Pruitt’s Defense = Attack

Jeremy Pruitt

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Jeremy Pruitt’s defensive strategy an be described with one word – attack. Here are the reactions of some FSU players after having been exposed to Pruitt’s defense prior to the 2013 national championship season.

“It’s a totally different defense as far as no more reading, it’s more just like see it and go,” said DE Mario Edwards.

“I feel like with this defense we’re around the ball all the time, I feel like. Like I don’t know how, but I mean, I feel like it’s unstoppable,” joked CB Nick Waisome. “There’s always an answer for something. I feel like if a play is made on us it’s because of a miscommunication or something like that, but I like it.”

“Just the look of the defense overall is a lot different, we still cover just as much, I can’t really explain it you’ve just got to see it,” said S Terrence Brooks. “But we definitely switch it up a lot, we got a lot of different guys coming, we got Christian Jones playing some D-End at some point, got D-Ends dropping into coverage, it looks real good to me.”

“A lot more blitzes, I mean I’m blitzing a lot more coming off the edge. Just our blitz schemes, I feel like I like it a lot, it gives us a chance to make more plays,” said Brooks.

“This defense is very complex but we’re actually getting it down really good. Pruitt teaches a lot of the in’s and out’s of the games as of like how to run to the ball, how to be in our stance, what to look for in linemen and and anything like that and I feel like we’ve been doing a lot better just by picking up those little things.”

“You learn more of the concepts of the defense versus just an assignment,” said DE Dan Hicks. “Like you know your assignment now and why you’re doing it and where your help is and where your help is not and where you’re supposed to be so they just really break down so you just understand the defense yourselves.”

“Nothing against the defense from last year but this system makes you feel like a football player,” said DT Eddie Goldman. “You’re making all these checks, if you see something you’re going to change it, we get a little bit of freedom as a D-Lineman too.

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21 comments
bpUGA09
bpUGA09

I'd be the happiest Dawg fan if the D just improved their tackling for once.  Over the last few years, I can't even begin to count how many times we've had a play stopped in the backfield or for a short gain only to miss a tackle (or several).

shane#1
shane#1

This type of defense is what I expected from Grantham. I want to see more pre snap movement by the LBs and DBs. I want different packages based on down and distance. I want disguised blitzes and zones. I really like zone blitzes, can I have some more please Sir?? I want more bump and run and more pressure on the QB. I know you want the best players on the field, but every D player on the roster was offered a slot for a reason, lets find out where their talents lie and give them a chance to shine on the field.

Signal Mtn Dawg
Signal Mtn Dawg

WE have a ways to go - but have good returning talent.  I think what is impressing me  about Pruitt (at least from what I am reading) is that he has simplified the concepts of the 3-4 to where the kids better understand what they are doing and can play fast as a unit.

It will be fun watching how our defense progressess.

Also - I am hoping the Mason turns out to be more than a servicable back-up.  Excited for this young man that he is getting his opportunity.  However,   he looked like a back-up against GT and NE - not a QB that has been in the system 4 years.

GaSoldier
GaSoldier

Saw a couple videos of him coaching, and we got a good coach! Coaches circles around Grantham...

josephfain
josephfain

Some things that should improve based on the video:

> Tackling

> Guys getting off blocks - we were terrible at this

> Safeties in position

> Sacks - you can blitz LBs / Ss more when you can trust your DBs in man coverage

JJohnson45
JJohnson45

This D with Rocker thrown in the mix, we should be nasty on D for the first time in awhile.

TheGod
TheGod

@shane#1 That's because he said the same thing.  Its all talk to for now

Reddawg13
Reddawg13

@JJohnson45 yeah, I am ready to knock some folks down and dare them to get back up!!

Bulldawg Bob2
Bulldawg Bob2

@TheGod @shane#1 Actually Grantham didn't say the same thing if that is who you are referring too, and if you just compare Grantham's players from his position coaching and his defenses as a DC to that of Pruitt's time as a coach, the eye test reveals a lot. What actually? That Grantham's defenses were based on players fitting into complicated schemes, that did not attack on long down and distance, and a secondary that played soft and off the line of scrimmage. If you look at any tape of Pruitt's defenses or position players when he was a playing coach, they do indeed attack. His secondaries play closer to the LOS and are much more physical and aggressive, and he adjust his defensive schemes to fit to the personal he has. He also uses simpler schemes, but moves guys around in those schemes to create confusion.

Pruitt has been the better collegiate coach than Grantham, and the eye test proves it. Yes. I agree. He has to prove it at UGA with the Dawg's roster; however, he has also done more in regards to recruiting in less than a month than Grantham did in 4 years.

BTW

## This is a sports site, specifically a Georgia Bulldawg sports site with an emphasis on college football; so, does that mean we cannot talk football here? ##

Those are sarcastic font BTW............

ecdawg
ecdawg moderator

@TheGod

If we had to wait for a season to end to talk football, fan sites would be ghost towns. Pruitt has led a defense on a championship team - so there's that.


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shane#1
shane#1

@rugbydawg79@TheGod@shane#1 I agree, lets give the guy a chance, besides, off season kool-aid taste pretty good to me. One more thing, do ya'll think the targeting rules were overly stressed last fall camp? Williams looked like a different player in season than the kid that was bustin' heads in the spring. I once saw him turn and take a hit from a wR rather than deliver the blow. That can get a man injured. It is always better to be the Hammer than the nail. [Obscure Fred Williamson reference.]

Bulldawg Bob2
Bulldawg Bob2

@Dyslexiia_Dawg  What Pruitt is saying and what he has done is different than what Grantham said and did.

Are you saying the Grantham hire in 2010 was on the same level as the Pruitt hire in 2014?

If you are comparing the two, then do some more research because they are night and day.