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TCU Coach Gary Patterson gets top billing in the New York Times examination of how defenses have tried to cope with the proliferation of ever-changing spread offenses in college football. With the NCAA’s number one defense three times in nine years, including 2008, Patterson is cited as “one of the foremost defensive minds in college football,” a “sideline savant,” and a “defensive innovator” who has a “flair for improvisation” with such “unconventional formations” as his 4-2-5. His emphasis is on developing speedy, versatile athletes who can react and hit.
“It’s kind of like people cooking chili,” Patterson told the Times. “Everybody’s got their own recipe. Everybody loves chili, but some like it hot, some like it meaty, some like it with more tomato sauce. There’s a hundred thousand million ways to cook chili. You’ve just got to figure what their recipe is and what you’re going to do to play against it.”
College Football Preview 2009
Success of Spread Forces Fundamental Changes on Defense
By PETE THAMEL and THAYER EVANS
The New York Times, August 30, 2009