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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Raw Defensive Statistics

Was the objective to count alligators or drain the swamp? To compare what new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco accomplished at Cincinnati during 2009 or the dismal showing of Tenuta and Brown at Notre Dame?  Probably neither.

The point being, what do Irish fans have to look forward to in 2010 with Diaco calling the defensive shots? Remember nine of eleven Irish starters from the Charlie Weis era return. FBS Rankings out of 120 teams. You decide.

Total Defense: Cincinnati - 67th      Notre Dame 86th

Scoring Defense: Cincinnati 44th      Notre Dame 63rd

Rushing Defense: Cincinnati 61st      Notre Dame 89th

Passing Defense: Cincinnati 78th      Notre Dame 76th

Sacks: Cincinnati 10th      Notre Dame 89th

Tackles for Losses: Cincinnati 3rd      Notre Dame 48th

Passes Intercepted: Cincinnati 50th      Notre Dame 23rd

Passing Efficiency Defense: Cincinnati 82nd      Notre Dame 59th

Red Zone Efficiency Defense: Cincinnati 89th      Notre Dame 15th

First Downs Allowed: Cincinnati 86th      Notre Dame 72nd

Third Down Efficiency Defense: Cincinnati 69th      Notre Dame 67th

Fourth Down Efficiency Defense: Cincinnati 111th      Notre Dame 101st

Punt Return Yardage Defense: Cincinnati 89th      Notre Dame 105th

Kick Off Return Yardage Defense: Cincinnati 32nd      Notre Dame 69th

Fewest Penalties Per Game: Cincinnati 12th      Notre Dame 69th
Not a defensive statistic, but looked impressive enough to include)

Also, the punt and kick off return yardage on defense is obvious a special teams issue, however the majority of the players participating play on defensive.

The two early story lines coming out of Cincinnati were that on defense the Bearcats replaced 10 of 11 starters in 2009 and that the game plan was always to score quickly and often on offense. Well it got the Bearcats as far as the Sugar Bowl and Florida.

NOTE:  This post obviously lends itself to a simple table.  Unfortunately after struggling mightily, the entire SAS staff could not get Goggle to work or cooperate.  Pasting, tabbing, inserting, aligning, all failed.  Thus a redundant post.

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