Before I depart from my gargantuan hotel room in Raleigh, I dug up some before/after numbers for soon-to-be Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof at his last four stops. I compared total yards, points, takeaways, yards per play and third-down efficiency.
Obviously, numbers don’t tell the whole story, and in a year-to-year comparison like this there’s the noise of different opponents, different players, the team’s offense, etc. This past season at Penn State, Roof’s defense this past season at Penn State played under extremely unusual circumstances whose impact is impossible to quantify. Further, the change in performance in one season is only one marker in the total evaluation of any coach.
That said, first impressions – Roof has done well at mending disasters, as was the case at Minnesota and Duke. The numbers went up at Auburn. Two things – one, 2009 was also Gus Malzahn’s first year at Auburn as offensive coordinator. His up-tempo scheme that created more plays, possessions and points had an impact, one suspects, on the defense. Two, Auburn won the national championship a year later.
My apologies for the rather crude chart.
School Yards PPG Takeaways YPP 3rd
PSU, 11-12 323.9/353.4 16.8/19.1 26/22 4.6/4.9 38/37
Auburn, 08-09 317.8/374.1 18.0/27.5 18/24 4.9/5.1 29/33
Minnesota, 07-08 518.7/383.6 36.7/24.8 14/31 6.8/5.7 44/39
Duke, 01-02 492.0/375.2 44.6/29.4 16/25 6.6/5.4 N/A