AS I agree the D is outdated and needs to be updated, the DC is not going anywhere, BOB hopefully to NFL or elsewhere.
There's a lot of talk about the D being outdated, but realistically we are NOT running the same defense Saban brought when he started. The groupings have changed, the position profiles have changed, the way the front 6-7 play is very different - it's really not even close other that some of the secondary concepts and pattern matching. Certainly nothing in the game drastically changed after the 2017 season, prior to which our worst defense was 6th, to now not even being in the top 20 - right now we are at 18PPG, which would be Goldings best ever so a little improvement but still worse than all but 1 prior D. If this is truly "Sabans Defense", Smart and Pruitt dang sure knew how to make the right calls in the context of the overall Defense from Saban, where Golding doesn't appear able to do so.Upon further review I may should have posted this in this thread but I posted it in the good, bad, and ugly since pretty much it is, well more a lot of great, some good, little bad, and way too much ugly. Sorry if I messed up. This is what I have been talking about.
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for the record, that 2018 defense which dropped from #1 down to #12 wasn't short on talent. EVERY single starter from that defense is on an NFL roster. except for Dylan Moses, and the only reason he isn't is because of the knee injury. In 2018 he led the team in tackles and was just waiting to be a first round pick till the knee went south. We're talking mack Wilson, Trevon Diggs, S Smith, Surtain II, X McKinney, Deionte Thompson, I Buggs, Quinnen Williams, Raekwon Davis, A Jennings etc. The talent was MORE than there to be successful, yet the end result really wasn't.