Coach Bohl Talks Defense


Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- Graham Hunter
Can we talk just a little about defense? This has gotta be the place where you feel pretty good about the experience that you have coming back, nine returning starters. Some really experienced guys but a very complicated system, you've talked a little about the Tampa Two

Craig Bohl
The Tampa Two, is what we've really prided ourselves through the years of holding opponents down with their scoring. A lot of that also comes in the style of offense that we play but it is a complicated system and it certainly helps that we have maturity, nine guys who have played a lot of football. However, they're all learning new positions or transitioning from a 3-4 into a 4-3 and different coaching techniques but our guys have really bought in. We're probably not as far as we'd like to be defensively right now but I think we're within the goal post.

Graham Hunter
On that note with the Tampa Two Defense, and we talk about linebacking core, gap responsibilities, those types of things are changing. Can you explain that a little bit and then talk about how that's going to allow Cowboy defense to just be a lot faster this year.

Craig Bohl
Sure, I think it's really important when you limit the points, what that means is you limit big plays and typically that comes down to being disciplined making sure there's more than just one guy at the point of attack and you're really disciplined on your pursuit angles. And then as you mentioned, gap control and things like that, that's a disciplined style of defense. That's a different mindset. And once guys get plugged into doing their job and playing at a fast pace, you'll notice a different trademark of that defense.

Graham Hunter
How much at this point are you able to look ahead at some of these games that you have got on the schedule next year, some real tough first five games, you've got games against Oregon, Michigan State. Have you thought about that at all, have you given that any consideration at this point?

Craig Bohl
In the back of the mind a head coach always thinks about those things because you're always planning ahead. But you've gotta really live in the present, it's really important for us not to worry so much about what our opponents doing and what type of teams they are. We need to take care of ourselves and get better as we go

Graham Hunter
Obviously a very busy time of the year for ya Coach do you have any time to unwind at all? What are you doing in your spare time to relax a little bit?

Craig Bohl
Not right now. I'm drinking a lot of coffee and red bull and during the course of the summer I'll take some time off, I'll ride some horses.

Graham Hunter
Do you have any other sports that you like? Are you interested in rodeo?

Craig Bohl
I'm a marginal golfer. That's about it.


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