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Blog: Change for better on Yellow Jackets’ defense?

Similar questions, different answers from opposing head coaches before facing Georgia Tech.

It all centered on how the Yellow Jackets defense has changed after the firing of Al Groh and the promotion of secondary coach Charles Kelly to interim defensive coordinator after six games.

Georgia coach Mark Richt didn’t want to go there when asked this week for the difference he’s seen in the Yellow Jackets’ defense.

“I’m not going to make comment on that because I have some opinions on that, we have some opinions on that, but I don’t want to really say it publicly because it may help the other team decide how they might want to play us,” Richt said. “But I think there are some differences.”

Here’s how Maryland coach Randy Edsall answered when asked prior to Georgia Tech’s 33-13 win on Nov. 3: “Well, I don’t think you see as much pressure as what you saw before. Again, I think there’s subtleties there. I think they’re running around very, very hard, playing hard, giving great effort. Again, it looks like they might not be as complex as what they had been previously.

And North Carolina coach Larry Fedora before a 68-50 Tar Heels loss on Nov. 10: “Scheme-wise, not much difference. I think they’ve probably simplified things. They’re not doing as much as they were doing early. I think what you’re seeing is their kids. Now you’re seeing the athleticism in their kids come out. They’re playing faster and playing harder because they know what to do.”

Georgia Tech is 4-1 since Groh, who a ran a 3-4 defense, was dismissed. The Yellow Jackets have allowed an average of 29 points and 347.6 yards per game during that stretch.

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