Dan Werner talks Georgia defense

A Q-And-A with Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner as the Rebels prepare for No. 7 Georgia. …

Q:  What can you expect out of Georgia’s defense?

“These guys are really good.  Let me put it to you this way, when we got on the bus after the game I was feeling pretty good and they had the Florida/Georgia game on, and after about 15 minutes of watching it I pulled out the laptop and started grading our film.  I just didn’t want to watch anymore of their defense because they were shutting down the number 2 team in the country at that point, so obviously they are pretty good.”

Q:  What are their defensive schemes like?

“They run a lot of different schemes, and they cause problems. They are going to mess with your protections and not only are they going to try to out-physical you in a four-man front, they also bring things that we are going to have to be smart and get a hat on a hat in.”

Q:  How good are they now that they are at full strength?

“Well you saw last week they played their best game of the year defensively, and they look like they are clicking on all cylinders now.”

Q:  Is that a by-product of coaches being able to recruit to their schemes and their players?

“I’ve always thought so, apparently ADs and Presidents don’t agree. Mark has been there for 10+ years and he’s a great football coach.  Match that with he’s had most of his coaches with him the whole time, and that creates a lot of stability there.’

Q:  What were your impressions on Jeff Scott and Randall Mackey at slot receiver?

“I thought it was really good. Our last drive that is the formation we were in the whole time, so that worked out pretty good.  We’ve thought about using it more and more, we just hadn’t had the right situation to do it yet, and obviously that was the right time for us and it worked out.”

Q:  Do you expect to use quicker passes against Georgia?

“Yeah we definitely want to get the ball out quick this week. Matt Luke is in my ear all day saying we are going to get rid of the ball quick right?”


Q:  Is this a game that we are going to see more up tempo than we did against Arkansas?

“We’re always in the tempo.  It’s just a matter of how fast we will go, but we definitely want to go fast.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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