I made fun of Tuberville’s sudden conversion to the Air Raid offense, but if you read the transcript from his initial presser, there’s a lot of very interesting commentary there from him. Check out what he had to say about his philosophy on defense:
Q. What will your base defense be? What defense will you run?
COACH TUBERVILLE: Here you’ve been based on a four-man front. And I coached four-man front for 15, 16 years. I thought there was nothing else. Then everything he involves. And probably over the last seven or eight years we’ve based out of a three-man front with four linebackers.
And we did that because of adjustments. When everybody was playing two backs and throwing it 15 times a game, a four-man front was pretty good. Gave you an opportunity to get lined up, not real complicated. Then when everybody started spreading it out, it makes it easier to play nickel and dime defenses out of a three-man front. Replace a linebacker or two linebackers with two corners that can cover all these wide receivers that teams are putting on the field.
So I like the three-man front. Now probably about 30%, 40% of the time you’ll see us in a four-man front. You have to be multiple. But we’ll be aggressive. We’ll attack the line of scrimmage. You’ll see blitzing. You’ll see zone blitzing.
It’s hard to zone blitz out of a four-man front. But, again, we’ll have to evaluate how much of the three-man front we’ll put in depending on the personnel.
He goes on to say that he’ll run the same defense at TTU that we saw from both teams in the BCS title game.