Okay, Saturday’s scrimmage was clean and crisp, especially early on. Color me intrigued by much what I saw. Like many have said, the defense played better than expected, but I also saw a lot to like on offense. It’s a zero sum game to be sure, but I was oddly pleased with both sides of the ball.
In my estimation Charlie Strong is the second best defensive-minded head coach in all of college football. That means we never truly need to worry about defense. Sure, there will be years where the defense isn’t as good as others, particularly after talent defections, but there’s an element of reloading rather than rebuilding thanks to scheme and development.
Let’s get to some finer points.