Here are some of the high points:
- His goal is to field the "best effort defense" in the nation. (Hey, we saw this ourselves with the Huskers in 2003)
- Don't talk negative. Don't yell at the player, yell at the mistake. "It's about getting the kids to understand what they’re doing so they can do it fast.”
- It's not as much about X's and O's, but rather connecting with players and building a bond with them.
- Disrupt the offense by providing multiple looks early and often in the game.
- Don't panic, because then players start to press and start getting beat over the top for big plays.
- The most important defensive statistic is "explosive gains", which are passes that gain more than 16 yards or runs for more than 12 yards.
- Stop the run early and force teams to become one dimensional on third down.