Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach Jeff Hafley

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    Co-Defensive Coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley

    + He is a scheme guy and a talent guy, it just depends on what you have. “We have talent here, so you have to make the most of your talent.”

    + They want to play fast, so things will be simplified.

    + Hafley has seen plenty of OSU defensive backs while he’s been in the NFL. He is a big believer in playing press man, but he also believes you have to change it up. “We’ll continue to do some of that and we’ll so some other stuff as well.”

    + The combination of Hafley and Greg Mattison will be something special. “It’s been awesome. I think it will be a really good mesh.”

    + Hafley watched a little tape before taking the job.

    + The best guy is going to play. “I’ve started undrafted free agents over first-round draft picks.” It’s our job to play the best players. “If you’re the best, you’ll play. And if it’s close, we’ll find a role for you.”

    + It’s not tough to break down a roster and see who the best players are. It just takes time and tape.

    + There is a good mix of young and older in the coaching staff.

    + Recruiting expectations, he expects to go out and get the best players. Ryan Day expects that as well. He has to get used to doing the traveling, but it is exciting that you get to go pick who you want instead of drafting. You have to work to get who you want and that fires him up.

    + Hafley doesn’t believe there is a difference in coaching men in the NFL and college players. They just want to know you care and you know what you’re talking about.

    + Ryan Day didn’t talk to Hafley about fixing anything. “We just talked.” The talk was about coming back to college football. Greg Schiano was a mentor to him, so he’ll never say anything bad about last year’s scheme or defense. “Our job is to get better. We certainly have to.”

    + In the NFL, you study tape and you learn because there is no recruiting. He’s done that for the last seven years.

    + He came to Ohio State for several reasons. He wanted to be a coordinator. “I came back here because this is a special place.” You can win a lot of games here, but you can do it with the right type of people. The culture is right, and that’s why he came here. “It’s the right type of player here.” They have recruited the right kinds of guys. The guys who go to class and work hard. Not every place is like that.

    + Scheme-wise, they will have to match up with the offense they are facing. There will be nickel, there will be base.

    + He asked Marshon Lattimore and Denzel Ward why they were rotating. “I didn’t get it at the time.” But then the guys keep becoming first round picks. “If a guy is good enough to play, we have to get him on the field.”

    + “We are going to work on turning and looking and trying to intercept the ball when we are in man.”

    + They still have to figure out where everybody will be coaching from.
     
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    I love this guy already! You can just tell he commands respect.
     
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    I really liked his press conference. I think he will do a great job here.
     
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