In the discussions on our disastrous defense, criticism has fallen into two basic categories: player personnel & coaching. You could break it out this way:
1) Player ability
B) Depth chart
2) Coaching abilty
B) Basic skills (tackling, angles, pad height, etc.)
The comments on our defense have hit on almost all these areas. Some of our starters are less than ideal. (Cissoko?) The depth behind them is worse. Brian's meme seems all too true (any time you have players starting who were converted from another position, or are walk-ons, you can expect bad things will happen.)
Which is causing more of our problems on D: kids not getting the coaching, or the innate ability/speed/strength of our players? (i.e., if a corner is small and slow, no amount of coaching will help.)
I'm curious how long it will take for the schemes and basic skills to be more or less mastered. Can we expect this later this year, or not until 2010? I've heard that these are the kind of issues keeping Big Will and Turner from seeing the field.
I'm also curious how much the schemes and skills will allow GERG (with Barwis help) to mold 2 & 3 stars into a great team, and how much raw innate ability plays in (the need for 3 & 4 stars.)
I'm also curious if this takes 1, 2, or more years to implement.
Lastly, I'm curious what it is that is causing so many walk-ons to get playing time. Was it a misdiagnosis of the skill level of scholarship recruits? Or just that walk-ons were far better than expected? Or that unlike many programs, we are giving walkons a fair shake?