Charlie Strong is set to enter his second season as the head coach at Louisville. With a ton of youth and inexperience across the roster, the Cardinals are picked the finish seventh in the Big East.
Strong, however, may just will the program to another bowl game. At media day on Saturday, Strong went on a fired up, 10-minute opening rant about where the program is heading.
Let’s just say that Strong is fired up. At the podium, he took the opportunity to point out a number of positives in the program, some of which we must say are quite impressive, and then pointed out the immediate challenges to have a successful 2011 season.
Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford even says Strong is a different man in year number two as a head coach.
Bedford said, “Now he’s doing what he has to do to be a leader. He’s back to his old self, like he was at Florida when he was the (defensive) coordinator. Now we are seeing what Coach Strong really is like. We get after it in practice. He’s in everybody’s face.”
“He’s comfortable in his role now. Coach Strong is just more of a developed leader right now. He understands what it takes.”
The Cardinals do have to settle on a quarterback, but as you should expect, the program is going to be about defense as long as Strong is the head coach.
Strong said, “You look at our defense with the front seven, this defense has a chance to be an outstanding defense. The strength of our football team should be our defense. We’ll be good down the middle. The issue right now is the corner position.”
“We are a pressure defense. We are not going to back down. We are going to always play man coverage and pressure people.”
“We won’t be a good football team unless we get those guys developed on the offensive and defensive lines.”
Louisville opens with Murray State. A week later, the Cardinals will host FIU.