Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt opted to stay at Oregon for his second season. The beneficiaries of his decision are the players.
Oregon redshirt sophomore safety Brady Breeze believes the team will build on last year’s success with Leavitt leading the defense in Year 2.
“We are definitely able to focus more on little tweaks of the defense. Last year, nobody knew what they were doing,”Breeze said, per Tyson Alger of Oregon Live. “Now we’re trying to fix little things here and there, like gap assignments and techniques and little things like that that we normally didn’t focus on last year.
“Last year they were really trying to teach us. If you didn’t figure it out, you got pulled out of practice. You had to watch and learn it yourself. I feel like we’re expected to know what we’re doing now.”
Leavitt elevated Oregon’s defense from the 126th ranked unit to the 46th ranked total defense in his first season. A year removed from surrendering 41.4 points per game in 2016, the Ducks allowed 29 points per a last season.
The defensive coordinator’s success earned him a contract extension through the 2021 season.
Coach Willie Taggart departed for Florida State. Leavitt elected to stay at Oregon. His decision has positively affected the players thus far. Continuity is key in a lot of cases. That appears to be the case in Eugene.
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