Nov 17, 2012; College Park, MD, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher (center) directs his team against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Meet your new FSU linebackers coach, Charles Kelly

Charles Kelly got a chance to speak with the media yesterday.  Here are some of the highlights:

 It has been a good transition, got right to work.

 Focused on knowing and learning about the players.

 Spoke of FSU’s ability to build strong relationships with its players.

 He’s here to learn a new defensive system, though he is familiar with what Pruitt has done.

 He’s leading special teams and trying to find the “hidden yardage.”  Above all, Kelly is looking for consistency.

 He is still evaluating the linebackers, but above all, he says they give good effort and work very hard.

 Kelly says he’s known Pruitt for a long time, since Pruitt was a player.  Kelly says he is familiar with Pruitt’s “language” and is very impressed by Pruitt.

 “Pruitt has it.”  Pruitt has a lot of passion.

 On Jimbo Fisher, he’s ready to learn from Jimbo and says he has done some great things.

The Bottom Line:  Charles Kelly is going to be a fantastic linebackers coach at FSU.  Contrast that with our experience with Greg Hudson.  We unfortunately may never know why Greg Hudson didn’t work out at Florida State.  Hudson is still respected enough, however, to have earned himself a promotion as defensive coordinator at Purdue.  We have been granted some great insight into Charles Kelly, however, and how he’s going to work within Jeremy Pruitt’s system.  And on that note…

I have a hard time saying “Jeremy Pruitt’s system” because I am not sure I know what that means.  We’ve been told he’s primarily a 3-4 person but Stoops installed a 4-3.  We’ve been told Pruitt will continue to run the 4-3, mostly because our personnel dictates such a formation.  Until we can recruit 3-4 players, it doesn’t make sense to try and force this group into a situation where they have to re-learn an entire system.  So, that then begs the question.  If we will primarily continue to run the 4-3, what exactly is Pruitt’s “system.”  We’ll find out with time, but it sounds like it’s based more on athletic prowess and man-to-man coverage.


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