Assuming Coach Rod stays, which will happen based on our current assumptions, what should he do to improve our defense? Here are a few scenarios:
1. Keep the current coaches and stay the course
Pros: Our players will have one year of play experience to learn from. GERG will be more familiar with the 3-3-5. Most importantly, our offense will cut down on the turnovers, and keep our defense away from poor field positions.
Cons: Will GERG learn more about the 3-3-5? Will our young defensive players improve under our current position coaches. Is there a fundamental issue running the 3-3-5 against power running teams?
2. Keep GERG and let him select a system and hire coaches who can teach techniques required for that system.
Pros: GERG coordinated two Superbowl champions at Denver and should know what he is doing. Players will get NFL-level individual coaching. Recruiting may be easier with the NFL-style defense.
Cons: Can our current position coaches teach NFL technique when none of them has coached in the NFL? Will RR remove any of the position coaches and hire GERG's folks? Can our young players execute an NFL scheme at their size and speed, or will we have to change our recruiting strategy again?
3. Keep the position coaches and hire a 3-3-5 guru (Jeff Casteel, Pete Kwiatkowski from Boise State, or a FCS D-coordinator).
Pros: Tall, Gibson, and Braithwaite will keep their jobs and allowed to reinforce the techniques they are teaching. The new coordinator may be more aggressive and maximize the speed and athletic abiltiy our young defenders possess. Defensive recruiting strategy can stay as is.
Cons: Casteel may not come. Other d-coordinators may not mesh with our position coaches. Will RR keep his paws off the new d-coordinator (his third in 3 seasons)?
4. Hire a new DC and let him build a staff based on the system he wants to run.
Pros: Our offense has not done anything in 3 years, a new voice will not hurt. The new staff may be able to clean up the sloppy technique / tackling issues we have experienced. The new staff may also come up with more creative schemes.
Cons: Tony Gibson is RR's best friend, will RR be able to work without him? Do we have the right players to implement a non-3-3-5 system? Since Gibson is also our recruiting coordinator, what's the fallout?
Interested to spark a discussion. Please post with your preferences.