I don’t know that I've seen the Texas defense tackle as poorly as they did in the first quarter of the football game in Stillwater. It was ridiculous. I mean arm tackling at it’s worst. Just go down the defensive lineup and one by one they allowed Oklahoma State to break loose for first downs, long gains, or scores.
Charlie Strong will coach Texas’ beleaguered defense the rest of the season now that coordinator Vance Bedford has been demoted, the head coach affirmed Monday. The declaration comes just one week after Strong said another staff shakeup would not help the team.
Texas DC Vance Bedford was demoted a source told me last night and as reported by multiple outlets. Charlie Strong will take over play-calling duties on the defensive side, he told the team last night.
Texas has an un-coached, uncoordinated defense. That didn't change after the bye week. So draw up all of the schemes you like. We can't play any of them right now because almost no one in our back 7 has a baseline understanding of the game, how their position fits into our scheme, or how it relates to our alignments.
AUSTIN -- Vance Bedford tried hard not to go on the defensive Wednesday during his weekly press conference and that, of course, has everything to do with Texas’ failure to get defensive for the second straight season.
Texas’ trip to Stillwater on Saturday morning is really the ultimate test of mastery and proficiency within their offensive and defensive identities. The Cowboys are pretty unspectacular in any facet other than their passing game, which is very dangerous but exists in a league where that’s commonplace.
The Cowboy defense has plenty of experience and some talent, but they're still smarting from the loss of impact edge players and inconsistent replacements. That deficiency is showing up in their inability to limit the deep passing game and that's the main reason they're surrendering 6.0 yards per play (at a staggering 9.5 yards per pass attempt) despite playing solid defense on money downs, limiting the run and tackling reasonably well. Here's OSU Preview on Defense at Inside Texas.
I didn’t see this coming. In perhaps one of the worst displays of coverage in the Texas secondary, Cal came from behind in the fourth quarter to win this game. The positive here is that these are fixable problems. Strong needs to get his tool box.
Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford is currently in his third season at Texas. After fielding a defense in 2014 that stopped many of the prolific offenses of the Big 12, Bedford has seen his defense go from strong to porous. Even with a senior in Dylan Haines in his defensive backfield and Paul Boyette, Jr. on his front line, the Texas defense had multiple breakdowns in communication that lead to multiple Golden Bear scores.