I mentioned this in passing the other day, but one thing to keep in mind with the coaching changes is that Jeremy Pruitt is the first defensive coordinator under Richt who was presented with a clean slate in terms of hiring assistants on day one. How big a deal is that?
Q: Does it make it a little more comfortable of a jump because you’ll be working with Jeremy and the two of you know each other well?
A: Definitely. I know – our system and his system, we brought it from Alabama – and it’s very similar. He and I always talked throughout the season about different things and whatnot. Just the familiarity of me the him and him to me and knowing what’s kind of expected out of the defensive scheme that we’re going to put together will probably help both us a lot. It’s hard to make everyone understand what you think and when there’s already someone there who knows what you think it makes the transition go a lot easier.
Mind you, this is coming from a guy who still hasn’t been assigned a position to coach yet. You’ve got to think hitting the ground running with a staff that has your back not just from a loyalty standpoint but also intellectually in terms of knowing what you’re trying to do has to be helpful for a new coordinator. Between that and the number of players returning who are already used to playing in a 3-4, I’d like to think the confidence level will be palpably improved between this year’s opener with Clemson and last year’s. We’ll see.