Joel Klatt explains how Ohio State's defense improved under Jim Knowles
One of the things that Ohio State has improved on this season is its defense because of first-year defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.
Fox Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt, broke down what makes Knowles a good coordinator and why the defense has improved under his watch on Thursday.
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“Knowles had the most pressurized position in America,” Klatt said. Knowles left a quickly rising Oklahoma State program to join the Buckeyes this season.
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Klatt says what makes them so good is two things: quick calls and he likes to disguise his defenses. That may lead to the quarterback holding on to the ball too long and can lead to confusion on the quarterback’s part.
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“Jim Knowles has come into the Ohio State defense and they have improved drastically and how has he done that? By confusing the opposing OC and opposing quarterback that’s his philosophy and he’s done it very well,” said Klatt.
Ohio State’s improvement on defense may be just what they need to finally win Ryan Day his first national championship as head coach of the Buckeyes.