“It’s about matchups.”

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.

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31 responses to ““It’s about matchups.”

  1. practicaldawg

    Saban has to be smiling like the Grinch reading that

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  2. whybotherdude

    Cook stat line 8 catches for 237 yards and five TDS.

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  3. Derek

    Maybe they’re pulling DL out and replacing them with LB’s? Either that or they’re short of dbs they have any faith in.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    What could possibly go wrong with a Grantham coached D? I just want to see Mullen’s face when Grantham uses up all their timeouts.

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  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Fuck a wheel route… I hope Smith gets on a LB multiple times during the Cocktail Party and scores long TDs each time!

    #FTMF!!!

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    Oughta be about time for a flea flicker to work on Ole Todd again.

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  7. DawgFlan

    It appears we have deployed another secret agent to Gainesville.

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  8. May we run more wheels than a Saturday afternoon at the Tour De France

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  9. akascuba

    It was not Toad’s fault we lost last year he certainly did did part allowing WR’s to run downfield uncovered early and often.

    Adding agent Robinson to advise him more linebackers is the way to stop the modern passing game is genius.

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  10. jcdawg83

    Grantham has Mullen over a barrel. If the defense sucks, UF loses a bunch of games and Mullen has to fire him and get a new DC. It the UF defense is good, Grantham will leverage that into an NFL job or a head coaching job and Mullen will have to find a new DC.

    Mullen is in the position of being pretty certain his DC is gone after this season no matter what happens. That can’t make recruiting defensive players very easy.

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  11. SlobberKnocker

    Not to be contrarian but, this is not unlike the news we heard about Anderson playing Star in our defense. I get that it’s all about personnel groupings and matchups but, still.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      You’re operating on old intel.

      Anderson was slotted for the Star because we had all the transfers and draftees.

      Smith will be the Star on this defense for the vast majority of snaps.

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      • SlobberKnocker

        Oh, I know he won’t be the primary Star but, we certainly heard that he was working there in the spring. And I haven’t heard an update since fall practice started but, I certainly won’t be surprised to see him there on occasion depending on personnel groupings. I don’t see anything in the article about FU that states they intend to have an LB playing Star full time, only that it could happen.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          Again, he was working there in the spring because we didn’t have enough DBs. That’s the only reason.

          Floriduh is not operating with a deficit of DBs, so this isn’t the same situation. They’re saying they’re choosing to do this.

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  12. Granthams Replacement

    If he has 4 Boss Baileys that plan could work.

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  13. miltondawg

    If they try that against the Dawgs with three or four LBs on the field, I would expect Gilbert to move to the slot and him and the TEs have a field day on guys that can’t even pretend to cover them.

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  14. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    ” Assuming they’re really planning on going down this particular road, I hope Monken wheel routes Grantham to death.”

    Makes sense, but whether they go down that particular road or not, I’m happy as long as death for UF is the result.

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  15. Harold Miller

    This just sounds like “burn city” in Hogtown.

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  16. MGW

    You can’t win a shootout if they’re not scoring a bunch of points. Duh.

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  17. Arik Gilbert clears the LBs from the zone and Zeus gets into the second level untouched. Hehehehehe…..

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  18. bucketheridge

    I suppose it all depends on who plays “linebacker”. The article itself talks about a LB who can also play safety.

    I’d hope for their sake that this is more of a matter of terminology so that they could play a “base” 4-3 or whatever with one or two of the “linebackers” being the same guys they’d otherwise have playing their STAR position. Whether a player’s designated as a linebacker or a STAR or corner or safety or whatever you want to call him, he’s the same player.

    If this is really a matter of taking a converage guy and coaching him to play better against the run as a “linebacker”, then it makes sense to me. If it’s as the Senator suspects, then good luck with that Gators.

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