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...in your opinion? Obviously based off of what you know about Pruitt..
Hard to say as no one has every seen him in this position. However, based on what I saw from Alabama, I would say more aggression and consequently, more turnovers. I don't think we attacked the LOS (or QB) as much as we should/could have and we certainly did a poor job at forcing TOs. I would like to see our guys start to hack at the ball more (did we ever do so with Stoops?). I would also like to see our DBs play the ball in the air better. We did a poor job at this, imo.
Basically what kum said.
I am by no means saying we upgraded by losing stoops but our defense played too cautious and really lacked the killer instinct.
We lose a lot of talent so expecting more out of our d is unrealistic but I hope pruitt takes the back 7 and makes them more aggressive. Obviously that will be harder when we lose all our pas rushers.
Stoops will be more experienced with in game play calling but Pruitt and namely Sunseri can actually draw up and coach blitzes that will find the QB. For all his darn goodness but not close to greatness, Stoops can't design a blitz to save his dang life.
Pattern reading, zone blitzing, and game plans that consist of more than cover 2 man under.
Pruitt will be able to attend the games ....Stoops won't
Every new thing is automatically greater than its predecessor. Until it's not, in which case the predecessor posthumously becomes awesome and the new thing very sucky.
So, I suppose the answer is "we'll see."
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This post was edited by NTally Kingpin2 16 months ago
Stoops liked hammy sammies. I am not a ham sammich guy.
Pruitt likes PB&J. I like PB&J, so that is what he brings.....along with a different def philosophy.
Stoops was perfect for what we had when he came in here. We had poor DE play and our players played very undisciplined. He allowed our athletes to run up and make plays keeping everything in front. But we aren't that same team now, we have the athletes to dominate not just read and react. Jody Allen and coach Amato sure made Mickey look bad his last years. But to be honest, I think Amato is a better LB coach then Hudson..
Who said everything will be better? He asked what specific things do you see improving under Pruitt. There were things about Stoops' defense that were a big disappointment. Just because he fielded a quality defense doesn't exclude him from criticism. Turnovers, and long drives on the opening of games/halves, lack of adjustments, stubbornness to blitz when the pass rush fell off, poor in ball-in-air skills and never hacking at ball carriers were major disappointments. Based on Alabama's defense, we could improve in those areas. We could also weaken in others.
Underrated post right here.
I agree with all that. Stoops did a great job of getting our defense back to a high level and should be thanked for a job well done. But remember that in 4 of our 6 losses in the last 2 years, we had a second half lead, so let us not pretend that Stoops was perfect. What Stoops gave us was a defense that forced the opposing offense to execute long drives down the field because it rarely gave up big plays, especially against bad offenses. But we basically played in our base defense most of the time and did not attack the ball. Being more aggressive exposes you to more big plays, but when you have better talent, you can be the aggressor.
Can't think of many of those losses that were on the defense, though.
Great post. I saw one poster say we had "unequivocally improved our staff", which made me spit lemonade all over my laptop.
I think that we could see more big plays w/ Pruitt's defense. Turnovers via QB hurries, fumbles, ints, etc. I think we'll also see more big plays from opposing offenses, but we'll have 2 young CB's so who knows.
Let's look at this from strictly a defensive angle.
Pattern Matching Defense supposedly is something he does and I assume he will bring it here. Most importantly I am hoping for better in game adjustments. I don't think Stoops was very good at making the right adjustments personel wise and scheme wise to shut down an opposing Offenses successes such as the underneath passes we gave up when teams needed a score they would walk down the field on us hitting slants, crossing routes, and underneath crossing patterns. Most importantly the 6-7 Olinemen UF brought at us, no adjustments! Stoops zone blitz calling was terrible it's almost like he didn't know how or when to use it effectively.
Coming from a defensive mind like Saban and adding a defensive mind like Sunseri who also is from Saban should help this D remain disciplined but put our players in better position to make plays and possibly give up some as well. IMO I would rather give up big plays trying to make something happen then not try and make something happen while giving up a bunch of little plays down the field.
Most important thing to watch will be the mantality of this D. We lacked a physical leader therefore we lacked physical play. If we can get that attitude of not giving an inch on every play than we will get physical again. By blitzing more and attacking this D could become more physical and confident with each big turnover we create! I'm not talking about blitzing every play or even every drive but hopefully we actually begin to blitz when necessary.
Soft schemes lead to soft results. While we were playing good D our D didn't know how to get he ball back when our O coughed up turnovers. Beastmode!!!
I dunno if he will improve the defense. I believe he will but i will be ecstatic to see a disguised blitz.
Good post. No one has any idea what to expect. So many knew that a switch to a 3-4 was imminent until Jimbo stated otherwise. Now, many of the same presume to know what Pruitt will bring to the table with absolutely no knowledge of his philosophy.
To blame Stoops for being conservative is fair. But, as Jimbo gets tight in pressure situations, I'm not certain that restraints weren't placed upon Stoops. Mark's biggest influences are his brothers and the Pelini brothers; neither of which play as conservatively as we have seen in the last 3 years. Maybe it is Mark and Pruitt will be more aggressive. The fact that Jimbo's offensive philosophy is to methodically drive down the field with a balanced, time consuming drive, plus his penchant to play not to lose, does not give me any confidence that he will allow much, if any, aggressive calls on defense.
1/3 of each.
The only thing Pruitt brings that Stoops didn't is recruiting everything else is yet to be determined.
Appreciate it, Busey.
Pruitt has never called plays so I'm not sure. What I hope to see is that he lets the players play, i.e., run a D systems that allows our superior athletes display their superior athleticism, e.g., let Karlos be Karlos. I'd like to see less conceptualizing required out of the D players and more instinct. This can happen if one of Pruitt's goals is to pressure the QB (e.g., blitz, etc.) b/c with less time that the O opponent has the more the D players can rely on instinct & athleticism.
p.s. I'd also like to see this out of our O!
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