Joe Kines influence on the Florida defense

Mr. College Football wonders if Florida’s 2009 defense could be even better than its 2008 version. The answer he provides includes this interesting tidbit: “Strong once worked for Joe Kines, the veteran SEC defensive coordinator. This spring he is using one of the lessons Kines taught him long ago. ‘Coach Kines said that when you have really good players you can’t take your foot off the pedal,’ Strong said. ‘Our guys made a lot of great plays last season. They earned everything they got. Now we have to coach them like none of that ever happened’…”

In 2008, many (including me) underestimated how good Florida’s defense would be. I don’t think that will happen in 2009.