June 22, 2010

Pass defense changes in Aggieland

The biggest story this offseason for the Texas A&M football program was the hiring of new defensive coordinator, Tim DeRuyter, and three new defensive position coaches, completely revamping the defensive staff. DeRuyter brings a 3-4 defense back to College Station, and with it a hope the Wrecking Crew follows shortly after.

In 2009, under the direction of former defensive coordinator Joe Kines, A&M almost exclusively ran cover-1 man in a hybrid 4-3 defense. The Aggies will make a big change in coverage schemes, moving to a base zone defense. With the new schemes comes much more diversity, with various coverages to compliment zone blitzes.

DeRuyter's system stresses disguise and unpredictability, meaning the A&M defense will give a variety of looks in the same situation, making it difficult to predict look Aggies will give.

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