Linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler called Saturday’s game disgusting, an embarrassment, and loads of other disparaging terms Monday after two days to digest the video.
“We had 28 loafs and I think it was 18 missed tackles,” Ekeler said. “… That was an embarrassment for us. Tip my hat to North Texas, but the way we look at it, we play us every week. Us kicked our (butt). We didn’t come to play. That’s on me, and I take it very personal. I’m embarrassed that that tape’s out there how we looked on defense. We had guys out there playing like they were scared. Scared to go up there and put their face on somebody.”
Ekeler said the effort could very well lead to personnel changes. Lots of them.
“Like coach (Doug) Mallory told them this morning and we talked about it,” Ekeler said, “there is no depth chart at this point. We’re not gonna watch that. That’s not gonna be representative of who we are. We’re gonna fix it, that’s why we were brought here. That’s not the standard we’re gonna set. We won’t watch it.”
Defensive tackles coach Mark Hagen was equally frustrated, and said he was concerned with a lack of communication and effort.
“I think to a man, we’re not communicating well enough and we’re not lining up and playing fast,” Hagen said. “When you don’t communicate, you’ve got guys on different pages. It might just be one guy. You can have 10 guys doing one thing and one guy doing another. That’s enough to cost you. The communication part of it is big, and we’re not lining up and being aggressive. We’re thinking too much. I bet if you asked every guy on defense, he would echo that. That’s what I see. You’re thinking. You can not sit back and think especially when the ball’s snap. If you do that on defense, you’re dead.”