Riding The Wave
Crimson Tide Club
- Jun 7, 2016
- Reaction score
I'm paying attention to what they said. From the horses mouth, "terminology."
Saban touched on it in the past few weeks when discussing the 10 personnel comments in the presser. The same terminology wasn't being used throughout the team. As another example, what can be relayed in to the huddle in three words versus, say six.
You are right in that simpler terminology led to quicker reactions. One of the reasons Pruitt was better than Kirby "on the fly" was due to those changes. 12's right though. Schematically, we're still watching the same defense.
So it's all in the brain in the final analysis. Pruitt was freeing up the kids in other ways as well. Coach Saban admitted that he was guilty of streamlining the scheme. Pruitt was playing a lot more simple man to man covers and blitzing the hell out of these offensives. These kids were getting the reader's digest version of War and Peace and that too allowed Pruitt to free up the guys
In the same article:
"And while it's true that Alabama does look quicker, the increased velocity of its play may have as much to do with the defenders reading and reacting at an accelerated rate because they don't have to process as much information. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban corroborated what Anderson said on Sunday, explaining that the coaching staff has streamlined the scheme.
"Well, I think that we're playing the same system," Saban said. "I think the one thing that we've done is we've repped the things that we're going to play in the games, sort of pared it down a little bit. I think our players are a little bit more confident in what they're supposed to do, the adjustments they need to make. I think they've played well because of that. It's interesting to hear that the players think that, as well. It's good to know."
In the final analysis, I believe this is what Pete Golding is really talking about when he is letting the younger kids just learn specific packages and get them on the field. I mean it's defense, it's just a reactionary game. If we play cover 0 or cover 1 and like Pruitt Blitz the hell out of the opposition with our better athletes, it works. We've already seen it.