Published February 12, 2014 - 3:26pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
The best coordinator hire this offseason was no doubt Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt left FSU for UGA, and the Bulldogs essentially traded Todd Grantham for Pruitt. I hope there’s a short ESPN ‘30 for 30’ on how it all went down.
Georgia’s biggest problem has been making elite athletes and defenders play elite together, especially under Grantham. Grantham ran a 3-4 scheme, and that’s what Pruitt’s defenses are known for.
Pruitt and new defensive assistant recently spoke about the scheme we can expect in 2014, via Athens-Banner Herald.
“They’ll be times we’ll line up with three down linemen and they’ll be times when we line up with four down linemen,” Pruitt said. “It’s varied based on what the offense is doing to us and for one, what we think our best personnel is.
“For the most part, the basis of it was a carbon copy,” said Sherrer. “I know he did some things that we did at Hoover High School (in Alabama). We did a little bit of that at South Alabama, but the terminology, the scheme, the coverages, the pressures, all of those type of things are exactly the same things.
“Teams that are 3-4, you’ll see them line up in 4-3 defenses and teams that are 4-3, you’ll see them line up in odd defenses,” he said when he was hired. “I think you’ve got to be able to do both.”
The type of defense the Bulldogs line up in will depend largely on the offensive personnel package.
Let me say this: don’t get all caught up in a 3-4 or 4-3 and varied or multiple talk; what Pruitt must do is simplify the scheme and the players’ jobs on every play. The lack of communication has been a problem. The tackling has been a problem. This all can be corrected with fundamentals. Hopefully for UGA, Pruitt brings a simple mindset to the defense and every player will know what he is trying to accomplish on every play.