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Falcons must be prepared against Saints' smart QB

...Orleans (3-5) on Sunday, Atlanta will have a better chance at success now that Mike Nolan is their first-year defensive coordinator.Atlanta has dropped three in a row in the series, and its blowout loss in Week 16 last December at the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2012-11-08/falcons-must-be-prepared-agai
North Carolina tries to prepare for Georgia Tech's new wrinkle on offense

...of, let's just go play. That's where it's at."The more important new look for Georgia Tech is first-year defensive coordinator Ted Roof's 4-3 scheme. Defense has been the Yellow Jackets' weakness in recent seasons. The new defense...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/2013-09-20/north-carolina-tries-prep
Clemson's defense improves

...Clemson's 26-19 victory over Auburn at the Georgia Dome.There were plenty of mistakes Swinney and first-year defensive coordinator Brent Venables will highlight on tape before moving forward. But they also won't be able to ignore how...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/clemson/2012-09-02/clemsons-defense-improves
Georgia no longer has an interception problem

...the passing game. Most of the focus was on new techniques, better skills and different game plans, but first-year defensive coordinator Willie Martinez wanted a change in attitude, too. So, he came up with a rallying cry. "GTBB - get the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/09/09/uga_399.shtml
UGA
Stewart gets his shot

...general havoc. "Yeah, he's in a position to make some plays and he's done it," Phillips, Atlanta's first-year defensive coordinator, said Wednesday. "They're going to attack that position to see if we're strong enough there, and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/08/29/pro_355557.shtml
NFL
Defense carrying the load for struggling Gamecocks

...losing streak. "We've got enough defense that we can win a low-scoring game," Spurrier said. Under first-year defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, South Carolina's top 10 in the nation defense is allowing just over 201 yards a game...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/09/29/usc_477556.shtml
USC
Falcons notebook

...total defense, allowed only 226 yards of net offense. Miami gained only 50 yards rushing on 20 attempts. First-year defensive coordinator Don Blackmon, whose unit had allowed 134 points in the last four games, gave up two touchdowns. The Dolphin...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/12/31/pro_330363.shtml
NFL
Gamecocks' defense gets credit for victory over Vols

...had a great effort of trying to play physical and make good plays against a very talented team," said first-year defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who recently had his contract extended through 2011. "You put a lot of time in it, and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/11/03/usc_482074.shtml
USC
Georgia Tech defense is looking to regroup

...season-opening loss. "I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn't expect that," said Tech's first-year defensive coordinator. The Eagles became the seventh team in Tech's last eight games, dating back to the 1997 season, to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/09/26/col_240063.shtml
College
Stellar 'D' picks up the slack

...49 passing). "We got a long way to go on offense," Spurrier said after praising the performance of first-year defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. "I appreciate our fans being patient with our offense." Chris Smelley, who started seven...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/08/29/usc_471285.shtml
USC