The Georgia Bulldogs secondary is looking scarier by the minute…and not in a good way.
Since the arrival of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, the Bulldogs have seen quite an exodus from the defensive side of the ball—Shaq Wiggins being the most recent—and if the rumors and rumblings prove true, at all, then there will be one or two more, before it’s over.
That said, should any of us really be surprised? I mean, when Pruitt was asked about his defense, during the spring, he made it clear he hadn’t seen anything worth writing home about. As far as he’s concerned, this unit is too slow, too fat, loafs too much, and doesn’t work nearly hard enough—win championship in Athens?..nah, we just want to win a game.
Or at least that’s the message I’m beginning to get from Pruitt.
Honestly, I have a feeling he looks at the depth chart, with his head in his hands, because every interview I’ve ever seen or read points to a guy who wants better players on the field than the ones former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham left behind—guys who are too busy being Twitter “celebrities” and self-proclaimed “big men on campus” to truly get their head in the game.
That said, Pruitt’s making adjustments, as fast as he can, and so far that has meant some guys are moving over, while others have moved out.
Brendan Langley is moving to wide receiver.
Josh-Harvey Clemons followed his fearless leader to Louisville.
Paris Bostick decided he needed a fresh start elsewhere.
Shaq Wiggins wanted a more “jovial” atmosphere in order to better channel his talents. Yeah, marinate on that for a while…see how it hits ya.
All of this movement has left what was perceived to be a young, talented, secondary, looking like a shell of itself, and Pruitt doesn’t seem to be bothered too much by the space being left behind—just makes room for him to bring in more of what he wants.
Yeah, 2014 is looking more and more like a rebuilding year for the defense but, when you think about it, perhaps it was never built right in the first place and, based on what we’re seeing now, maybe what we’re seeing now is something that was long overdo.
Brace yourselves. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.