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I don't think defending the spread is a big deal anymore. I think the novelty is gone. A good offense is still going to be hard to stop, but the fact that an offense is spread doesn't make it tough to defend anymore. And I think it's more about personnel. For instance, just look at the NFL, and at the draft in particular. Look how many pass rushers and DB's are being drafted. There is a big premium on both.
We're in good shape for the future, in my opinion, with how our secondary is built. Guys that are versatile, that can cover and tackle. I'm a bit concerned about DE with losing the 3 guys we're losing, but I'm sure we'll find a way to fill the gap in a year or two.
People forget Texas D got lit up in Muschamps last season there also... I think its the culture that Mack Brown has created there has turned them softed and entiled
Other than this past year at Texas his whole body of work appears pretty good. Don't know the story behind what happened at Texas this year, perhaps some type of anomaly? I suspect Jimbo would know what went on. I would think Diaz should get strong consideration.
Id be ecstatic if we hired manny!
Not me. Manny has substantial college DC experience and great ties to the Miami area, while Pruitt has absolutely no college DC experience.
And? Look, previous experience at a certain position is becoming far, far less important than it used to be. People now are starting to see the benefit in thinking outside the box, and promoting guys who are young, energetic, and have new, fresh ideas. Just look at the NFL, who sets the trend for all of football. It is almost more common now for teams to stop retreading previous head coaches, and promote guys they think fit their team. Look at Pittsburgh and Tomlin. By my count, 19 of the 32 NFL jobs are held by coaches in their first time as a head coach.
You make great points and I hate to just be that guy but talent is talent. And Bama fans are admitting that losing Pruitt would throw off their succession plans. They LOVE the guy. He's ready to steer an elite ship.
Agree one year does not tell the entire story. Remember last year our offense was ranked 100th did that mean CJF as off cord sucked or was it more an instance where we had many injuries that effected the offense performance thus the low ranking.
Bring the guy that has demonstrated he can do the job. This will be a critical hire. If Pruitt could come in as asst OC or some other promoted position including recruiting coordinator (depending on what happens with Craig) then bring him in if he is willing to leave his mentor.
Assemble the best coaching staff as possible so long as we win the ACC and beat FU I dont care who coaches.
Life is good. Now lets go win another championship.
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1) The NFL is a poor comparison on multiple levels. Coaches change almost yearly at some places, and most experienced coaches are in way better jobs (TV, Admin, etc).
Money is no object at the NFL level. They can afford to hire a first timer, because they afford to fire him before fantasy football even ends. Colleges can't operate like this.
Furthermore, a first timer in the NFL is not a rookie. You cannot equate the levels of experience.
2) Bama fans love ALL their coaches. For heavens sake, they are fixing to compete for their 45th title in a row. They'd probably tell you Groh is fully qualified to step in as their OC If Nussmeier leaves next year.
Nick Saban makes everyone look like a badass when they are his subordinate. When those guys are cut loose, you could get Muschamp or Dooley, Fisher or Dantonio...
This is a huge gamble that Jimbo doesn't have to make if Diaz is an option. I trust Jimbo, but if Pruitt falls flat, it'll look worse than if Diaz does. Either could cost him a job.
I didn't include guys with even college head coaching experience. I didn't count, for example, the coach of the Bucs.
I don't think Money is the concern with coordinators and position coaches you're making it out to be.
Dooley was a good coach. He was doing well in Louisiana or wherever before Tennessee. And I don't know that Tennessee is his fault, I just think it's a bad situation.
I really think, nowadays, it's about finding the person that has the work ethic, personality to lead, X's and O's, and vision that you have. That doesn't necessarily come from someone that has previous experience.
His first year at Texas his defense was damn good!!!
Just look at his stats at NCSU, MTSU, Mississippi State, and his first year at Texas. His numbers speak for themselves and if he did in fact reach out to Jimbo that should tell you all you need to know about the situation at Texas.
After speaking with someone very familiar with Diaz I would pass right now. We can and will do better.
Diaz would be a great hire. The problem with the Texas defense isn't Diaz. Please read the SB Nation article located on the Texas site. They are crumbling there. No one in their right mind would be looking to make a lateral move to get out of Austin unless there is a problem internally. I'm all Nole, but Texas is probably the best program in the Nation. It definitely is when it comes to resources, location, and cache. This guy can coach. He's done it at several places. If he's hired we don't skip a beat.
It is only less important if you want the person with no experience. It is absurd to put Pruitt who has no say in a defense in the same category with a guy who has lit it up @ 2 different schools and UT played well down the stretch this year.
Care to explain the issue with Diaz? Just curious because I was starting to come around to him.
UT has top talent and if they do have a good DC should be among the nations best nearly every year. They have stunk up the field for 2 years in a row now. No thanks. Diaz is failing on the BIG stage with great talent.
Basically that he's a hell of a recruiter and a great x's and o's guy when it comes to drawing things up, but when it comes to actually coaching players on the technical and mental aspect he falls far short of what we need.
Great post. Mack stepped in to simplify the defense to what one player called "High School" level. Some will say that Mack stepping in contributed to the Horns fielding, possibly, the worst defense in Texas history, but that actually coincides with the defense's improvement down the stretch. Mack has made public acknowledgements of wrong personnel groupings based on situational football. FSU can do better, IMHO.
I can't discount the fact that Mack's culture at UT contributes, but Manny leaves a lot to be desired when you look past his recruiting prowess.
UTX returned alot of talent on defense this yr and was suposed to be good with jeffcoat and okafor at DE and diaz in his second yr but they were terrible OU dropped 66 on em lol
Big 12 has good offenses so that doesn't help at all. I'd take him over someone with no experience. If he doesn't do DBs, I'll take him as DC and pruitt as DB coach (not that he will leave Bama for same position lol)
They were pretty good the last half of the year. Also, muschamp had some issues there as well.
Better than an unknown who has no input at Bama whatsoever.
It IS impressive that he managed to get them to feel entitled the way OU hands it to 'em every year.
The lack of success (taking reasonable expectations into account) at Texas under Mack is pretty clear.
You are being to kind with your words.
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