Here’s the rest of what we talked about (some questions have been rearranged to be grouped by subject matter).
Q: What defensive system will you run?
A: It’s a 3-4, but it’s a 4-3. We will play with a rush end. He can drop or he can rush. He’ll be a big linebacker. It’s a very multiple-type defense. Personnel wise, it’s four linebackers, three down linemen.
If they are going to big, we will be more (of a) four-down line look. If they are going try to spread, we can be more (of a) three-down look.
Q: Will the multiple personnel packages that you talked about using on offense also apply to what you will do on defense?
A: Yes. We’ll match you on defense. If you are going five wideouts, we will go with five or six DBs.
All that’s predicated on what you have. We aren’t going to take one of our better players on the field off if there’s a big difference between the two just to match up. We are going to get our best 11 on the field.
Q: The team has had some disciplinary issues in the past. I was wondering about your disciplinary policy?
A: There can be many forms of discipline. There are times when I’ll make the young man pay a penalty with me on the first time. The second time I’ll make the position (group) do something. There are times I’ll make that whole side of the ball do something. If there’s a fourth time they are gone.
There are times that it’s appropriate for their position coach to take them and discipline them. If there’s a second time it’s me and if there’s a third time they could be gone.
There’s different types of discipline and different ways to approach it depending upon how your kids are reacting and what type of team you have.
As you build your team you don’t lax at all ever on discipline.
There are different penalties for different crimes.
Discipline is very, very swift with me. It’s fast, it’s consistent and it’s fair.
Q: Do you call any plays?
A:Whatever I want (laughs). I have my hands in everything. My guys coach. I let my coaches coach. I see certain things too. If I can do anything to help them, I help them. The majority of my background is on offense so I know how I want to attack a defense.
My place mostly is when I see something or I really know I want something or I’ll see how a defense is playing something. I’ll say try this or I got this. There are certain situations where, for communication purposes, I need to do it right away.
Most of our work is done during the week. We are very detailed. When we show up on Saturday we know how we are attacking. We’ve planned out what’s going to happen. If they go to this, this is what we are going to. If they go to this, this is what we are going to do …
That’s why I have really good assistants who are able to make adjustments. Look at how we have been able to outscore opponents in the third and fourth quarters.
* I did: Indiana State outscored opponents by 18 points in the second half last year. Previous years didn’t include quarter-by-quarter scoring.
Q: Will Albert Wilson return to the team?
A: I’ve met with Albert everyday. I think he’s showing that he’s a great young man and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with him. He’s excited about what we are doing. He understands it’s not about Albert Wilson the football player, it’s about Albert Wilson the person and the academic side of it. We’ve had some productive meetings. I’m excited about Albert. I think he’s really excited about what he’s doing.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu