New HC Geoff Collins put together a very good defensive resume at Mississippi State under Mullen (Top 5 in SEC in Total Defense, Rushing Defense and Passing Defense in '13, top SEC Red Zone Defense and #1 in sacks in '14) and Florida under McElwain (#11 in the nation in scoring D in '15, #6 in '16). His OC Dave Patenaude has a history of running the ball at every stop he's coached at (gleaned from sources other than this article), most recently at Coastal Carolina.
Looks like they plan to duplicate Rhule's approach of a tough defense and hard nosed running team although the guy who wrote the article linked below suspects that Patenaude may want to throw a little more than he did at COastal Carolina. They have several pieces to replace on defense and one huge hole on the OL to replace. They also have a good RB and several good receivers but need to settle on a QB.
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