Brady Hoke is back on the sidelines this year as he will take on the role of defensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks. With a year away from the game after his tenure at the helm of Michigan, Hoke has had time to examine how defensive objectives have changed around college football.
As he is tasked with shoring up Oregon’s D, he spoke on those changes, and how a lot of the past principles are now unrealistic.
“It used to be the goal was 13 points or less. That was the standard everybody had,” Hoke said this week as he met with the Oregon media for the first time since being hired. “The style of offenses have changed. You can also see defenses evolving for the style of offense. If you’re going to play Stanford, your team goals for that week may be a little different, defensively, because of the style of offense.
“When you’re going to play Arizona, your points per possession become more important than holding [Stanford running back and Heisman Trophy finalist] Christian McCaffrey under 100 yards rushing. You have to be realistic for your players.”
Certainly it is unrealistic to hold McCaffrey under 100 yards on the ground, or even through the air – as Iowa found out. Whether or not other defensive coaches around the country following Hoke’s newfound view remains to be seen, as does how to stop the new high octane offenses popping up every season.