Ladies and gentlemen, if anyone thought Kevin Wilson was the answer to Indiana Football’s woes, then you must come from the Dan Quayle School of Potatoes. There is sufficient evidence to support the fact that the hiring was a mistake from the get-go.
I present to you…
Bill Lynch’s second-to-last season as head football coach of Indiana University.
Bill Lynch’s last season as head football coach of Indiana University.
Kevin Wilson’s first season as head football coach of Indiana University.
Kevin Wilson’s second season as head football coach of Indiana University.
And finally, Exhibit F:
This happened tonight. In the first quarter of a 7-0 game. Seems like Wilson has a lot of faith in his defense, eh?
College football is a sport where defenses are much more important than offenses. If you scoff at that notion, take a look at the SEC. Matter of fact, take a look at the BCS national champions since the 2003-2004 season, and compare their total offense and defense ranks:
LSU (2003-2004): 1st in total defense, 14th in total offense
USC (2004-2005): 2nd in total defense, 7th in total offense
Texas (2005-2006): 5th in total defense, 1st in total offense
Florida (2006-2007): 7th in total defense, 31nd in total offense
LSU (2007-2008): 12th in total defense, 21st in total offense
Florida (2008-2009): 5th in total defense, 3rd in total offense
Alabama (2009-2010): 1st in total defense, 27th in total offense
Auburn (2010-2011): 56th in total defense, 6th in total offense
Alabama (2011-2012): 1st in total defense, 16th in total offense
Alabama (2012-2013): 2nd in total defense, 15th in total offense
The common theme here is easy to discover: in 7 of the 10 years, the total defense of the year’s national champion outranked the total offense of the national champion (and remember, Auburn had a certain Cam Newton guy). Would you rather choose to have an elite offense with an average defense, or an elite defense with an average offense? 100% of the time the latter should be the answer. There’s a reason why Alabama keeps winning titles while Oregon awaits their destiny. (Hint: D-E-F-E-N-S-E)
Will Indiana Football ever become Alabama Football? Probably not, but mirroring the performances of the elite would be a good start to a pathway to success. One aspect we constantly witness while attending and watching Indiana Football games is the lack of trust Kevin Wilson has in his defense, as evidenced by Wilson’s offensive gambling mentality.
So is this all because of a lack of talent coming into Bloomington on the defensive side of the football? It’s a valid point, but when I look at the team’s defense since Bill Lynch’s firing, I see zero progression of any kind.
With a new coaching regime, one would expect to see a defense who had something to prove and a hunger to get better every single day. Not to mention, the Hoosier offense (above average in the past couple of years) should provide the defense with a stiff test in practices. This should ensure some kind of progression amongst the defense, right? If not, do you blame the talent or the coaching? I tend to slide with the latter, especially if the team is missing tackles the same way we’ve witnessed them missing tackles in 2010.
Wilson will have another year or two to prove himself with his own recruited talent. He might be able to turn the defense woes that has plagued Indiana for years around into a defense that is somewhat formidable. Then I remember yet again that I have seen no improvement amongst a defense from Lynch’s regime to Wilson’s regime, and my hopes remain grim. Your hopes on an improvement in tackling technique are probably grim as well, and I don’t blame you one bit.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I am left wondering if a guy with a wealth of offensive coaching experience was the right hire for Indiana Football. Does that not leave you curious too?
The prosecution rests. Does the defense have anything to say, or will they rest to? No pun intended regarding tonight’s Navy game. Well, maybe.