So with all of the talk about the Chief being so good, I knew I had my own thoughts. But I went to the numbers of how his D fared vs. Arkansas.
Arkansas has faced Chavis’ defense 19 times. Total Arkansas offensive yards = 6981. Avg. Offensive Yards per game = 367. Not gaudy but not bad in a world where Arkansas has primarily been a balanced offensive attack and through the years you could definitely say that at A&M, LSU, and Tennessee recruited better than Arkansas.
Here’s how our offensive yardage vs his D breaks down year by year:
2017 = 457
2016 = 491
2015 = 454
A DC in this offensive system has to be ok winning 55-50. You’re going to give up yards and points because your own offense is going to to put you in bad positions a lot of times. They’re going to leave you on the field and exposed. To offset, the defense must aggressively hunt turnovers. I think that’s why Chavis and especially Caldwell are on their way here. They have a history of great pash rushers and aggressive defense.
Those of you clamoring for great defensive play are going to gave to readjust your thinking I’m afraid. Great defense will now be generating multiple turnovers rather than physically stopping people. Crowded box to stop the run and create long passing situations; that also means putting secondary guys on an island. Risk vs reward.
The game no doubt has changed and the fast-tempo offenses make playing defense as we once kneew it almost impossible. The game has gone too much to the offensive side of the ball. RPOs are almost impossible to defend. Defensive players have to approach tackling with kid gloves for fear of being called for targeting (a good rule somewhat in hopes of keeping players safe). Eventually, there likely will be some rules implemented to help defenses. But likely forever gone are the 7-0, 14-10 games. You may get a few, but they will not be consistent.