Throughout spring practice and prior to the season, it was mentioned that G-Rob was spending a lot of time drilling fundamentals and teaching a completely new tackling form. This appeared to be a necessity as our tackling had been downright awful in years past. This season, aside from Mike Williams, it doesn't appear that tackling has been as big of an issue, but the downfall of the defense has been players not knowing their assignments defensively. I raise two questions:
1. Was all the time spent in spring and summer practice drilling fundamentals at the expense of implementing and practicing scheme the cause of our porous defense that we see on the field each week?
2. If that is the case, should we withhold judgment of G-Rob until year two when he will (ideally) have his entire scheme better implemented?
Giving up 30 pts/game is unacceptable. Let alone against Illinois or Purdue. I'm throwing in the towel on significant improvement this season, but next year, even with less star talent (loss Graham and Brown), this defense needs to be markedly improved.