Georgia Tech fires defensive coordinator Al Groh

Breaking news this afternoon, Paul Johnson, head football coach at Georgia Tech, announced that Al Groh would be relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator immediately!  Well, well, it comes as no surprise as the GT defense has been awful, giving up around 1800 total yards in the past three games.  In addition, they are giving up an average of 46 points scored by the opposing team. For that matter, the defense has been pretty awful during the whole Al Groh tenure of trying to implement the 3-4 scheme over the past three years.  Georgia Tech simply did not have the athletes to produce significantly good results using the 3-4.  Moreover, the defense had and has become such a liability to Johnson’s triple option attack.  They need a defense that can get the other team off the field, some three and outs, so that they can put their time consuming but also explosive triple threat attack on the field.  Mentioned as possible interim defensive coordinator replacements are current defensive assistants Charles Kelly and Andy McCollum.

With a bye week ahead and three very winnable games to follow, this comes at a time when there is perhaps the hope of turning things around and the season not going completely south.  Let us hope that proves to be correct and there can be a very good hire as defensive co-ordinator in GT’s future, one that understands the athletes he has to work with and the importance of his scheme maximizing the potential of the GT’s triple option offense.

I still say, and will continue to say, Vad Lee needs to be playing QB.  GT needs to pass in addition to using their powerful and comfusing ground attack to outscore opponents.

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