The Pruitt Way isn’t into style points.

For those of you who think the steady dose of hiccups we’ve seen on defense is an indictment of the defensive coordinator, you’re right, but probably not for the reason you think.

If you’re Pruitt and you walked into a situation where you thought the program’s talent level wasn’t up to SEC standards and you’re committed to getting it there, that’s pretty much what you’re gonna do with the kids you brought in to get there.

In the short run, it ain’t gonna be pretty, though.

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23 responses to “The Pruitt Way isn’t into style points.

  1. It all sounds great but we still have a 3rd and Grantham D.

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  2. If we were doing this with juniors and seniors (see Martinez, Willie), people would be complaining about the coaches being too loyal to the older players. The same people are complaining about trying to win and build for the future with better players who are young. Briscoe, Parrish, Sanders, Abram, and McGraw with Rashad Roundtree and others are going to be damn good on the back end in a couple of years.

    Throw in a Trent Thompson and Jonathan Ledbetter up front with the guys who are likely coming to Athens next year with Natrez Patrick, Roquan Smith, and Tim Kimbrough. This defense is going to be very good because we’re going to have the right talent in the right spots.

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    • Mayor

      The reason we have so many young players playing now is that the guys who would be the older players were “runnoft” by CJP. And he was right. Trigga had some talent but was a bad apple. Josh Harvey-Clemmons also had talent but was a druggie. Both were selfish players. I, for one, am glad they’re gone. This team is better off without them.

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  3. W Cobb Dawg

    Not to mention a lot of key sophomores, like Carter, Sanders, & Parrish. We don’t have much in the way of veterans. With soo many newbees, it makes me wonder why we’ve been seeing so much bend-but-don’t-break style. I thought we’d be much more aggressive with our athleticism and applying much more pressure – at least until the young uns got better acclimated.

    I get that there’s a lot of concern about CJP at this point. Let’s be honest – he’s been delegated much of the responsibility for running the program. Far more responsibilities than any other DC I’m aware of. He’s likely the closest thing to a co-head coach in cfb.

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    • I didn’t mention Zo. I hope he has a better 2nd half than his 1st half.

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    • I understand your point, but the kind of players he wants to recruit are only going to be here three years. Sanders, Carter, Parrish, Davis, Mauger, Kimbrough, et al are now entering the last half of a three year stay. We shouldn’t be using the “still learning” excuse for them and their inability to defend UT.

      If guys still have to learn his system a year and a half in them maybe it is too complicated a system.

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  4. PLovey

    Pruitt is the ultimate Jekyll/Hyde, great against the creampuff offenses (5 of the bottom 20), terrible against the top offenses (Bama & TN).

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  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    Two years to Jerusalem?

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  6. I believe Pruitt Is on track with what he wants to accomplish this season..
    Another good class of recruits would help a lot in the future’ Meanwhile,
    I hope the Defense we have Is at Its best against the _____- Gators..

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  7. Argondawg

    I thought this was an 8-4 maybe 9-3 team from the jump. I do not understand why some thought we were top 15 material. Hell the administration has just in the lat 10 months committed to being a top 10 program. I have some issues with Richt’s coaching but the biggest has probably been his unwillingness to rock the boat to get what he needs. He is a good coach and a great man but sometimes you have to yell for some people up the ladder to hear you. So instead of yelling he hired CJP to yell for him. If we can get a signal caller everything else is gonna work out.

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  8. JCDAWG83

    Having a totally inept offense that can’t score when it matters doesn’t help a young defense either. Never ending three and outs and putting the defense on the field for the majority of the game is a great way to get experience for the young players but not a great way to win many games.

    As always; Georgia is going to be great next year or the year after that.

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  9. MGW

    Can’t really remember another season since Richt has been at UGA where the coaches were so blatantly preparing for the future, even if they won’t say thats what they’re doing. I just wish we weren’t going to be doing the exact same thing at QB next year.

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