Believe it or not, there are times when I really have no desire to be snarky. Like when I came across this Mike Griffith interview with former Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker concerning Georgia’s secondary in 2021. I mean, Tucker’s coached with Kirby, knows how his scheme works and has some familiarity with personnel here. So I dove in with the best of intentions.
Instead, what I get is an eye-rolling master class in coachspeak. A few samples of what is supposed to pass for deep insight:
- “The game has changed with the RPOs and spreads,” said Tucker, who was Georgia’s defensive coordinator from 2016-2018. “What it does, is it puts a lot of pressure on your defensive backs.”
- “Whether they are corners or safeties, they have to be able to cover one on one,” Tucker said. “You can’t put those linebackers in run-pass conflict. Those guys have to read to the run, and if they decide to throw, you are basically one on one.
- “So it puts a premium on having versatile defensive backs that can cover man to man in the slot inside, and also do a great job in run protection, perimeter runs and on bubbles (routes) and jailbreak screens.”“Those (Stars) are valuable, playing nickel with five defensive backs, dime with six defensive backs, that’s normal nowadays,” Tucker said. “You need to be two or three deep at the star position or at the dime position.”
- And, my favorite: “It puts a lot of onus on those guys back there to understand there’s no such thing as a cover corner anymore, you need a football player…”
Mel’s got a graduate degree in banal. Either that, or there are a bunch more people commenting here and at message board who are capable of being successful defensive coordinators than I thought.