A gift for gab

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.


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22 responses to “A gift for gab

  1. Derek

    Most of these guys seem to believe what they know are trade secrets as valuable as the nuclear codes. That said it is difficult to get too far in the weeds with an audience that doesn’t know what you’re talking about.

    One thing I’ll give Saban credit for, and there are few, is that he will get in the weeds and can explain things so that even a dummy like me gets it. I can imagine thats invaluable in his profession. I think a guy like Tucker would benefit from using such a conversation to practice explaining these things in understandable ways.

    I can imagine there are lots of these situations out there:

    Dumb it down. Don’t assume nods mean understanding. I think thats what kills CTG. He knows what he’s talking about. His players don’t know what he’s talking about.

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  2. TN Dawg

    Part of the “problem” with defending the RPO is the “improved” player safety.

    You used to get lit up if you caught the ball over the middle on a quick pop. After getting up looking out of your earhole, you sometimes decided to have your head on a swivel, which resulted in a few run-before-catchings and more than a few cases of alligator arms.

    The player safety rules have created an environment where players no longer have a fear of contact.

    I’m not saying that is wrong, just merely observing.


    • 69Dawg

      The top problem is the damn 3 yard rule for the Oline. The LB’s can be getting blocked (and Held) while the QB has time to look over the D. It has changed the game more than any other rule in my lifetime, except being able to substitute. Yea I’m that old.

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  3. I’ve never seen a coach use the term jailhouse screen. I thought that was my thing; a way to describe a play as if on radio but not a detailed “xy banana star cross smash”


  4. rigger92

    One could take the cynical approach where CKS call CMT and says “hey man, don’t say anything, you know, keep a lid on it”. Maybe? Seems like inside information on our D backfield for 2021, however meager it may be, doesn’t need to be out there.


    • ASEF

      A quick trip through Youtube reveals this one immutable truth: there are no secrets in college football. There are a dozen guys doing detailed (and pretty good) video reviews of every name program’s schematics and personnel, in return for nothing more than Youtube clicks. And if there are that many people doing it just for kicks, you know every program on Georgia’s schedule next season already has “interns” putting together a scouting report on every one of Kirby’s returning defensive players and every look Lanning showed last season.

      That’s probably a significant chunk of Analyst Muschamp’s responsibilities – scouting opposing defenses and players to identify exploitable weaknesses.

      Mel wanted the talk time but had no specifics to offer, because he’s too far removed, so he decided to just wing it with fluff.

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  5. I think this must be how lawyers sound to people.

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  6. The Truth

    I think Mel is busy being Michigan State’s coach and didn’t want to be impolite to Griffith but just really didn’t know his subject so he just resorted to coachspeak.


  7. 81Dog

    Senator, you lost me at “there are times when I really have no desire to be snarky.” COME ON, MAN.

    I say this respectfully, and as someone who could never utter those words with a straight face. That ain’t how God made me. 🤣🤣🤣🤣


  8. Bulldawg Bill

    Coaching???? Well, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!!!!!!


  9. RC

    All that “analysis,” and “eye discipline” didn’t come up even once? I feel cheated.


  10. BuffaloSpringfield

    May sound like coach speak but CMT knows DB’s. Depth a key issue and the Dawgs DB’s are mere fingerlings. There is talent there, not proven, mind yas but I wouldn’t be too concerned. It’s not the DB’s looking at the LB’s and their shaking their heads like like CTG’s Gayturd’s. You don’t have to understand IT, enjoy it. Kirby’s on the mother


  11. godawgs1701

    I usually appreciate doctors and lawyers putting what they do into layman’s terms because I’m not going to understand what they’re saying if they don’t. Likewise, I appreciate coaches putting what they do into at least something resembling layman’s terms because I won’t understand what they’re talking about if they don’t, and I say this as someone who believes that he knows quite a bit about football. I don’t know that I agree that this is coach speak. I consider coach speak to be something akin to saying nothing while speaking, and I got something out of Tucker’s quotes here. The DBs have more on their list of responsibilities than they used to, and that leads to the potential for misreads and misplays.

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