After a few years of defensive futility while running a 3-4 defense, newly introduced defensive coordinator Clint Bowen said Wednesday that Western will run a 4-3 next season.
In special situations, Bowen said he may slip an extra defensive back into the secondary in exchange for a linebacker, creating a 4-2-5 look. But the four-man front will be consistent.
“A 4-2-5 and 4-3 are the same thing. It’s just a different person playing one spot,” Bowen said.
Bowen added that the trademark of his defense will be hard-playing, hard-hitting players with a winning attitude.
“I think the staples of what we’ve built through the years defensively and what I believe in, is first and foremost we’ve got to get our kids to play hard,” Bowen said. “They’ve got to play with unbelievable effort and fly to the ball and run to the ball. And with that, the last part when you’re running to the ball is to be very physical and very tough.”