The 3-3-5 alignment left with coordinator Jeff Casteel, line coach Bill Kirelawich and cornerbacks coach David Lockwood, all of whom went to Arizona to coach under Rich Rodriguez. In their place is a new group of Joe DeForest, Keith Patterson and Erik Slaughter. They're joined by former receivers coach Daron Roberts, who moved over to coach the corners, and the only holdover, Steve Dunlap, who will split his time between defense and special teams.
In some ways, the scheme won't look all that different. DeForest said when he was hired that a lot of times fans have a hard time distinguishing between and 3-4 and a 4-3 or a 3-3-5 because in all of those defenses there are players who move around constantly.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen doesn't see that much difference in the pure alignment either.
"Coverage wise, stuff is going to be relatively similar, but the front is going to be different,'' Holgorsen said. "The fits are going to be different and how they are coached is different.''
And then there is that philosophy that took Rigg aback when he first heard it - be patient. It almost seemed to go against his nature.
"It's totally different,'' said Rigg, who has gone from playing an outside linebacker in the 3-3-5 to one of the two inside spots in the 3-4. "The first couple days I've been playing like last year and taking whatever I can. They keep telling me to be patient and that's just totally different from what I learned the past couple years.''
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