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    How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    I am at a loss at how the defense can get better. Not necessarly good, but at least good enough to give the offense a chance to win games.



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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    I think they need enough speed to play tighter on the receivers. Playing so far off, the receiver has the catch, has turned upfield, and gained a full head of steam by the time our guys enter the picture on the screen; i.e. we're not close to them.

    It'll come up. Let's get it in there early. The DL doesn't get any pressure, so our secondary is exposed far too easily. They have to cover too long, especially for their ability.

    The safeties have no idea where to be.


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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    I believe it needs to start up front on the line, if we can't get pressure on the quarterback, it does not matter what kind of secondary we have.



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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    The answer is the same as it's been for the last 30 years: talent on the D-Line


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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    I don't know that experience can be given, because they didn't improve from game 1 to game 12 from what I could tell. Same mistakes, bad reads, penalties, etc. Bigger, faster, stronger across the board is the only thing I think can help them. They also need a playmaker in the front 7. Even one person that requires a double team from the O-line would be a great help I think. The way it is now, the opposing offense doesn't have to take any one player into account on any play because we don't have that impact player.



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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    Unlike last year, there was no improvement as the season went on. That was the most frustrating thing. We need to see some improvement next year, or there is going to be lots of grumbling.


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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    I agree our tackling is very poor...and I wonder if most of our missed tackles are coming from our defense looking to "blow-up" the other guy with a big hit which results in missed tackles.

    Obviously, some are just plain missed tackles, but I see a lot where they go for the big hit over the sure tackle and miss it.



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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Unlike last year, there was no improvement as the season went on. That was the most frustrating thing. We need to see some improvement next year, or there is going to be lots of grumbling.
    Indeed. I heard more talk last off-season about the Colorado comeback than the Iowa win. There is no such victory, nor improvement, to talk about now.



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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    I'm not sure what we can build off of? We're pretty terrible in most areas.



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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    recruit more Leonard Johnsons, and some DLs that are aggressive.



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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    We need some big uglys on the Dline that get ****** off. Speed is also a big need. Seems like once the game starts our team plays with no emotion, except maybe LJ. If your high energy waiting to hit someone I don't know how you can play football with no emotion. Until they get the Defense figured out it makes no difference how many points we score or how many records Arnaud can put up. I would really love to hear some positivies from Chizik for this football team to get me through the winter. Even if he told us we are right where he thought we'd be after 2 years.



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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    We need DBs that can out physical everyone's receivers. Also it be nice to have a safety that didn't let anyone get behind him.


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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    Safeties and DL were our weakness. Our linebackers were a step slow, but they were not our downfall.



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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed and Size.


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    Re: How do the Clones get better at Defense?

    My opinion is we need ticked off big strong D-Lineman who can rush the passer. Especially if we keep with the Tampa 2 defense that is. We also need to be faster at the MLB position. The more the season went on, either sitting up in the stands during home games or on TV if it was on, whenever the MLB showed blitz and was right up on the line, the QB audibled and through it to a TE or WR over the middle for 10+ yards. Whether it was a blitz or faking, there is no way he can get back to cover the short pass routes, let alone the deep middle passes that would come since he is responsible for the deep pass over the middle in Tampa 2. If I, who spends no time studying game film, can see that during the game, how much does the opposing teams Defensive coaches figure out during their week of prep for ISU. Or safeties have taken a lot of crap all year for not covering receivers and to a point they are right. I think it is because of the shortfall of the D-line and MLB that causes them to have to cover the entire deep field instead of the outside deep ball like they should playing cover 2.

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I think we get a respectable pass rush next year, I think we could have a pretty stiff defense. I hope we either get the personel we need or we adjust our defense to fit the players until we do get the guys to run it effectively.



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