But can Pruitt develop players that have been coached by Grantham into savvy, intelligent players, like the ones he coached at Florida State?Inside the question is quite the damning statement about Grantham and his players, right? But it does get to the crux of the matter with the LBs, as those guys often times were the players most likely to be caught trying to figure out just what the defense was supposed to be doing when Grantham was behind the white towel.
I believe that was the source of Pruitt's 'we have no starters' mantra in the Spring/Summer. He's reinforcing the notion that all of the defensive players have new stuff to learn, and those that are most willing to buy in are most likely to play on Saturdays in the Fall.
Now about the defensive backs....the addition of Fenteng will help, there is no doubt. From a coaching stand point, Pruitt is looking at this group like he's got a bunch of freshmen starters. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if Malkom Parrish is a regular, especially in our nickle/star package. As for the approach, it isn't that the returning players have no experience, but with any luck, Pruitt has completely de-programmed them and is rebuilding them in his image.
A great piece on Damian Swann (h/t Blutarsky) is an illustration of the bigger issues, and de-programming, I'm talking about.
Like Blutarsky, I was envisioning the missed tackle on Watkins when I was reading this. Swann didn't become a terrible fundamental player over night. It took coaching. Or the lack thereof. Think about [It's not us, it's THEM]'s complete whiff on the 99 yard TD pass in the Gator Bowl. The same issues Murf Baldwin identified with Swann's coverage happened on Enunwa's TD against Georgia.
One last thing, my bigger concern is injuries. I think we'll show growing pains, but be better coached, thus better prepared, defensively. However, we are thin at safety. In fact, we are an injury away from Swann become a FS or having a true freshman step in at FS or SS. Or a converted RB starting there all season. Here's hoping that particular bug has left the building.