And one last note from Smart’s presser — Pickens or no Pickens, the defense still hasn’t caught up with the offense in practice.
What’s wrong with the defense?
“Gotta get better. Gotta grow up. I don’t think it’s a lack of effort. They’re just ahead right now. It’s not like it’s us and them. It’s we. We will get better. Who better to get you better than a team with a talented, experienced quarterback and pretty good skill players. Hey, it’s a lot of guys to replace when you got five and six guys on the back end, all new. The drills are not set up to be an advantage for the offense. We don’t really know much until you have the first scrimmage and you have to go out and tackle. I would say they’re definitely ahead in terms of execution and doing it right.”
Sounds like they could use an experienced defensive back out of the transfer portal, but what do I know?