Fixing defense is Job 1 for Gophers football


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The game wasn’t yet 24 hours in the past and the vision of Illinois’ Reggie Corbin running wild still was vivid. The Gophers had lost 55-31, with the Fighting Illini raining big plays seemingly at will on the Minnesota defense.

When coach P.J. Fleck made his Sunday morning appearance on WCCO radio, he quickly declared that, “yesterday was completely unacceptable.” And a few hours later, he acted on that assessment by relieving defensive coordinator Robb Smith of his duties.

The move wasn’t surprising, given that Smith’s defense had been trending in the wrong direction since the Big Ten season started, with conference opponents amassing an average of 43.2 points and 507.7 yards per game against the Gophers.

Smith’s firing addressed the team’s biggest concern, though expecting the defense to make a 180-degree turn under interim coordinator Joe Rossi would be unrealistic. It also showed that Fleck knew that he needed strong decision for the present as adheres to his step-by-step plan of building the program for what he sees as a successful future.



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