That’s Gary Patterson’s semi-jocular explanation for why he still acts as his defensive coordinator.
Humor aside, it’s interesting to see how his focus has changed.
Patterson admitted that in today’s quick-strike college game, he’s had to alter his definition of efficient defense. A wise defensive coach, he explained, doesn’t just work against the scoreboard, but also the clock.
“If we get up, and they’re moving the football,” Patterson said, “that’s what I try to do on defense. Make them take nine to 12 plays and 6-8 minutes off the clock.
“You look at the Kansas State game last year. They scored the first time in the second half, but it took 8-9 minutes, and by then the third quarter it was over.
“You can slow-death people either way.”
Bend, but not break, baby. It’s what’s for defense.