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I can understand people being nervous about hiring a first time college DC, but I think the risk would be worth the reward. He is an excellent recruiter and is another disciple of Saban, so you know his work ethic is top notch. He would help us be even more effective recruiting the state of Alabama, don't get me wrong Craig has done an exceptional job there but having another hard hitter for that area wouldn't be a bad thing. He's used to working with elite talent and with him being a secondary coach you gotta think he has learned a lot from Saban. I'm not sure there is a better person out there for coaching defensive backs that I would want my coach to have learned from. Being that he would be a first time coordinator at this level I think he would have a chip on his shoulder and want to prove himself. We would likely see more creative schemes than we are used to and I know that is one thing that people like to bitch about is how vanilla our defense was with Stoops. With the talent he would have at his disposal I think it would be hard for him to fail. Oh and he's about to have another National Championship on his resume.
Wanted to start a new thread because I think he could be the top candidate.
Problem I have is how much coaching is he actually doing at Bama? Everybody knows Saban is extremely hands on, especially with the DBs.. I honestly wonder if Pruitt is similar to Dameyune Craig, in that he's on staff to recruit
not just saban, but smart is also a DB guy
underqualified would be a extremely polite way to describe pruitt
I'm less concerned with Pruitt as a candidate as I am with waiting a month to hire him. I don't know, and am not informed enough to know, whether he is the "right guy", but I do very much believe that waiting until halfway through January to put together a defensive staff will kill recruiting.
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If he's not actually coaching, he won't get this job.
If he is the right guy then waiting a month does not matter.
To me, I am not worried about his experience for a few reasons.
1. Despite what anyone on here thinks, Jimbo is not an idiot, if Jimbo hires him, it means he knows what he is doing.
2. At Alabama, he is learning something and learning it from the right people to learn it from.
3. If Jimbo thinks he can get someone better, he will do it, he is not going to make a hire this big just because the guy can recruit.
"Some people think football is a matter of life and death, I assure you, it is much more serious than that."
Bottom line is that Pruitt is regarded as one of the brightest young stars in defensive coaching. Saban thinks he'll be a star in the industry. If we get Pruitt we are VERY lucky
Can you link any of Saban's comments or opinions about Pruitt? Thanks in advance.
Why do you think we'd wait over a month to hire him?
I'm with N. Tally Kingpin on this. If it wasn't the fact that Saban is a DB coach, who runs the defense. His DC is a DB coach, so knowing/understanding where this guys influence is is tough.
I don't know anything about anything, but on the surface, that stands out.
"...just played physical football. That's Florida State football. That's the standard from now on! It never goes back!" - Jimbo Fisher
Yep, Saban is known for demanding little of his coaches. This guy is just there to hang out and recruit.
I know it's not kosher to ever go against anything the almighty midget speaks on about football
but let's not pretend like a lot of saban guys haven't been absolutely terrible after leaving his womb
There have to be a few concerns besides him having never called a game as a collegiate DC. As others have stated, he is the third DB coach at Bama, behind Saban and Smart. They employ a 3-4 defense, which FSU is not equipped to run. In fact, that scheme would negate the advantage FSU has with its DT depth, and accentuate a glaring weakness in its LB's. Also, with the Kirby Smart head coaching position flirtations every year, would Pruitt not be in line for the job if he is such a coveted commodity? Either Kirby gets hired soon or he will have to leave Bama to get from under Saban's shadow. Either way, the better opportunity seems to be in Tuscaloosa.
Based on what I've read, the speculation seems to be that if Pruitt was "the guy" that he wouldn't be hired until after the MNC game.
Why would it be a better opportunity in Tuscaloosa? Smart hasn't gotten a real look at a job while at Bama. Stoops was in the running for at least four jobs prior to taking the UK job. If Pruitt wants to be a HC than FSU maybe the best job in america. If he wants to work for Saban for the rest of his life than it makes sense to stay at Bama.
Knowing Saban and his process he probably doesn't want an announcement to be mad about Pruitt until after the MNC anyways due to it being a possible distraction and Saban wants Buddha focus and preparation from staff and players. My thoughts on Pruitt waiting to get the Bama job is that he can wait and he might be waiting for a couple years and possibly not get the job. So if FSU comes knocking he shouldn't let that slide IMO. Lastly, this guy would bring Sabans principles which IMO would trump any lack of experience he has with calling plays, he's learned from the best, he was labeled the best recruiter in the nation last year, and his resume of talent he has worked with is tremendous. He should be very interested in this job and we should be very interested in him!!! Same for Ward!
I've seen one or two posters on here talk about that. That's it. And they're just speculating. I can't imagine Jimbo would wait that long.
Pruitt is the next DC at Bama when Saban leaves. That's pages of quotes-worth right there.
Valid argument. I have no idea how Kirby interviews for those opportunities that he has gotten so I can't comment on the reasons that he hasn't either selected or been offered those jobs. Pruitt and Stoops have totally different coaching pedigrees and experience as Stoops actually was groomed as a DC under his brother's tutelage. What better opportunity is there than to be groomed as a DC than under Saban? Being presented with an opportunity and being prepared to take advantage of that opportunity are two very different things.It's not about working for Saban for life. It's about being best prepared to succeed when the opportunity presents itself.
By the way, I think this is much ado about nothing. As others have said, if Jimbo holds true to form, I don't think many will know the direction he is going to go in.
There are lessons one just can't learn unless they are thrown in the fire. He has never been the guy who makes the final call. The call that makes or breaks a game or season, and the negative consequences of those calls if made incorrectly. Those lessons mold every coach. They cannot be taught, only learned. I'd prefer that our DC has learned as many of those as possible before getting to FSU.
Besides, calling the plays in games has to be made at a rate that would crumble anybody without experience. It's a very obvious statement, but being able to take in all the variables of the game, personnel, and momentum, then get the right call in quickly, is not a task for people who aren't battle tested. Just imagine somebody without DC play calling experience going up against Stoops' fast break offense? Sorry, I want a guy that has made a ton of great decisions, and bad ones, in as many game scenarios as possible. There is no time for second guessing.
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