After watching that Baylor – Washington track meet last night I sure am thankful we have Charlie Strong as our head coach. Neither team last night was particularly interested in playing any kind of sound defense. Baylor was just plain awful while Washington had some talent but was utterly devoid of any kind of defensive fundamentals. Missing tackles, poor edge setting, etc. ruled the night. But that is the MO for most all of the Big 12 and PAC-12. I think Texas is the only team in the Big 12 that believes in the term “defense”. All the rest of the teams in the Big 12 are just C-USA teams with better offensive talent and bigger stadiums. No defense to speak of is played whatsoever.
Charlie Strong KNOWS how to recruit, assemble, and execute an SEC caliber defense. That’s where this team is headed as long as he’s head coach. Having an SEC caliber defense will make us competitive in any conference in which we find ourselves. It can easily win us the Big East and will put us in the upper rung of the Big 12 ladder should we end up in that conference. In college football a top notch defense will get you places (see: Crimson Tide, Alabama and Tigers, LSU) but offensive firepower will only get you so far. It’s a different story in the NFL where offense rules, but around these parts, defense can win you a championship. If you review the history of SEC teams versus Big 12 / PAC-12 teams in bowl games, it’s not very pretty. SEC teams win just about every time versus the Big 12 and almost all of the time versus PAC-12 opponents. I can handle being one of the two teams that actually play defense in the Big 12.
Charlie Strong is here and I love it. Once he gets the talent in here and gets them seasoned, watch out. The future is bright indeed, no matter what situation our beloved athletic programs find themselves in down the road.
I don't post here very often, but I just had these thoughts and wanted to share them with some fellow Cards fans.