Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt ruffled some feathers in December when he said that offensive coordinators could sometimes be overrated.
On Wednesday, after Jim Chaney was officially named the Vols’ new offensive coordinator, Pruitt was asked by WMNL’s Jimmy Hyams about the “overrated” comment.
Here’s what Pruitt had to say.
I don’t think that’s exactly what I said, Jimmy. I think the question was when it came to recruiting, how tough was it to recruit not having an offensive coordinator. In this business, assistant coaches they change. The most important thing with anybody recruiting is you have to recruit to the head coach. It helps, guys knowing the system. You can look at in the NFL, these guys are going back and forth with jobs. And it happens in college football. If you have a guy that’s a really good offensive coordinator, that’s had success, or a defensive coordinator, they have opportunities to move on.
That sounds good and all, but Pruitt was definitely talking about results when he made the comment in December.
Here’s his quote.
I’d rather talk about recruiting right now. The offensive coordinator, sometimes, is overrated. You can look and watch these teams out here, and there’s some of these teams, it probably doesn’t matter who the offensive coordinator is, based off talent or lack thereof. I think the most important thing right now is recruiting, and we’ll worry about (the offensive coordinator) later.
I think Pruitt genuinely just didn’t want to talk about the offensive coordinator search during the early signing period. And I don’t think he meant for his comments to come out the way they did. But unfortunately for Pruitt he’s in front of a microphone when he talks and everything he says is dissected.
Ultimately, Pruitt made a fantastic hire, proving that he definitely doesn’t think offensive coordinators are “overrated”.
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