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But Tech’s biggest problem Saturday against Georgia was no different than what its biggest problem...

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But Tech’s biggest problem Saturday against Georgia was no different than what its biggest problem has been for four years under coach Paul Johnson. Their defense stinks. They can’t stop anybody or intimidate anybody. Two many games come down to pinball games. Bad defense got Dave Wommack fired after two seasons. Bad defense under Al Groh should leave his future uncertain at the end of a two-year contract. Groh hasn’t said definitively that he wants to come back, but the question Johnson needs to ask himself is: Do I want him back? This is no minor issue. Johnson has won 34 games in four seasons. The Jackets’ 8-4 record this season going into their bowl finale certainly is not worse than most projected at the outset of this season, and it’s probably better. But when you have a defense that ranks 43rd in yardage, 56th in points allowed and 89th in third-down conversion, you’re not going anywhere. ... Tech is no better off on defense today than it was when they fired the last guy. Nationally, under Wommack the Jackets finished 28th (2008) and 54th (2009) in total defense. They were 64th in Groh’s first season and went into this week 43rd. Scoring defense in the past four seasons: 20th and 38th, respectively, under Wommack; 37th and 56th (entering the week) under Groh. ... But the head coach isn’t going anywhere. Groh, we’re not so sure. And when Tech fails, it’s usually not because of the offense.

Schultzy @ Atlanta's Joke Constitution What do y'all think? Too harsh, fairly accurate, or off the mark completely? How many years should a coach be allocated to "recruit his players" before it can be deduced that there's not going to be some huge turn-around in performance?

"Rob Ryan ripped into the cornerbacks, and just launched a profanity laced tirade. To which point...

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"Rob Ryan ripped into the cornerbacks, and just launched a profanity laced tirade. To which point the offense turned over from their meeting, to where J was talking to them, in just a nice gentle voice, and turned around and just could not believe. I mean he was bringing some paint off the wall with some of the words that he was saying, and he was particularly upset with some of the corners and their breakdowns in coverage. He let them know, and he used every word in the book to let them know, and everybody on the team took note of it." -Matt Mosley (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ6mmSbBWEc)

Rambis has given [Martell] the freedom to make mistakes and play through them. He said he felt if...

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Rambis has given [Martell] the freedom to make mistakes and play through them. He said he felt if he made mistakes with the Blazers, "I was going to get barked at and told not to do it again and get the ball to the point guard, yadda, yadda, yadda, etcetera, etcetera. Here, the coach emphasizes you play through it, you don't hang your head. You do it, you get back on defense and you forget about it."

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wolves/104606234.html?page=2&c=y

"I may be white, but I'm fast!'

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"I may be white, but I'm fast!'

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/15521/buckeyes-tyler-moeller-relishes-his-return Great article by Adam Rittenberg on Tyler Moeller's return.

"I never had a clue on how fun defense really is because we never played it." -Amare Stoudemire,...

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"I never had a clue on how fun defense really is because we never played it." -Amare Stoudemire, stating the not-so-obvious about the obvious

From Paul Coro at azcentral.com

Hey Chunky Charlie: Learn how to play defense!

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Hey Chunky Charlie: Learn how to play defense! from Charlie Villanueva's Facebook page: Charlie Villanueva Taking a much needed vacation in Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata to be exact. And loving every moment of it. The people here always show me luv! I think the team needed this down time to get our mind right and get our priorities correct, which in my book is winning. Time for some chill and peace. L8r Yesterday at 6:53am Steven Vacante have a nice break, practice playing D-FENSE while there! Yesterday at 7:08am Mike Read a book about defense while your there Yesterday at 7:26pm Lauren Dantoi you take a vacation every time you guard in the post! ; ) Yesterday at 11:12pm

Sticking to defensive principles is a big difference from the Wizards of the past. Haywood and his...

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Sticking to defensive principles is a big difference from the Wizards of the past. Haywood and his teammates said one of their problems under Eddie Jordan was inconsistent strategy. Jordan had his defense but brought in assistant Randy Ayers to teach a new scheme, only to switch back when the team was struggling. Later, the players recalled, they returned to Ayers' system.

Mike Jones, Washington Times. Consider the source (Haywood never hesitates to bash Eddie Jordan), but it kind of confirms one of my biggest problems with Jordan, which is that he confused the team with all his different zone traps and schemes. Having one set philosophy seems to be the key to good defense, not having several ones to "confuse" the defense.

"We got rid of a lot of bad apples and brought in a lot of good ones," Bailey said. "That was the...

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"We got rid of a lot of bad apples and brought in a lot of good ones," Bailey said. "That was the key to getting this thing really turned around.

Champ Bailey gets real on why the Broncos are so much better on The Sporting News.

It doesn't matter what, outside this locker room, they're saying about this team. We make our own...

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It doesn't matter what, outside this locker room, they're saying about this team. We make our own reality in work, the way we practice, the way we prepare, and the way we play on game day. So people can continue to talk about us in the negative. That's fine. We don't believe in that.

Broncos safety Brian Dawkins

Dungy said not to read anything into the photo op although he still intends to ponder retirement...

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Dungy said not to read anything into the photo op although he still intends to ponder retirement when this season ends. ... For the first time since 2003, the Colts had more punts in a season than touchdowns. ... Bironas' miss ended a stretch of 12 straight field goals, dating to Nov. 9. ... The Colts allowed only six touchdowns through the air this season, the fewest ever in a 16-game NFL season. ... Titans linebacker Josh Stamer hurt his groin. ... Titans third-string quarterback Chris Simms played for the first time in 26 months in the fourth quarter.

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