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Tell me about Ellis Johnson. How good of a recruiter is he? What's his game calling like? All that stuff...
He is not a huge recruiter, but he is a damn good coach. He runs the 4-2-5 which has obviously been very affective at Carolina. It did not take him very long to get the right players into his system here, so it will probably will be even quicker at Auburn. His system revolves around the SPUR position (hybrid LB/DB). So if he can get an effective SPUR and solid D-line you will see immediate results. Our current D-Coordinator Lorenzo Ward learned from Ellis, and has been very successful in his first year as full time DC. Ellis isn't very aggressive with pressures, and has more of a bend but dont break mentality. He was very successful here at USC and is one of the main reasons we have turned our program around. Beside the fact that he struggled stopping y'all in the SECCG (we weren't the only ones that year) and Arkansas seemed to have his number; he was able to stop some very good offenses and his system has proved to be effective. I also dont think you have to worry about him leaving until he is ready for retirement, due to his lack of success as a head coach, and I dont see any lateral moves in his future due to his age. If Auburn, FSU or whoever picks up EJ they will land a homerun DC!
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I think his aggressive style of defense and the Gus bus would go.hand in hand.
Some people round' these parts seem to think otherwise.
Ellis Johnson has an aggressive defense?
Was our OLB coach on our '92 national championship team. Looks like CaptAUmerica is on board!
Stephon Gilmore, D Hollomon, some kid named Clowney all come to mind.
Was also the DC for Dubose his first year('97). I was a student manager for the team at the time. He's a good coach but didn't really do much recruiting. Really nice guy though.
He was a great recruiter for us. Not sure why some of our fans keep saying he had an aggressive defense. He played bend but don't break and hardly ever blitzed. Solid scheme, though.
If Johnson is a wise man, which I think he is, he has to see FSU as a better situation than Auburn and has to know the road to greater success is @ FSU.
They all came from the same HS. EJ isn't going to go scour the region for talent. They could give him like, Mobile, and let him stay home most of the time.
His LB recruiting was fairly lackluster for that being his area of expertise.
Great coach, average to above average recruiter, makes great in-game adjustments. I have been calling his defense "aggressive" the last couple of days, but I can see where people would say the opposite. He hardly ever blitzes, but that was b/c we typically got a great pass rush with our front 4. Secondary is definitely a bend but don't break style. It would be a great hire, IMO. I like our current DC better, but would take him back in a heartbeat.
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He will do good things in Tallahassee
In about 5-6 years after he leaves Auburn.. I saw him first LOS..
Looks like we offered him so I guess we will find out pretty soon.
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he wanted live hitting in practice but HBC wouldnt go for it....EJ complained about that. schematic/ tuffness upgrade over old dc at Aub or Fsu
Ellis still has good connects in the state of Alabama and should be able to reconnect quickly. Solid recruiter that was known in these parts as a man of his word, very little bs in other words. Played a lot of zone in his 4-2-5, so be prepared for the bend ,don't break, positioning of your cb's as mentioned earlier. You will give up some yardage, but not points.Tries to always keep the opponent in front of him rather than giving up the big play. Get him some nasties on your front four and you will be fine. Our current DC, Lorenzo Ward, has run the same defense for years previously with EJ plus an additional 7 years with Beamer at VT. It is a defense that can blitz from an assload of different positions which is always fun to watch. EJ was a little more conservative with the scheme overall than Ward to this point. If Ward were not with Carolina, I would love to have Ellis back in a skinny minute. Should this hire come about, you guys are in good hands going forward imo.
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