New PSU defensive coordinator says he will stay course
College Football Videos
There may not be a more fiery or excitable coach on Penn State's staff than John Butler.
The Philadelphia native said that won't change despite being promoted to a position where calm in the crucible of competition would seemingly trump raw intensity.
“If I showed up at practice one day and I had my hands folded and I was very quiet, the kids would look at me and say, ‘Who's this clown?' ” Butler said Thursday, his first full day as defensive coordinator. “Obviously, you have to be able to make quick decisions, to call a defense. You have to be able to adapt to a situation, and I think I'm prepared to do that.”
If the Nittany Lions' defense falters, it likely won't be due to a break in continuity.
Butler plans to adhere to the same philosophy that allowed Penn State to field one of the stingiest defenses in the Big Ten last season — the Nittany Lions were second in scoring defense (19.1 points per game) — and the same one espoused by Ted Roof, his predecessor.
Roof left Penn State after one season to become the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, and coach Bill O'Brien wasted little time in promoting Butler, who coached the secondary last season.
“It's going to be very similar to what we did in 2012,” Butler said. “We're going to be multiple (formations).”
The most notable thing working against Butler is the reality that there are a finite number of hours in a day. Butler, who said he will be more than a “walk around coordinator,” plans on coaching the cornerbacks or safeties and become even more involved in recruiting.
That reflects the aggressive approach Penn State will continue to take, though Butler stressed that coaching aggressively is more of a mindset.
“Aggressive doesn't mean we're going to blitz them every snap,” Butler said. “What aggressive means is we're going to change coverage looks, we're going to move players around so they can't scheme to block them a certain way every time.
“When teams are having success against us, we're going to change some things. We're not going to sit back and say, ‘Well, I hope this is going to work.' We're going to say, ‘Hey, this ain't working we're trying this.' ”
Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @ScottBrown_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hackers’ new Dyre malware infects W.Pa. computers, vexes FBI cyber agents
- Ford City’s teamwork, emotion take center stage in semifinal win over Freeport
- Penguins assistant coach Tocchet wants Letang to shoot more on power play
- Gorman: Billy Holt’s big moment for Albert Gallatin
- LaBar: Updated WWE Network numbers, its future
- City rivals Allderdice, Brashear seeking elusive title
- Pirates likely to seek pitcher, catcher when free agency starts
- Friends take to social media to recall Herminie teen
- ‘Big play’ moniker fits veteran Steelers cornerback Gay
- Pitt, IUP to experiment with 30-second shot clock
- Police: Man wanted in fatal ambush of Pennsylvania trooper finally captured