This will be the most talented secondary since the glory days of the previous decade but whether or not it's the best depends on how quickly the young safeties and corners adapt to their roles. We'll cover the corners in another post. For now we'll discuss safeties and nickels and dimes since the nickels and dimes cross-train at safety rather than corner.
Texas’ big adjustment on defense in 2018 was somewhat unexpected. The 2017 season was defined by the formation of the “lightning package” and playing with six defensive backs moving around to create the “dirty dime” effect that often clouded both the Texas cornerbacks (bringing them into the run support) and the opposing QB’s reads as they tried to make sense of it all.
By: Scipio Tex Joe Cook covered Todd Orlando's comments at the recent Texas High School Football Coaches Association meeting and they were revealing about how he feels about his defense and how it will be deployed. They are also very useful for assuaging sporadic fits of board paranoia that our starting defense will be a virtual base 4-3 with BJ Foster sitting on the bench and McCulloch, Ossai and Adeoye manned up on slot receivers and running backs.
We'll start with the team, a team that takes much less projection to predict being good than any in recent years. Of course there are questions that will be better answered in August and beyond, but this group represents the best starting point for Texas football since...
Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando addressed questions Tuesday surrounding the defense this spring including utilizing depth to replace injuries, finding eight new starters, and marking new leadership candidates. Orlando addressed all these uncertainties in a press conferences Tuesday, but his comments about the offense he sees every practice were the real attention getters.