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Georgia Tech vs. Clemson: Al Groh's seat getting warmer

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson hasn't dropped the hammer on defensive coordinator Al Groh yet. But the Yellow Jackets defense needs to improve before the season slips away.

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

With the Georgia Tech defense reeling, the seat under GT defensive coordinator Al Groh appears to be getting warmer. The Jackets have given up over 40 points each of the last two weeks: 42 in a loss to Miami on September 22, and 49 in an embarrassing loss to Middle Tennessee last weekend. Georgia Tech opponents racked up 1,119 yards in those two games.

"I’m not going to sit here and try to defend how we’ve played the last couple of weeks," GT head coach Paul Johnson told the Macon Telegraph. "It would be stupid because we’ve played terrible."

Johnson has yet to point the finger at Groh, who brought a 3-4 defense with him 2010. Groh had employed the same scheme as the head coach at Virginia before being fired in 2009. His defense played well the first three weeks of the 2012 season before coming apart against the Hurricanes.

"I don’t think the man forgot everything he knew in the last two weeks," Johnson added. "It doesn’t matter what you know, it’s what happens, and so we’ve got to do a better job of getting it on the field."

Groh's defense certainly won't get a respite this Saturday. The Yellow Jackets travel to Death Valley to take on the high-flying Clemson Tigers.

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