Purdue coach Jeff Brohm did not like how his protection carried out final season, so he shook it up.
He fired defensive coordinator Bob Diaco after one season, employed three new assistants and obtained extra concerned within the defensive conferences. Now it is time to learn how a lot has modified.
On Friday, the Boilermakers will start putting in their revamped protection once they maintain the primary of 15 scheduled spring practices.
”I felt like we weren’t going within the route I needed to and I needed to place a cease to that straight away,” Brohm mentioned Thursday. ”I need to see us go on the market and compete. I need us to play aggressive, bodily and get after the quarterback and I desire a protection that has the identification I consider in.”
The Boilermakers (2-4) have till March 19 to begin constructing the momentum, and it isn’t simply the defensive fashion that may look totally different.
Aidan O’Connell, final yr’s opening day starter at quarterback, has solely been cleared for restricted work after having season-ending foot surgical procedure in December. Meaning Jack Plummer, the starter in 2019, will take the majority of the snaps.
And the pairing of all-conference defensive finish George Karlaftis along with his youthful brother, Yanni, the highly-touted exterior linebacker from only a few miles down the highway, has been placed on maintain due to a hamstring damage. Yanni Karlaftis suffered the damage in highschool and Brohm mentioned he aggravated it not too long ago.
However their absences will not decelerate what Brohm hopes to perform defensively.
He employed Brad Lambert, the previous Charlotte head coach and defensive coordinator at Marshall, to work with Anthony Poindexter as co-defensive coordinators. Brohm introduced again Mark Hagen, the previous Purdue and Indiana assistant, who spent final season because the defensive position coach at Texas, and added former Florida safeties coach Ron English. Lambert will work with linebackers, English with the secondary and Hagen with the linemen.
All three have been faculty coordinators and all three have labored intently with Brohm to create a protection desperately in want of change after ending final season with 5 sacks and 7 takeaways. It additionally allowed at the very least 20 factors in all six video games and 27 or extra within the ultimate 4 – all losses.
Purdue additionally did not play in bowl video games both of the previous two seasons, all of which has Brohm searching for a repair.
”I have been closely concerned (with the protection) for the reason that season’s been over,” Brohm mentioned. ”We’re going to problem issues, we’re going to gamble some. I need our guys to make performs, get turnovers, not be afraid to make errors and to dictate what occurs on that aspect of the sphere.”
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