By Kent Lee Platte, DLD Contributor
It has been three years since Teryl Austin had his first and only shot as a Defensive Coordinator at the University of Florida. Lions fans area already aware that Austin was the Secondaries coach for the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, and the basic assumption is that Austin would bring some of the defensive strategies and tendencies from the Ravens to the team. That’s a fair assumption, being that it is his most recent job in football, but I feel the best method to really see what Austin likes to do as a play caller is to look at what he did when he was actually calling plays.
To delve into that, I’ve went back to the 2010 Florida Gators and taken a look not only at the types of plays he likes to call but also the tendencies he used in coverage, blitzing, and general aggressiveness against various levels of competition. In doing so, I will address some of the rumors and perceptions Lions fans have about the type of defense they should expect to see in Detroit for 2014. (more…)