LINCOLN, Neb. — There is not one thing Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco dislikes about the new tools at his disposal.
The linemen learning how to switch to outside linebacker? Going well.
Leaning how to deal with a brand new coaching staff? Going swimmingly.
“I’m excited, the guys seem super, super excited to learn and work and get better,” Diaco said after practice on Tuesday, the Huskers’ second of the spring. “The installation was really stacked on them today so they really had to persevere through trying to slow the game down through the installation.”
The timetable as to when the defense will be fully developed into his 3-4 is “relative,” said Diaco, in his first season in Lincoln.
Diaco had a good first impression of the personnel available when he took the job, he said. For what he wants to do, the guys on the roster “fit well,” Diaco said.
“There’s enough brain power and fast action through diagnosis, I know that’s not going to be a limitation,” Diaco said. “Conditioning is build up so they can go hard long and I’m pleased with the tangible skill of the defensive players. We can definitely get our work done.”
Most notably, Nebraska’s defensive front will change dramatically from the year before. Carlos Davis, a defensive tackle as a redshirt freshman last season, will now play defensive end and some former defensive ends, like junior Sedrick King, will move to outside linebacker.
Diaco said he has no reservations about any position, particularly up front, and that everything is fitting in his system nicely.
Nebraska has other new coaches on the defensive side of the ball, including cornerbacks coach Donte Williams and safety coach Bob Elliott. Diaco and Elliott coached together at Notre Dame previously.
But with a motley crew of coaches from across the country now in one room, Diaco said his defensive is also changing and adapting.
“We’re definitely coming together to take this system to the next step,” Diaco said.