Just got off the conference call with new UCLA defensive coordinator Joe Tresey and Rick Neuheisel, and I’ll have tidbits throughout the day.
Joe Tresey on his defensive philosophy:
“It’s a multiple 4-3 and within the package, we have the ability to play a 3-4. We’re going to play a match-up defense, maybe a nickel, with five DBs, or a dime. At the end of the day, it’s all about playing fast, and fundamentally, you have to be very sound. You have to be able to attack protections. You have to be able to put your kids in a position to be successful, understand your strengths and accentuate them, and diminish your weaknesses. You evolve with your players. Some teams we pressured a lot with because I had kids with a great knack at it, there were some teams we didn’t. We stuck our feet in the ground and played fast.
It’s about pursuit, its about tackling when they hit the green man, their going 100 miles an hour.”