Georgia Tech's firing of defensive coordinator Al Groh after three consecutive losses in which the Jackets gave up more than 30 points has fundamentally changed the program. Now interim coordinator Charles Kelly, the team's former secondary coach, is focused on a renewal of energy and fundamentals, according to the AJC:
"I believe this," he said. "I believe you try to put guys in the best situation, let ’em play fast and let the chips fall where they may."
"The biggest thing we want to do is concentrate on going back and working on the fundamentals of the game," he said. "This game, it’s not very complicated."
One major problem for Tech has been missed assignments and poor communications. Head coach Paul Johnson was quoted earlier in the week as saying the Jackets' defense had missed 47 individual assignments in their loss to Clemson last week.
According to the AJC, one way to increase fundamentals will be to simplify elements of the defense. Tech will go from a primarily "two-gap" system to "one-gap" for linemen, giving the defensive line single assignments for creases and therefore the ability to play with more aggression.