Pretty sure every Cal fan will say the defense was the biggest disappointment. What would you say are the biggest issues on defense? What strategy should Cal employ the rest of the season to win games if the defense continues to be an issue?
Sam Fielder: Seems like the biggest issues on D are tackling (or lack thereof) and the lack of push from the DL. We have 1 sack after 2 games, which is terrible. I don't know what strategy should be employed, but they need to get back to fundamental wrapping up on tackles, discpline and aggression from the D line, and general preparation that needs to be better.
Leland Wong: Sam is exactly right--the most glaring defensive issue seems to be missed tackles. This is a fundamental issue, so I don't think it necessarily warrants changing anything in terms of formation or scheme. They should be able to perfect their tackling technique from in-game experience, so I'm cautiously optimistic for the future, even if it's costing us in these early out-of-conference games. There were a few plays when the PSU quarterback (who's 245 lbs, by the way) would be on the run behind the line of scrimmage and the linebackers or defensive backs playing shallow coverage would start to cheat up, allowing him to float balls right above them for consistent gains. I imagine this could be fixed with some better discipline or communication to assign some players to chase down the quarterback while the others stay back.