BYU's Defense Will Improve

Brett RichinsSenior Analyst IOctober 4, 2010

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 8:  Head coach Bronco Mendenhall ofthe BYU Cougars signals for a time out in the fourth quarter of the game with the UCLA Bruins on September 8, 2007 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. UCLA won 27-17. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The BYU defense will be improved with head coach Bronco Mendenhall functioning as the defensive coordinator.

The surprising release of Jamie Hill as the defensive coordinator was a shot across the bow of the entire team and staff.

The move is a signal that Bronco is going to take control of this team and that the current level of performance is unacceptable.

Expect the intensity and focus of this team to take a dramatic jump, beginning with the defense.

The Cougar defenders know that a new sheriff is in town with Mendenhall retaking the reins of the defense.

Bronco’s taking charge on defense is a message to players and coaches on the offensive side of the ball as well.

Today in his press conference, Mendenhall mentioned that he will evaluate the offensive coaches as the season moves forward.

Mendenhall has tried to do his best LaVell Edwards impression by delegating more responsibilities to coordinators and the move has backfired. Head coaches have to be true to who they really are and Bronco needs to be more involved to be effective.

Even with the rash of injuries, this defense will benefit from Bronco taking charge.  The change will result in a better effort from players, better play-calling on defense, and a more unified front from the defensive coaches.

Whether or not it will be good enough to get a win over a much improved San Diego State program will be seen on Saturday.