Tony Gibson might have been crazy, but he was not insane.
West Virginia’s defensive coordinator spent last Sunday watching how other teams went about defending what was then the nation’s leader in points and yards per game. He would not do what so many others before him tried with no success and expect a different result.
He’d be different. He’s be aggressive. He’d be physical. He’d be questioned.
“If you watch the film, you’d be scared about what you did see,” he said. “But nobody had ever done that to them the whole game. We were going to keep the pressure on them rather than drop guys back.”
So he met with his coaches that day and explained the plan: Crowd the line of scrimmage, blitz a lot and demand the cornerbacks thrive in one-on-one coverage.
An assistant spoke up, remembering Gibson coaches the linebackers now after coaching the safeties before.
“I can tell you don’t coach the defensive backs anymore,” the voice said.