Ellis Johnson has four rules to live by. I’ll be thinking about this one today in particular, watching Pruitt’s defense:
3. Teach defensive players to make calls on the fly.
Hurry-up teams snap the ball so fast that it’s impossible at times for a defensive coordinator to get the call from the sideline to the field and the players lined up before the snap. In response, a defensive coordinator has to simplify his calls and teach his players to make them on the field and get into position before the snap.
“Everything is a read; nothing is a set play,” Auburn linebacker Kris Frost said. “You get the play call, and you look at the offense, and you adjust to how the offense is lined up and adjust to the play. … Anything can change.”
That was not exactly what we saw last year.