Tim Tebow recognizes Jeremy Pruitt as a strong coach. But when it comes to Alabama’s defense, the SEC Network analyst knows the buck stops with Nick Saban.
Speaking on SEC Nation, the former Florida quarterback broke down how Pruitt’s hire as Tennessee’s coach will affect Alabama against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. Pruitt, the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator, will work for Alabama in the College Football Playoff.
To Tebow, the responsibilities that come with Pruitt’s new role won’t hurt the Crimson Tide. The reason: Saban will have the defensive plan under control.
“Listen, I don’t think they’re going to miss a beat,” Tebow said on the show. “I think Jeremy Pruitt is a very big-time coach. I think he does a very good job. … But this Alabama defense, it’s about Nick Saban. And he [isn’t] going anywhere.”
Tebow has a good point. Unlike Lane Kiffin’s situation last year, when Kiffin was allowed to depart for Florida Atlantic before the national championship game after working as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Saban should have a huge role in shaping the Crimson Tide’s defensive game plan because of the coach’s defensive background.
Yes, Pruitt is an important piece of Alabama’s coaching staff. But Crimson Tide fans should rest easy in the days before the Sugar Bowl knowing that Saban will have his fingerprints all over Alabama’s plans for Clemson’s offense.
Click here to watch the clip featuring Tebow’s thoughts on Alabama.