Post-Game Interview With Dave Wommack

Following Saturday night's victory at Mississippi State, GoJackets.com had a chance to speak with Georgia Tech Defensive Coordinator, Dave Wommack. Coach Wommack talked about the need to improve, the importance of the turnovers, and working on the team's tackling.

How did it go tonight?

"It was good to get the turnovers. We were flying around out there. We missed a bunch of tackles. We missed a bunch of open field tackles chasing some people in the zones. In the first half we didn't get some people across the top in the zones and the linebackers were biting on the option. Obviously we have some work to do."

Was technique the problem on the tackles?

"Yeah, I thought so. We were taking some shots at them treating it like there was a second guy coming and we missed a lot of tackles in the open field. There was a lot of hidden yardage with that."

Brad mentioned that they were hanging the ball out there and you were able to punch the ball out?

"Yeah, we showed them right before we loaded the bus some technique on how they were turning it over. They were holding the ball out there and we showed them all the turnovers we got against them last year and the turnovers that they had this year."

Did you make some changes in the secondary towards the end of the game?

"We went to a three man rush and had more defensive backs. We went to a 3-5-3 is what we did."

How did Michael Peterson and Martin Frierson perform once they got in there?

"I think at times they did some good things. We still have some more work to do. They did a good job of emptying out on us and ran some people on some crossing routes so we were chasing some people instead of rerouting and just sitting in the zone."

How impressed were you with the red zone defense?

"If they can't get it in to score, you're in good shape. We gave up twenty four points in the game and we could have given up more if we didn't stop them down there. That's why you play defense. I was proud of the guys getting the turnovers. That was the good thing that we did."

How helpful was the offense chewing up the clock?

"That's one of the great things about being here at Georgia Tech. It's one of the reasons that Paul has been so successful over the years because they can control the clock and they've always been able to run the ball effectively. If you can do those things right there and get some turnovers, you're going to be successful. We've got to get better on defense. There's no question about it. We just have to get overall better on defense."

How important was Anthony Egbuniwe's play in the first quarter?

"I think it was important. Anytime in a game you can get the turnovers it's good. Obviously turnovers were huge in the game."

How different will it be next week with Florida State? Are they similar with their offense?

"I think you have to classify it half of it is an option offense and half of it is a spread them out. Their number one thing is to go empty and throw the ball. You have to be able to stop this team from running the football. I don't know if we did a good job of that tonight. Getting turnovers was all we did good tonight."

Is getting signals a problem with the crowd noise?

"From day one with the kids we taught them all the signals across the board. That's why we don't huddle up as much anymore. That's why everyone should be able to look over to the sidelines and get the signals. That shouldn't even be an issue.


GoJackets.com Top Stories