It was important to Indiana coach Kevin Wilson that the linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator he found to replace Mike Ekeler would be someone with whom co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Doug Mallory would find common ground with philosophically.
That apparently happened with William Inge, whom the Hoosiers hired officially Wednesday from his post as defensive line coach of the Buffalo Bills.
“Philosophically Doug and I see eye to eye,” Inge said Wednesday. ” In terms of what he’s done with the structure and what goes on from the secondary standpoint and what he’s learned from his father Coach Mallory and all the good he’s done for this particular institution and the things that I’ve done with front seven work in the places I’ve been. We were able to talk and think about some of the things we like to do and process that goes on and seeing what the final picture looks like We were on the same page with that.”
And what does that final picture look like?
“What we look for in our defense is three words,” Inge said. “Consistent, aggressive and violent. We want to be consistent in all of the things we work with in our players. We want our teams to be in a scenario where we don’t beat ourselves. We want to be fundamentally sound, structurally sound, and we know that good teams are the ones that don’t beat themselves. We want to be aggressive in the fact that when the ball is snapped, we make sure we wreak havoc on the play. That’s not necessarily meaning we’re going to blitz all the time, but we want to be aggressive in how we carry out our fundamental techniques. And violent in the fact that we know it’s a violent game and you define your self through contact at the point of attack.”
Inge later clarified his use of the term “violent,” concerned about the term’s connotation. He said he wants his teams to be active at the point of attack, though not with intent to injure.
As well as he and Mallory got along during the interview process, Inge was attracted to the job because of Wilson. Inge had never worked with Wilson, but he’d been on staffs with plenty of coaches who had, including former San Diego State coach Chuck Long, who was Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator before Wilson was promoted to that position from offensive line coach.
“Knowing how good coach Wilson has been from a history standpoint, he’s always been on my list of coaches I wanted to work with,” Inge said. “… Indiana University is very dear to my heart being in the Big Ten, and I’ve been really impressed by what Coach Wilson has done with this program in two years. It is a very attractive job.”