Going into their game against FAU on Saturday, Todd Berry was expecting to see some form of the same defense that the Owls had shown in their previous five games.
Instead they came out in what Berry could only describe as "the unhappy triad," a defense that he hadn't seen since his first season as the offensive coordinator at ULM back in 2004.
TheNewsStar.com explained that Berry noted that FAU came out in an odd front with two defensive lineman lined up on the inside eye of their tackles, and mixed that with some different coverages, which forced them to make some adjustments across the board.
"It created some problems both in the pass game and run game and protection also," Berry said. "It was unique, it really was. I don't know if it's something they'll continue to do down the road or it it was just special for us, but there was some unique things to us."
"It's not just one guy trying to fix things. Everybody's got to fix something. Everybody has to adjust." Berry explained.
"There's been time periods in the course of the season that there was a cover shell change dealing with the receivers and quarterback, but now you've got a front and coverage change. It's the unhappy triad —that's everything. There were a lot of things that were disjointed."
Louisiana-Monroe ended up making the offensive adjustments that they needed and got the win, 35-14 to improve to 4-2 overall, and 2-0 in conference play. This weekend they'll take on Willie Taggart and Western Kentucky (5-1, 2-0), who have won 12 of their last 14 games. Their only two losses during that span were to Alabama and LSU, when each of them were ranked #1.
That kickoff (scheduled for 4pm ET on ESPN3) will be one game this weekend that you'll want to make sure to catch or at least keep tabs on.
We'll see if we can get Berry on here to talk a little bit more about this later this week. It would be interesting to get his thoughts on why the different alignments and coverages gave them issues.