“Coach Pruitt has simplified a lot of stuff and it allows you to go play fast.”

Here’s an interesting piece on what Georgia’s former defensive coordinator has done as Alabama’s defensive coordinator since replacing Georgia’s current head coach.  Per the Sabanator,

“Well, I think that we’re playing the same system,” Saban said. “I think the one thing that we’ve done is we’ve repped the things that we’re going to play in the games, sort of pared it down a little bit. I think our players are a little bit more confident in what they’re supposed to do, the adjustments they need to make. I think they’ve played well because of that. It’s interesting to hear that the players think that, as well. It’s good to know.”

A little comparing, too:

Since taking over for Kirby Smart this year, Pruitt has created controlled chaos. After all, he hasn’t sacrificed aggressive tactics by condensing the playbook. The Tide is blitzing at a much higher rate than last year. During a three-game stretch earlier this season against Kent State, Kentucky and Arkansas, Alabama sent an extra rusher 49.5 percent of the time.

“Coach Pruitt, he does a great job at simplifying things for us to make sure that when we go out there on Saturday there’s not much confusion on the field and making sure everybody’s on the same page,” linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton said.

Maybe Georgia’s defense could have used some simplifying in the fourth quarter last Saturday.

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99 responses to ““Coach Pruitt has simplified a lot of stuff and it allows you to go play fast.”

  1. Biggus Rickus

    Having Alabama’s players probably wouldn’t have hurt either.

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    • Georgia’s defense against Tech in 2016: 7.5 yards per play.
      Georgia’s defense against Tech in 2015: 4.68 yards per play.

      Georgia’s players appeared to be enough for Pruitt to get the job done.

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      • Playing devil’s advocate: what did that look like in 2014? Not to make excuses for them, but Tech’s 2015 team had UGA 2013 level of injuries.

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        • Atticus

          Tech is better this year and we lost 4 good players in Ganus, Floyd, Jenkins and Bailey. People can spin things any way they like to support their views.

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          • Biggus Rickus

            5.38. It was about a half yard above the average on the season, but not terrible. Pruitt’s defenses didn’t have the spikes we saw against Ole Miss and Tech. Their worst performances in both of his seasons were against mediocre at best Florida offenses though.

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          • Biggus Rickus

            That was meant to be a reply to gatriguy.

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      • Nevermind, sorry. Didn’t realize they were links that I could click myself.

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      • Atticus

        LOL. As if losing Leonard Floyd, Jake Ganus, Sterling Bailey and Jordan Jenkins had nothing to do with it.

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      • Biggus Rickus

        Fortunately, there was absolutely no player turnover since last season, making it a completely apples to apples comparison. Pruitt’s a good defensive coordinator. The defense was not as good this year as last year. How much of that has to do with Tucker not being as good as Pruitt, how much that has to do with the fact that the best players on the defense are mostly freshmen and sophomores, and how much that has to do with learning curves to be expected from coaching overhauls remains to be seen.

        And since you singled out a game, I give you the Florida comparisons for 2015 and 2016: 6.16 to 3.16. Overall YPP are more in line with Grantham in our one year sample, for what it’s worth, which at this point is pretty much nothing.

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        • down island way

          don’t forget’ ua had 5 seniors and 3 juniors (starting line up) who were very familiar with the defensive scheme in place. over simplifying would have changed the connecting of the dots. CKS and crew is installing the scheme/PROCESS.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        Georgia’s Red Zone Defense in 2015: #3 nationally;
        Georgia’s Red Zone Defense in 2016: #127 nationally.

        (That’s dead last if Texas State makes a stop next week.)

        http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/current/team/704/p3

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      • DawgByte

        Uh, we don’t have 5 stars backing up 5 stars like they do at Bama. Paleeeze!

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  2. Pruitt will alway be our Icarus. He just flew too close to the sun.

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  3. A10Penny

    It sure was nice to see less confusion at the snap under Pruitt (or Tucker for that matter).

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  4. Jeff Sanchez

    So, the Broyles award finalists were announced – Kirby’s replacement at Alabama and Cheney’s replacement at Pittsburgh are in there.

    http://campussports.net/2016/11/28/2016-broyles-award-finalists-announced/

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  5. Scott Bailey

    Whole lotta snark in the past few posts. Uncharacteristically so. I’ll try the veal and tip the waitress.

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  6. Or some depth in the secondary since three starters went out with injury on the first TD drive in the 4th quarter.

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    • Texas Dawg

      As soon as Aaron Davis went out and Quincy Mauger came in, it was like a shark smelling blood in the water. They went right after him and exposed him.

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  7. PepperNeedsNewShorts

    I do think we missed Ganus and JJ against Tech, so it’s not a totally fair comparison. Still, it was a bit of a dumpster fire on D this year against Tech.

    I would also keep in mind that Saban probably isn’t interested in playing nice with Kirby. Maurice Smith probably strained their relationship, and Saban is no fool; he will use the success with Pruitt against Kirby on the recruiting trail, and that’s undoubtedly a big reason for him to make the statements he did. He wasn’t hiding the contrast in any way.

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    • My uninformed opinion: Tech really saw something with our secondary. I can never remember playing Tech when they ran so few dives.

      It seems like not only did they think they could hit some big passes on us, but they were really determined to run a lot of pitches and wash the safeties out.

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      • BCDawg97

        I thought the same thing. I haven’t watched a lot of Tech this year but they seemed to pass it more this game than in previous years.

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      • Sh3rl0ck

        They didn’t run the dive play much because of how the QB read the play. It seemed like Smart / Tucker took “Stop the Dive” as “Focus on the Dive”. Especially early in the game, every play had the first optioned man knock the piss out of the fullback while the QB kept the ball. Then, the second optioned man hesitated, this sucked in the man with pitch responsibilities, hence the pitch and the long gains. They got better as the game went on, bu

        The first part of stopping the dive requires you to force them to run the dive. If you are optioned, try to knock the QBs teeth out. If the defense can’t stop the dive without the unblocked man, you are going to lose anyway.

        As I wrote earlier in the week, I was quite worried about how Tucker and Smart would defend Fish Fry’s offense the first time. The scout team just can’t run the offense with the speed or precision needed to get a good look, and no one in the front seven really played much against it either. I suspect that they will do much better next year just as Martinez, Grantham, and Pruitt did.

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      • Russ

        I’d just mark that up to us having a nice defensive line this year. It was just easier to run wide and throw over the top.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Your last paragraph is spot on..Satan sees the numbers of the top recruits in GA that are actually committed to UGA..we have been his pipeline for too long.

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      • dawgtired

        “Satan sees the numbers of the top recruits in GA that are actually committed to UGA”

        According to Dawgs247, Robert Beal is the only GA commit on Bama’s target list. We have several common targets though.

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  8. Billy Mumphrey

    Is anyone else annoyed by the “like” stars?

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  9. Will Trane

    Hello Fran Tarkenton and the rest of the thin skin wine and cheese crowd.
    You folks would not know a damn defense if you played in one.
    Think you know where I stand on Pruitt and Smart.
    Now if we can get Mel moving.

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  10. ugafidelis

    I’ve always heard it was Saban’s defense anyway, the coordinators are just there right?

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  11. Went from #8 in scoring defense last year to 40 something this year, even that has not improved. Was hoping for a Bobo (HC), Pruitt lineup – and a McGarity termination. For now, I will just dream, it will keep me going. GO DAWGS!!

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    • Atticus

      Yes losing a couple of NFL draft picks in Floyd and Jenkins and very good senior leaders in Ganus and Bailey…..and having nobody to replace them….that made no difference…..Bobo as HC….LMAO.

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      • Greg

        losing only 2 of 11 is no reason to drop. Dawgs also #127 in red zone defense…that is out of a 128 teams. They were #3 in the country a year ago. Bobo??…even Vince Dooley was endorsing Bobo, perhaps McGarity should have paid attention. Bobo’s scoring offense – #39, the Dawgs – #107…..besides, at least we would have someone who has played the position (QB) to develop the rookie….and someone who has experience at running an O’.

        Perhaps you should do your homework or pick another sport….

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      • We should be losing 2-3 to NFL each year on both sides of ball if things are going right.

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  12. Will Trane

    Maybe if you guys looked at the SEC and CFB stats re defense you might have a little better outlook on where Smart is taking this defense.
    Dawgs are on the right path considering how young this defense is across the board and the player they lost to early exit NFL. If those junior LBs decide to stay and with the current recruit projections on defense, I think Smart will have a solid defense in 2017.
    Compare Dawgs to Tide. The latter had a lot of their 2016 players forego NFL entry and return.
    Tide has a very good D. No doubt, but do not be surprised if Gator give them a run Saturday.
    The two teams Dawgs will see more improved in 2017 will be Carolina and UK. Both at home. Think home games in 2017 will be different than 2016.
    No doubt UF and even Vandy will be tough on road. Vandy brings back a lot of offense in 2017, but 41 on D is probably gone.

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  13. Will Trane

    Play calling on offense in 2016 vs prior years.
    Tech games. Not much difference in CMR in ’14 vs KS in ’16. But wait, CMR had been there awhile and KS is first year with a frosh QB and very substandard Oline re SEC bar.
    Plus since it is SEC championship week and Tide and UF are there again. Seems like these are the only teams that go now. Want to think back to those closing seconds and CMR and MB decided not to spike the ball and set up a play and let the clock go.

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  14. bigdoghunts

    The real story.

    Scoring defenses against ranked teams:
    2015 34 a game (56th in nation)
    2016 15 a game (4th in nation)

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    • bigdoghunts

      Hmmm…defensive scoring versus ranked teams:

      1- Pruitt took the players Coach Smart recruited and trained and improved them from #4 to #1, a +3 improvement.

      2- Coach Smart took the guys Pruitt worked with and improved them from #56 to #4, a +51 improvement.

      Oh yeah!!

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      • 69Dawg

        But once they got inside our twenty they scored and not just field goals.

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        • bigdoghunts

          ranked teams only scored 15 pts per game versus Coach Smart. 4th best in the nation. Big improvement from Pruitt’s 35 pts per game last year, THAT was some scoring from every spot on the field.

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          • Junkyardawg41

            Oh yes, let’s cherry pick D stats. Last year we played 3 top 25 teams vs 2 so far this year and Florida’s season isn’t over so it maybe 1. (Auburn) we might have only given up 15 to ranked but we give 26 to unranked. Last year ranked was 34 pts a game and unranked was 11. After all is said and done it might be just 7 pts —- and what does that say about a weak conference schedule last year vs this year

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      • 81Dog

        I guess that means we really lost close games to Florida and Ole Miss.

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  15. W Cobb Dawg

    If Kirby had Pruitt as his DC and Enos as his OC this season would’ve been very, very different. So we’re stuck with McG and Chaney. Talk about 2 totally useless beings. Tucker is by no means a bad DC. But we let the top DC in cfb walk away with 2 years left in his contract!

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    • There was no way in hell Pruitt would have been employed at UGA this year. And that’s not at all on McGarity.

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      • AusDawg85

        Seriously…for those of us not around the program more, can’t you just give a better synopsis of what was happening with Pruitt? No one’s asking you to break a confidence (which you clearly would never do) but a summary and timeline of what’s “out there in public” sure would help to clarify these comments. I can only piece together that:

        Pruitt was very loud and demonstrative on and off the practice field. Treated some of the older BM staff poorly. Complained beyond Richt loudly. Something at Richt’s house happened after the WLOCP and a fist fight almost(?) broke out with McClendon at BM? Also something about “they should replace Richt with me if it’s going to happen…”?

        C’mon man…or at least get a surrogate commentator to fill-in the blanks.😉

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  16. bigdoghunts

    Coach Pruitt’s simplification skills results in giving up 35 points per game versus ranked teams.

    Kirby has cut it down to 15 points per game with his “complexity” schemes.

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  17. Irwin R. Fletcher

    Maybe Georgia’s defense could have used some simplifying in the fourth quarter last Saturday.

    Something like telling the DB’s to actually cover receivers? That’s the biggest issue…they had three drives of over 75 yards that averaged about 2 minutes a piece. Tech’s offense isn’t supposed to work that way.

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    • 81Dog

      what could be simpler than just letting the other team’s offense run straight down the field? We looked like a team that likes contact as much as a golfer.

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