It has become obvious that Herman did a terrible job recruiting linebackers and DB’s in his two years here. Added that he took a few of the recruits with him to UT and the cupboard has been bare for Applewhite to fill. D’nofrio is not a good coordinator. A good D coordinator might be able to mask some of the limitations but at a point, a bad defense will start showing when there is a lack of talent at linebacker and secondary. We run a 3-4 defense where such a major influence on linebacker play. Your linebackers in a 3-4 are the players who should be ideally leading the team in sacks and TOL. If linebackers do not produce there will be big issues. We have not filled the wholes left by the good linebackers of the last few years.
As great as Oliver has been, a DT talent like him is actually better suited for the 4-3, which is where he most likely will get drafted to play in the NFL. Imagine what Oliver could do when he is not the sole clog in the middle getting double and triple teamed to free up Defensivs Ends.
For all the love people of this board give for Herman it turns out he was not that great of a recruiter. He parlayed Levine’s recruits into a job a UT and took a few good ones he had besides Olivier with him. D’nofrio needs to be gone after the year unless he costs us a couple of games in conference play. Then id fire him during the season. Applewhite is a first-time coach and Orlando recommended D’nofrio to Major. Applewhite like a lot of young coaches needs to learn from mistakes. He has fixed his mistake on offense. Now he needs to fix the defense.