It really doesn't matter who Mack hires if he doesn't concede a new approach is needed. Mack's involvement has shown a tendency of safety first in regard to the tough contact that players need to sharpen skills. Learning new schemes and techniques will keep the attention focus in the desirable range but a lack of attitude change at the top will keep a new DC from altering our tackling problems. There are players that can produce desired results with a minimum of full speed contact each practice but form tackling and a few across the bow's aren't enough for everyone. The lack of "batting practice full speed tackling" has given many of our players bad habits which haven't gotten the job done on gameday. There is no doubt that the new DC must add a minimum of one fundamentally sound zone defense. This will not be added at the expense of our man coverage but must be the first priority of the new DC. Teams can't compete in the Big 12 without both and the ability to disguise is vital to add confusion to the QB's. From a personal standpoint, I hope we add to the arsenal of our DT's. They are capable of so much more than a simple stem to a 3-1 attack where they can win the battle but lose the war to the damn cutback. These guys have the ability to play some two gap and some crossover swim shouldn't be out of the realm of possibility. These guys have talent and a super technique coach in Tolly--adding confusion to opposing OL's should be a way of life with these guys. We finally have three MLB's that are capable of reading, reacting, and punishing from behind the LOS. These Mikes shouldn't have to be stunted into gap control situations in order to insure they fill the correct bubbles. This alone should free up the DT's to play with fresh techniques instead of being saddled with covering for inferior MLB play. Regardless of who takes over the LB's he will be pleasantly surprised with the abilities of our OLB's. Coupled with the athleticism of our DE's, it shouldn't take long for him to decide that these four positions shouldn't be still long at the snap. Let the games begin on the edges and dedicate a stance of wrecking **** with the warcry of "block 'em if you can catch 'em" sounding loud and clear. Finally, I cant envision any new DC coming in and wanting to utilize DJ as a safety net. We have the premier difference maker in the nation and we need to attack with him. Line him up on the open side of the formation and give him a variety of stunts while covering up potential blockers with game playing DE's. DJ has the ability to take over any series during a game and we need to let him do it from a true Willie backer. The new LB coach also has one other small teaching job to accomplish with DJ (stick, wrap, and drive to the ground) instead of the ko body tackling effort that has become a bad habit in games. Hopefully that technique is from a lack of full speed tackling in some parts of practice. That can be fixed if Mack will take the skirts off in practice. From my favorite of all time, Your thoughts?