I just reiterated something in the comments I’ve posted before here about Kirby’s offseason portal moves, bringing in Smith and Kendrick to bolster the defensive backfield. Specifically, after watching his pass defense get shredded by Alabama and Florida, I feel that Smart made a conscious decision to shore up the depth in the defensive backfield in order to make sure that he could play dime coverage with six legitimate defensive backs. No more getting exposed covering a Jaylen Waddle with a Monty Rice.
If I told you that Florida is going in a different direction, would you be surprised?
For a defense that leans on speed and quickness, getting an extra defensive back on the field is usually imperative and that’s what the Gators do by using a nickel or STAR position as their main personnel. But in this 2021 edition of the Florida defense, we could see three, four, or maybe more players that play the linebacker position in the defense on the field at the same time.
Florida has a diverse group at the linebacker positions. Diverse in that some can play multiple positions, but they can play multiple positions because they have a varied array of athletic tools. To a man they all have pretty good to great speed, but some are stronger and can play closer to the trenches and some are faster and can play in the secondary if needed.
All of this is by design according to linebacker coach Christian Robinson. As offenses move to play faster and move their personnel around on the field rather than take the time to switch them out, defenses have to have a way to keep up.
… So a question was asked of Florida linebacker coach Christian Robinson on Tuesday about possibly playing three linebackers on the field at the same time on a defense than normally plays two.
His response was a little unexpected.
“I think you’ll see more than just (three) on the field at certain times,” Robinson said matter of fact like.
Bold strategy, Cotton.
Assuming they’re really planning on going down this particular road, I hope Monken wheel routes Grantham to death.