While Cal had a winning record in 2009 in both the regular season (8-5) and conference play (5-4), the future could bring forth much better performances—if the defense has anything to say about it.
While Jeff Tedford lost defensive coordinator Bob Gregory, he definitely didn’t downgrade the opening with the hiring of Clancy Pendergast, former NFL defensive coordinator and positional coach. Pendergast coached the Arizona Cardinals defense to Super Bowl XLIII during his five-year tenure.
He spent one more year as a coordinator with Kansas City in 2009 before agreeing to coach the defensive backs for the Raiders—which lasted less than two weeks once Tedford offered him the reigns to his defense.
Despite two possible early-round NFL draft picks in defensive stars Syd’Quan Thompson and Tyson Alualu, Cal’s defense was underwhelming last season.
Here is how the Bears defense stacked up in 2009:
• Second-worst pass defense in Pac-10 (261 YPG)
• Lower-half total defense giving up almost 25 PPG in Pac-10
• 55th overall total defense
The Bears added a couple pieces to their secondary in the ’09 class with lightning-fast cornerback Steve Williams (4.35) and versatile safety Alex Logan. Look for both players to contribute to the defense in the 2010 season.