In our next issue of Big Red Report magazine, we ask the Lincoln Journal Star's Steve Sipple, 93.7 The Ticket's Adrian Fiala, and ESPN 590's Michael Grey to answer a handful of topics previewing the Huskers 2012 season.
But not every question made our final issue, so why let it go to waste?
Today's topic up for debate:
Could it be a blessing in disguise that there seems to be no star power on the defense, when taking last year into account?
Here are their answers:
Sipple: “No I don’t think so, I mean I see where you are going, but I think you need stars most of the time. If you are without stars you can still be a great defense, its been proven, but if you’re asking me if you would rather have stars or not have them, I think I would rather have three all Big Ten guys. I would rather have three or four preseason all Big Ten guys, I would rather have a couple guys who are up for National Defensive Player of the Year, I would rather have guys who have produced at that level to merit that type of discussion. So no, I don’t regard it as an advantage, but I don’t regard it as a stumbling block either. I think you can have a very good defense without having big time star power, but with my experiences I would rather have three or four all-league caliber guys out there.”
Grey: “I don’t see that, I don’t think you necessarily get better, by not having the talented players, but I do think they can play better team defense. They may struggle more, they may statistically not stack up in some areas, but I think they can take a step as a coaching staff, and steps for future years, but its hard to say that you loose a star player at three levels of the defense and you get better.”
Fiala: “Well you know at times that can be true, we have all heard of the no name defense and the no name offense, and the no names preformed very well. With everyone on the same page and everyone not worried if they get all the stats, or all the accolades and all that stuff, and they start playing so well as a team and come together and keep it rolling that way...There are no jealousies or animosities going on when you have all guys on the same page and no super heroes on the ball club, but I think if you talk to any coach they would like to have a couple guys who really excel. However, they understand that there are those guys who really don’t hit the headlights all that much, and they are still great players. Its one of those situations where you hope they can all come along, develop together and develop well together, and make sure that if everyone on that defense is doing their job, its pretty hard for that other team to make a move, its pretty hard for that other team to score, and its pretty hard for that other team to move the football.”
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*** Eric Oslund contributed to this report ***