Upon being hired at Georgia, Jeremy Pruitt promised to make Georgia’s defense simple and effective. The effective part won’t be known until September, but the simple part is already making itself known, just two practices in.
The defense’s leader in linebacker Ramik Wilson told the Macon Telegraph, “It’s a lot more easy.”
Just ask defensive lineman Toby Johnson, who said the defense is much simpler, and it allows players to play fast, even the linemen.
“That’s the thing I like about the defense, there ain’t 50 million calls,” Johnson told the Athens Banner-Herald. “Everything’s fast paced. You get your calls and we’ve got our own signals, too, as a D-line. We’ve got to know the signals just as much as the linebackers. That makes you play fast, too.”
Nose guard Mike Thornton echoed the same sentiments about a much simpler defense.
“It’s definitely slowed down a little for the defense because he’s simplifies it a little bit more than we have in the past. It helps guys out as far as flying around.”
Georgia’s defense was a disaster last year. Lack of communication, poor tackling and really poor secondary play highlighted another underachieving defense. In fact, Todd Grantham’s defenses were all virtually underachieving units, especially in 2012.
Now, Jeremy Pruitt seems to bring a similar, but simpler scheme to Athens, and that should help in every area. Players aren’t worried about where they have to be on every play; they just play, because they know where they’re supposed to be in a simpler communication and style of play.
Just two practices in, Pruitt’s mentality and style of coaching is already having an impact on the defenders. Now, we won’t know how effective it will be until September, but players saying how much simpler things are is a great place to start.
I wonder if Louisville’s defensive players are confused yet?
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