Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tuesday's scrimmage notes get "defensive"

Richt says the defense won the day, but we know the stats he provides are about as accurate as most 40yo's listed weight on their driver's license. In the ball park, but not an exact science. And then he hands the media the scrimmage notes which in turn are passed on for our digestion.

  • Most notable, Ray Drew had quite a day. He said he just went out and played and he's pleased with his progression. I'll say! Had a couple sacks and was basically "unblockable" according to some players. 
  • Granted its just a spring scrimmage, but if you can get pressure and containment from a defensive end in a base 3-4, that's a very good thing. 
  • Jordan Jenkins added a couple of sacks as well.
  • Also good to hear there was a scuffle or two. Evidently Hutson Mason and Amarlo Herrera had at least one disagreement. Mason also bristled a bit over some of his stats with the media, but overall seemed to enjoy being the #1 QB for the day with Murray at an awards banquet. 
  • Tray Matthews continues to get a lot of praise from teammates on both sides of the ball. He and Sheldon Dawson appear to be pulling away in the secondary. And Ramik Wilson continues to solidify an inside linebacker spot.
  • Speaking of inside linebacker, Ryne Rankin wasn't listed in the stats but he bragged a little about getting a pick. Good on ya!
  • Offensively it looked like Chris Conley and Keith Marshall lead the charge along with Mason.

You can pore over the stats as well as a video of Mason talking about the scrimmage HERE.
I'll admit. I was pretty damned impressed with the defense when I first started reading those stats and the tweets from the media. Then you have to stop yourself and think - how much of this was the coaches pumping up the defense a little? I'm sure those stats (like any spring scrimmage) are subjective to a generous degree.

But I like the fact that Mason was upset. On one hand it tells you a little about the passion he plays with on the field. And also because that's a factual, objective point that tells you the defense was doing something right. Quite often too evidently.