Looking back on Swann’s 2013 season, I do agree that part of his problem stemmed from going from being the baby in the secondary surrounded by veteran talent to being the old man of the bunch. (I also think he was more suited to playing the Star position than he was to corner, but that’s another story.)
But Chris Conley hits on another issue that affected his play last season.
“I think Swann’s going to benefit a lot from the coaching changes,” Conley said. “Swann’s a guy who pays attention to details and tries to do things the right way. And unfortunately in the past, there wasn’t a lot of detail given. [Emphasis added.]
“And that’s the difference. That’s the huge difference with Coach Pruitt. Everything’s about detail, and everything’s about doing it the right way. So I think Swann will benefit immensely from those changes, and the defense in and of itself will benefit.”
I hope he’s right. There are always players who benefit from a coaching change. And it sounds like the Grantham/Lakatos Fan Club lost another member.
Swann is a guy they need pretty badly to be a significant contributor. And he’s definitely not playing Star this year. The good thing is that Pruitt sounds like he believes he can make something out of Swann.