Greg has done an outstanding job with this defense. I know there's quite a few personnel changes, so it's not just the coach but, the difference between the '08 and '09 defense is astounding. They play as a team and play to their strengths. They give up a lot of yards, but usually on short plays. They don't allow a lot of big plays and they don't allow a lot of points. Those are the most important things I think.
In order to beat this defense you are going to have to put together drives and you better be able to do it all day long. That's a tough challenge. As we've seen, most offenses run out of gas in the second half against this D :rockin: . I think that is their defensive strategy - give up the easy stuff but make the offense be consistent enough to do it for four quarters. It's almost like they're being conservative, saving their energy to go for the kill at the opportune time. They seem to be able to come up with the big play just when it's needed.
The difference in attitude on that D is glaring this year compared to last year. These guys have swagger and immense confidence right now. Hats off to Coach Marshall for bringing this group together into a formidable force!