Media hammers Kingsbury over Texas Tech's atrocious defense

There’s no denying that Texas Tech and Kliff Kingsbury have one of the most potent offenses in the country on an annual basis.

There’s also no denying that the team’s defense is among the worst in the country on a yearly basis and is the main reason the Red Raiders are a combined 16-21 over the past three seasons.

There are 128 teams at the FBS level, which is important to remember when looking at how Texas Tech’s defense has finished the past three seasons.

Year Defensive Rank Points allowed per game
2016 128th 43.5
2015 125th 42.6
2014 126th 41.3

The press didn’t hold back on the Red Raiders coach during the Big 12 Media Days on Monday, taking him to task for the terrible showing on the defense. Here are just two of the questions Kingsbury received during his availability, as per the transcript on ASAP Sports.

Q: Just cutting right to it, Kliff, why has the defense been so bad, and how are you going to fix it?

Kingsbury: Yeah, I think a number of things. As a head coach, it falls on me, no question. I think middle of year two we made a change where we kind of had to start over, and Coach (David) Gibbs came in. It wasn’t the greatest situation, no question, and he’s still working through that.

I think going in to year three, we have the same defensive coordinator for the first time at Texas Tech in a long time. He’s been able to bring in players that fit his scheme. He’s been able to bring in coaches that he’s comfortable with. So I expect to see us be improved.

I like what I saw this spring. We played a lot of young players on defense last year, and I’m hoping those snaps pay dividends going into this year.

Q: Follow-up to Mr Bowles’ question. You’re a fine coach. It’s a great conference, great school, all-world offense. I figure there may be 5,000 seniors who start on defense in Texas a year. You recruit from other states. Why can’t you get 10, 15, or 20 who can hold your opponents to 30 points or less a game?

Kingsbury: That’s a great question. I wish I had the answer (laughter). Like I said, that’s something we work on. We haven’t been good enough defensively, and we’ll continue to try and recruit the right players and develop them and get better.

It’s not exactly what Kingsbury had in mind when he took the podium for the annual event, but the coach had to know some form of questioning about the defense was coming.

With star quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the NFL, the offense is likely to experience a drop in production, meaning the defense will have to rise to the occasion at times in 2017. Judging by the past three years that doesn’t look likely for Texas Tech, meaning next year’s Media Days could be even harsher on Kingsbury.

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