The number one complaint among Bulldog fans eight months ago was the poor play of the defense. There were some folks upset about offensive play-calling, but the cries for Chris Wilson's dismissal as DC were heard the loudest. Well, he's gone and the intense LB coach, Geoff Collins, has been promoted to sole defensive coordinator. Just making a change isn't the only reason to get excited about this defense. No - there are several that I will lay out here. Reasons the MSU defense will be back with a vengeance in 2013.
1. Attitude - this is two fold.
- A new attitude with regards to leadership and following the coach's direction. Last year's debacle in the Texas A&M game was horrifying to watch for many reasons but perhaps the most disturbing was the lack of effort showed by the defense save Cam Lawrence. Rumors of dissension among the defensive leaders and disagreements about what the coaching staff wanted to do bled over onto the field and it was painful to watch for most of November.
- A new attitude of intensity. Geoff Collins is a 180 of Chris Wilson. He is in your face, intense and aggressive. He will bring that to this year's defense and it is much needed. Intensity was not just missing from the back half of the schedule, it was missing the entire year. Vanilla game plan, vanilla attitudes towards the game.