MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Should you see Doug Rigg walking around campus and you choose to stop the senior from New Jersey for a moment, do ask the linebacker what type of defense West Virginia is playing in the 2013 season.
Just make sure your schedule is clear.
"I would say a multiple, attacking 3-4 defense," Rigg said. "Sometimes we're going to be a 3-4 and sometimes you're going to look out there and we might be a 4-3 and sometimes we might be a 3-3-5 stack."
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"It's all about different looks and it's predicated on the call," Rigg continued. "That's what we're trying to worry about and get good at."
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"We're not worried about trying to blitz," he continued. "We're worrying about trying to get good at our base calls so we can confuse the offense."
Rigg finally exhaled and his explanation deserves some examination.
Frankly, it merits some defending. Without dredging up too much of the past, let's just agree that the Mountaineers weren't very good on defense last year and simply state it was statistically the worst season in school history. They interchangeably and sometimes simultaneously struggled with rushing the passer, tackling the ball carrier and defending the receiver.
That happened during the first year of the 3-4 after more than a decade spent playing in and recruiting for the 3-3-5.
The 2013 defense returns a lot of players and has a new defensive coordinator with new ideas, but those new ideas are extra ideas. Keith Patterson wants his defense to play a 3-4 that will morph into a 3-3-5 to defend the pass, but also slide into a 4-3 to pressure the backfield. If the Mountaineers struggled with one concept last season, the thought of them working with three concepts a year later can't be comforting.
"It's pretty simple," Rigg insisted. "It sounds like it's not when you look at it, but it's really not hard. A lot of people have responsibility, but it's similar for each concept."
What WVU is doing on defense isn't entirely unlike what WVU does on offense. Dana Holgorsen identifies the players who can do something special when they get the ball and then devises way to get those players the ball.