- Jan 11, 2012
This is one of the more interesting questions in my mind related to the coaching changes.Correct, Petro's style his last really decade or so was more of a finesse, stick skill heavy defense with complex slides and movements. I am hopeful that he would adjust to more of an aggressive style to suit what Gait wants to do and to change it up after his more passive style really struggled the last handful of years at Hop.
What we saw too much of last season on the defensive side: Poor communication overall (No slides, unneeded slides when the on-ball defense was actually pretty good, two guys sliding to the ball, etc.), inconsistent play from the SSDM unit at best and alot of instances of them being left out to dry, multiple times in ACC play where we didn't have a true alpha #1 defender to go up against the Grays, Sowers, etc., and an overall poor man down unit which relates back to the communication point.
What makes me nervous about the potential Petro hire is the point that Jeremy and others have made about the comments that Hop fanbase has made over their defenses being too much finesse and overly complicated the last several years. I just don't think going against these ACC offenses that you can have these overly elaborate schemes. They are too quick and talented. The schemes have to be simplified and executed really well. I'm hoping that year off was a time of reflection about what works and what doesn't schematically in the modern era.
What I'd like to see: MUCH better communication and evaluation of on-ball defense to know when to help. Be on-ball aggressive and position aggressive, but that needs to be controlled aggression. Know your personnel and know when the right time/matchups are to take some chances. Units like Notre Dame, Maryland, Yale, etc. are the ones to emulate IMO. There is alot of room for aggressiveness in these schemes especially when it comes to quick doubles.