Former Louisville Defensive Coordinator, on his way out the door to take the head job at Eastern Michigan, sat down to chat with the Courier-Journal's Eric Crawford.
Crawford concludes we were "fortunate to have English," whose defense gave up 63 points and 671 yards of total offense in its season finale at Rutgers. The Cards D ranked better only than Syracuse among Big East teams, giving up an average of 29.8 points and 368.8 yards per game.
These are just stats, folks. Yes, English coached with a great deal of intensity and his passion for the game was evident each time we saw him out on the field. Yes, he lacked the dogs he needed for the fight and would probably have been able to open up some pipelines recruiting-wise had he stuck around awhile. Yes, our defense was better than it was last year. And yes, EC, we were probably fortunate to have had English.
But let's call a spade a spade. The D was improved; it was far from spectacular. And while, if given the chance, English may have been able to rectify the situation, maybe even catapult our lackluster defense into a top 15, top 10 unit, he didn't. And if he stuck around awhile, maybe he might have been given the reins to the whole kit and caboodle.
But don't look for this blogger (and yes, I use that term loosely) to sit and speculate on what might have been or what should have happened. It is what it is, and this past year's defense was at best mediocre, sometimes less than inspiring, and now its leader has left and is on to greener pastures. (Shut up, you know it's a greener pasture.)
So fare the well, Coach English. The LYes!Report wishes you all the best in your future endeavors. We hope that your successor brings as much intensity, passion, recruiting wherewithal, and potential as you brought.