I saw this on Rittenberg's Blog and thought it sounded familiar. Is it safe to say no one should pursue an interview with an incoming defensive coordinator? I think if I was given the opportunity to be D Coordinator I would just tell them, "whatever the last guy said just print that and tell them it was from me I'm sure he sounded good". Effort, fundamentals, multiple but simple, tough all the good buzz words are represented.
Mallory: Mike and I both come from the same background. We're going to run a system that will more than likely be what we did at LSU. Both of us have evolved since then and certainly we'll get input from other guys on the staff, but we're going to base out of a 4-3 and try to be multiple, but be simple for the kids. Everything we're going to start with is just fundamentals: the ability to defeat a block, the ability to get to the football and the ability to be productive at the end of a play, whether it's tackling or making a play on the ball. I think the first thing we'll do after we finish up the recruiting class is study the offenses here in the Big Ten and modify our system toward that. And then from there, as we get to know our current players and the incoming players, we're certainly going to have to modify it to their talent.
Ekeler: We worked together for three years at LSU and last year, Doug brought his staff to Nebraska. We're so similar. We may have done a few different things last year that we haven't in the past, and he's done a few things, but the whole package, we're already on the same page. As far as terminology, as far as schematically, we're already there. Our general philosophy is No. 1, our defense will be known for effort. It's not lip service. When you watch Indiana football, you're going to see 11 guys out there playing with passion and flying around and playing harder than anyone else. We want to [be] multiple but simple. You've got to be good at what you do. You base out of a 4-3 and you're an over and under team, you have a lot of pressures out of both fronts and you can sub personnel and it changes up a little bit.