The Texas Sooners: 2009 Longhorn Defense Looks a Lot Like Oklahoma’s Old One

Posted by Barking Carnival on August-20-2009 Add Comments

If you accept the premise that our DL will be the weakest component of our defense—and I suppose that depends whether you define Sergio Kindle as a traditional DE or a multi-positional pre-snap human mindf*@! hybrid LB—and if you further believe, like me, that the DL and secondary are the two most crucial components in playing dominant defense, what precedent do the 2009 Texas Longhorns have that they can play national championship-level elite defense without a DL chock-full of junior and senior NFL draft picks?

If you examine the best defenses over the past few decades, and certainly the best Longhorn defenses of all time, a dominant DL seems a prerequisite for great defense. But there are a handful of exceptions. Las...

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