Even before the defense hit rock bottom last season, many Ohio State fans were clamoring for a return to the press defenses of the late 1990s that were the first to earn the nickname, “Silver Bullets.”
Such a switch is easier said than done, however, in this day and age of spread offenses that were much more rare back then and not as diverse as they are now.
There is more to running a high-pressure defense than just pressing up the corners (more on this later) and playing 9 on 9. The rest of the defensive players need to be able to play in space and cover now that there are more dangerous players on the field than ever before, particularly at the quarterback position.
That includes the safeties, who will have more responsibilities for the Buckeyes this fall and need a different type of skill set.