Coach Ellerson looked relaxed after the game, which was different from even the Northwestern game.
I asked the coach how the defense had made such a big improvement from the week before and how the Tulane passing game had been held to less than 100 yards on the day.
“I think they took some adjustments. We’re still running our system, but we presented a four-shell look. We gave them four across on the back row with the ability to push some help out on our corners. We matched up with some personnel. We put JJ on their go-to guy and made them hold up in some situations, a little bit on an island. We had to take that extra linebacker out of the secondary, or pushing out to help the corners"
Army has still not really found a replacement for nose tackle Mike Gann, who graduated last year. They played a two man line with Andrew Rodriguez sometimes going to a three point stance at his end position. Talking about the offense line, the coach said:
"We put a little more pressure on those guys up front, but we got off the nose. We don’t play nose tackle very well, so we quit trying to pretend we do and did a little more zipping and zapping. I think when you play well on the back end, you’ll always see some good things happening pressure-wise. We got some hits on the quarterback. We had him uncomfortable. I don’t think he was comfortable with what he was looking at.”