5 things we’ve learned about the 2014 Georgia Bulldogs after three games

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Sep 13, 2014; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver

Nick Jones

(3) makes a reception over Georgia Bulldogs cornerback

Damian Swann

(5) in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 – The secondary is the Achilles heel of the team, and may be all season

Everyone knew it was going to be difficult, very difficult, for new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to field an effective and steady secondary.

With so many personnel losses and so many young and inexperienced players, along with a new system and way of going about the daily business on defense, this group of defensive backs was going to take a lot of heat all season.

They’ve shown some flashes of what could be, but they’ve also been beaten badly at times. Even the Troy Trojans, who didn’t even have their starting quarterback in the game, were able to effectively move the ball in the air against Georgia.

You can probably expect Pruitt to do a lot of shuffling in the starters and positions, as well as in how he schemes for games. It’s obvious that the zone defense is not going to work, but by giving up those soft spots in the middle of the field by going man-to-man, the Bulldogs open themselves up to big play possibilities.

The best remedy for this group is for Pruitt to find a way to generate faster pressure on the quarterback from the front seven, making timing routes impossible to hit, and getting the ball out of a QBs hands before receivers have a chance to gain a step on the Georgia DBs.

Patience is going to be the key with this group, for both coaches and fans.