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    I see no one remembers the vast improvements in the defense towards the end of the year. Including the defense that had to defend against 5 turnovers in one quarter at JMU to start the game.

    Iím not saying theyíre going to be top of the Valley but the pass rush was really coming around towards the end of the year I thought. Outside of some concern about our DTs I really am not overly worried about the defense stepping up and I really really donít get the doom and gloom about it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thumper_76 View Post
    I see no one remembers the vast improvements in the defense towards the end of the year. Including the defense that had to defend against 5 turnovers in one quarter at JMU to start the game.

    Iím not saying theyíre going to be top of the Valley but the pass rush was really coming around towards the end of the year I thought. Outside of some concern about our DTs I really am not overly worried about the defense stepping up and I really really donít get the doom and gloom about it.


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    I think we'll still have a solid defense. I just like to complain about the style/scheme we play that leads to too many 3rd and long conversions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CappinHard View Post
    I think we'll still have a solid defense. I just like to complain about the style/scheme we play that leads to too many 3rd and long conversions.
    Iím not a huge fan of our style either. We need to be more aggressive in my opinion, but it is what it is.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thumper_76 View Post
    Iím not a huge fan of our style either. We need to be more aggressive in my opinion, but it is what it is.


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    I joked one time on a 3rd and 14 we'd be better off with a shallow punt return formation on the field. Sometimes I don't think it could be worse. Especially when you give up a 3rd and long anyway. It seems the longer the distance the more achievable it is for the opposition. 3rd and 3 good chance of shutting it down...3rd and 13 far less likely. Not sure if there is a stat to corroborate that wisdom but perception is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumper_76 View Post
    I see no one remembers the vast improvements in the defense towards the end of the year. Including the defense that had to defend against 5 turnovers in one quarter at JMU to start the game.

    I’m not saying they’re going to be top of the Valley but the pass rush was really coming around towards the end of the year I thought. Outside of some concern about our DTs I really am not overly worried about the defense stepping up and I really really don’t get the doom and gloom about it.


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    The D definitely did improve as the year went on, including the pass rush. My comment centers around the fact that the DL has consistently been a "question mark" for us for several years now, and that that's a problem. It seems that it's a question mark for us again this season. Maybe it'll be again good answer come fall, but who knows?

    And our D, though improved, still had a hell of a time giving up 3rd and longs. As noted, that's less about the skill of the D than the conservative schemes we use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumper_76 View Post
    Iím not a huge fan of our style either. We need to be more aggressive in my opinion, but it is what it is.


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    I think that part of the issue with being aggressive in the past was that it could expose the youth that we had in the secondary. As much as it frustrated me, I knew that teams would have a hard time sustaining drives in the long run.

    IMO, this team has to be more aggressive with blitzing since they really don't have any proven talent on the line. Our strength this year will be the LBs and DBs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoDakJack View Post
    I think that part of the issue with being aggressive in the past was that it could expose the youth that we had in the secondary. As much as it frustrated me, I knew that teams would have a hard time sustaining drives in the long run.

    IMO, this team has to be more aggressive with blitzing since they really don't have any proven talent on the line. Our strength this year will be the LBs and DBs.
    Ryan Earith is being talked about as a potential all-conference DE, and looking back at his stats from last season it's hard to argue that he isn't a proven talent. Hildahl also started 13 games and held his own, considering he didn't have much experience going in.

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    Jacks check in at #3 in the Stats preseason poll. Of note, WIU and USD didn't crack the top 25, and are in the ORV category. Not sure I agree with that assessment for either program, but I guess we'll find out. 5 Valley teams in the top 25 to start the year.

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    If we end up living up to #3 in the country expectations, I will be surprised and pleased. Seems like more of a top 20ish kind of team to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbitObsessed View Post
    If we end up living up to #3 in the country expectations, I will be surprised and pleased. Seems like more of a top 20ish kind of team to me.
    I agree. I think anywhere from 7-15 would be more reasonable. With that being said, there's not a lot of teams in the preseason top 20 that impress me much. FCS has gotten very top heavy, and after the top 2, there's probably just as strong of an argument to make for putting the Jacks in the top 5 as there is to place them lower.

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