“Hopefully Dawg Nation is seeing a difference in our defense this year.”

Damian Swann has made a lot of thoughtful points about this year’s defense. He’s got an interesting comparison between the two defensive coordinators he’s played for.

“When you’re talking about the defense as a whole, what those two guys bring to a defense is kind of different,” Swann said. “Coach Grantham’s a front guy and coach Pruitt is a secondary guy. It was more beneficial to me bringing Pruitt in than it probably was for the guys up front. At the same time, both of those guys are helluva coordinators. Both of those guys know football. Both of those guys know what to do. It’s just one focused on this position and we’ve got coach Pruitt that focused on my position. And it’s kind of what we needed, what I needed and it worked in our favor.”

That makes some sense to me.  Then again, Grantham’s predecessor was Willie Martinez, so what do I know?

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23 responses to ““Hopefully Dawg Nation is seeing a difference in our defense this year.”

  1. DirtyBird

    Pruitt did a worse job than Scott Lakatos in 2011 overall, you compare with a much less hyped DB Coach in Scott Lakatos to give Pruitt some context.

    Lakatos had a 50% completion rate vs, and picked 20 int’s in 2011. pruitt held to 54%, but only picked 13 int’s.
    Pruitt gave up 12 pass td’s, Lakatos 12
    Both allowed a low of 5.7 yp attempt
    Passer rating 106 Pruitt, 98 Lakatos.
    Lakatos faced 3 teams that ended up in the top 10, Pruitt only faced 1 that ended up in the top 10.

    The run defense dropped from 43rd in 2013 to 77th this year–not going to win the SEC with that performance, hopefully Pruitt/Rocker will do a ton better there, and it would be nice to beat Lakatos numbers next year showing how Pruitt deserves the hype.

    it was a light schedule, only 1 team on the schedule ended up in the top 10, still 9-3?, doesn’t make sense.

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    • Why am I not surprised you ignore the job Lakatos did in his other three years in Athens?

      Nice cherry picking, dude. This is why nobody here takes you seriously.

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      • DirtyBird

        One could say cherry picking is comparing 2014 Pruitt to 2013 Lakatos then of course.

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        • Except no one was doing that. Minor detail.

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          • DirtyBird

            It sure did, the article compared 2014, to 2013, cherry pickin 101, picked the former staff’s worst year:

            The Georgia defense has shown improvement virtually across the board this season after Grantham’s exit and the arrival of new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, going from allowing 29 points per game to 21.3, from 375.5 yards per game to 334.8 and from 15 turnovers gained to 26.

            Good thing they didn’t pick the 2011 scoring defense of 20.6, 277 total yards per game, and 32 forced turnovers. I guess the whole article wouldn’t have made much sense then though.

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    • You think Pruitt’s numbers are bad compared to Lakatos you should compare them to our secondary coach from 1903. That guy held the opponent to 0.0 yards per attempt and a zero passer rating! Wonder what ever became of that guy?

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      • DirtyBird

        I’m surprised Pruitt 2014 could not outperform a much lesser known name Lakatos 2011, just sayin.

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        • I’m far from the most Disney on here but you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken shit. I’d say the secondary was pretty good for having most of its highest rated guys leave/get kicked off.

          Just look at Swann. He took a lot of crap last year and probably rightfully so. This year he played well. Good on him. If we hadn’t gagged away the GT game he could probably gotten free drinks for life for that fumble return.

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    • PTC DAWG

      You add nothing to this blog with this nonsense. JMHO.

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  2. I remember when Pruitt was hired by FSU, Fisher made a comment something to the effect of how he liked Pruitt’s approach of defending “from the back to the front”. Put in the context of Swann’s comments, I guess you could say Grantham’s approach was more of defending from the front to the back. More than one way to skin a cat, just comes down to being able to get your players to understand and execute what you want done. Thus far I would give Pruitt a leg up on that.

    I mentioned it the other day, but I really hope Sanders and Mauger stay healthy and continue to develop. With that “from the back to the front” mentality, seems like that puts a huge premium on the safety position, which is also evidenced by how much Swann played at safety as the season wore on. I really think once Pruitt has 2 guys back there that he trusts to make the right reads and clean up any mistakes from the other 9, we’re gonna see some fun stuff from Pruitt’s defenses.

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    • DirtyBird

      If you were impressed by Pruitt’s defense vs Florida, I really don’t know what to say. Does that say Championship defense to you? We got a long ways to go.

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  3. Dirty bird….are you comparing lactose to pruitt? Lol…lol…lol..lol.. Pruitt is 10X better than scott

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  4. Cojones

    Beginning with “Lakatos….” and ending with “….the top 10.”, those stats could probably be proven within a 95% confidence level to not being significantly different. Player differences and opportunity come into play for those stats, but try them using the same teams played by both coaches. It can’t be done because players and teams vary from year to year.

    That was a poor attempt, DB.

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  5. Cojones

    I have the utmost admiration for Pruitt considering that he has full confidence in what he is teaching these kids. Leaving the comfort of a top D in order to move sideways for the reasons he gives puts Pruitt in a man’s position of coaching. He has no second thoughts about his ability and neither do I.

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    • DirtyBird

      Sure, all his DB’s this year made All American, the All American voters must disagree with your assessment a little, funny man.

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      • Cojones

        You keep getting further away from your original premise. You are beginning to compare cheesecake to pussies. You can’t have your cake and eat it also. Oh,.. wait….

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  6. J-Dawg

    I’m sure that Pruitt will clean up the run defense for next season plus he will have talent “he” specifically recruited for his scheme in place. Overall defense will be really improved in all phases, but the real payoff will be in 2016 when our QB has a season under his belt and a head-hunting defense rules the field. I fully expect an SEC championship at minimum for that year.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    Swann is on the mark. When CTG was hired he talked of having a very aggressive D. I think we expected a Demarcus Ware- type of pass rush, and we got just that from Justin Houston and Jarvis Jones. I think CTG hurt himself when he kept making the D more complex, and its obvious Lakatos was mailing it in.

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    • Just look at Swann from this year compared to last year. Much better player this year and I submit that if we hadn’t gagged away the tech game his fumble recovery and return would make it hard for him to pay for drinks in GA for years to come.

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