Five defensive coordinators offer up some thoughts:
Quoting Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof: "We're really working hard on pursuit angles and open-field tackling technique. From that standpoint, it was a step in the right direction. We did a better job in the running game. We just have to continue to work on those plays that rip your heart out."
Quoting MTSU defensive coordinator Randall McCray: "I think a lot of that trust comes from treating people like they want to be treated, kind of like the golden rule. Truth has a lot to do with it. People recognize the experience we have on the defensive side of the ball, ... and then they see that you've been successful in places where you've been, and then trust grows from that point."
Quoting Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel: "Dungy used to always say, 'We're going to do what we do, but we're going to do it better. That's what we have to do."
"That's the great thing we do when we go recruiting. We try to match personnel with our scheme. And our scheme is characteristic of the Colts and Bears, and when they draft, they draft according to their scheme."
"I'll never forget (Dungy) saying it was his third year that the players there were finally grasping what they were teaching them. Well, our kids, some of them, it's their second or third year, and they're really starting to grasp what we're doing. They have great confidence and great chemistry on our defense. I'm really impressed with the way everything is happening."
Quoting Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter: “I never looked at this as a job where I'm going to save anyone's career. I look at this as a professional opportunity for me at a tremendous institution for a head coach with a proven track record — and not just a winning track record, but a character track record."
Quoting Fresno State co-defensive Tim Skipper: "Offenses this day and age are definitely going to that -- putting athletes out in space and putting an athlete out at quarterback. We believe we're more prepared for those matchups. It's early. We'll see."