Out of the handful of questions hurled at Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, three of them were blunt. What can be done to improve the defense?
“That’s a great question,” Kingsbury said with a chuckle.
As far as Lubbock, Texas is concerned, that is the only question. The much maligned defense of the Red Raiders has effectively kept Texas Tech from competing in the top half of the conference through Kingsbury’s tenure.
Despite the negativity surrounding that side of the ball, optimism remains high with the high-potent Red Raiders even with the loss of quarterback Patrick Mahomes to the NFL.
“It will be a group effort, for sure. We didn’t do a very good job running the ball or protecting the quarterback last season but we have a group of guys who can get the job done.”
The young Kingsbury was the first wave in the Big 12 holding the title as the conference having the youngest head coaches on average. Including Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Baylor’s Matt Rhule, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Texas’ Tom Herman, Kingsbury is excited about the coaching in the conference.
“This is a league with some great young offensive minds in Lincoln and Herman. With Oklahoma, I don’t think you could have had a better situation of handing off the program with Lincoln and Baker (Mayfield).”
Many believe that if Kingsbury doesn’t have a winning season, this could be his last. The fifth-year head man has always reeked of confidence and certainly showed as such during media day.
Of course, it will all come down to Saturdays in the fall and if Tech can stop somebody. With an offense like the Red Raiders possess, a solid defense could do wonders for Texas Tech to compete with the upper echelon of the conference.
However this may be the make or break year for Kingsbury.