Following Georgia’s last two losses to Alabama and Tennessee, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has met with the media.
This is not a good thing.
When the defense performs poorly in a game, Pruitt faces the music. Following last Saturday’s 38-31 loss to Tennessee, Pruitt was available again, just like he was after the Alabama loss.
Pruitt, who helped Florida State win a national championship as its defensive coordinator in 2013, watched his group fail to execute the game plan for a second consecutive week. Against Alabama, the argument could be made that 14 of the Crimson Tide’s 38 points were not due to the defense.
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Against Tennessee, it was all on the defense. The Volunteers posted 519 yards and ran 90 plays. And it could have been worse if the Volunteers didn’t make as many mistakes as they did early on.
“There’s a point there when there’s two minutes left in the half and they’ve scored three points. From that point to the end of the game, what caused it?” Pruitt said. “What caused us to hold them to three points for the first 27 minutes of the game and how did they score 35 in the next 33 minutes of the game? That’s the things we have to figure out.”
In actuality, Georgia’s defense kept Tennessee from scoring a touchdown until only 1:04 remained in the first half. The Volunteers scored again 37 seconds later, which was aided by running back Sony Michel fumbling the ball on a kickoff at the Georgia 25.
If Pruitt meets with the media again after Saturday’s Missouri game, it probably would be for the same reason he was available the past two weeks. That’s something Georgia’s defense will try to avoid this week against the Tigers.
“We had a lot of miscommunication and just a lot of different things, lack of education, and we just didn’t execute as well as we needed to,” inside linebacker Jake Ganus said. “It’s disappointing but you just have to learn from it and move on.”