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How Do You Measure Defensive Success

Posted: 8/26/2014 9:57 PM

How Do You Measure Defensive Success 


The first game is just 4 days away.

Many of us have expectations for improved defense.

Our first opponent, Indiana State, are who they are.

What would be a signal to you that defensive improvement is underway?

Total yardage by the opponent.
Points scored by the offense.
Number of turnovers. 
Other.
Combination of several measures?

What are you looking for this Saturday?
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Posted: 8/26/2014 10:28 PM

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Improved fundamentals (like actually wrapping up and tackling guys), an avoidance of injuries and a W would make me happy. I'd be even happier if we're in a position to bring in lots of guys off the bench for game action. 

Games against FCS opponents scare me.  There's very little upside, but potentially a lot to lose. And a lopsided score in your favor doesn't necessarily mean you're any good.  If ISU has explosive plays and puts up big yards and/or points, obviously that doesn't bode well for our season.  On the other hand, if our D shuts them down, I'm not sure that's much of a barometer of where the D actually stands. 

In other words, we could know by the end of Saturday if our defense is still bad, but we won't really know yet if it's good.  The Bowling Green and Missouri games will give us a much clearer picture.
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Posted: 8/27/2014 9:54 AM

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Eliminating the big plays would be a nice way to kickoff the season. The best thing, other than a W to come out of the ISU game will be game film. I really think our defense will be a work in progress this season. We can't expect to flip on a switch and fix everything.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 3:20 PM

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In two days we will be watching the first performance of the 2014 Hoosiers and the new 3-4 defense.

While I don't expect a scoring explosion like last year, I do expect a win against ISU.

Here are some defensive performance numbers that would give me some confidence that the defense is moving in the right direction.

Limit ISU to 14 or fewer points
Limit ISU First Downs to 12
Total ISU Yardage less than 300 yards
ISU Possession time less than 25 minutes
8 or more punts by ISU
3 ISU Turnovers
No ISU plays longer than 20 yards

Possessions and possession time will be dictated by how much our offense controls the ball or scores quickly.  The more quick IU scores we see will result in less possession time for IU and more possession time for ISU.

I would expect to see some run heavy drives from IU in the third and fourth quarter as we try to put the game away that will limit ISU possession time.
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Posted: 8/29/2014 1:00 AM

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Limiting Big Plays  #1..by a bunch

Improved tackling
Fewer than 40 yards in defensive penalties every game
No drive of 10+ plays
< 4.5 yards per carry against us for the season
< 28 PPG average
Win the time of possession battle in 6+ games
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Posted: 8/29/2014 8:57 AM

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Good call on the penalties. Those first downs coming from a flag were back breakers. If we win the TOP, we should win. What makes that a huge task, is our quick strike offense. I would also like to see above average special teams play, especially the defensive special teams.

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Limiting Big Plays  #1..by a bunch

Improved tackling
Fewer than 40 yards in defensive penalties every game
No drive of 10+ plays
Win the time of possession battle in 6+ games ---------------------------------------------
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