Today ESPN's Big Ten blog posted on its lunch links an interview with Greg Hudson (new defensive coordinator). If you actually read the interview your first reaction may be that of absolute panic.
The question that jumped out at me the most was
Gold and Black: How do you feel about where the talent level is?
Hudson: "Um, you know, it's not where we need to be as a Big Ten football team. We have some talented guys who have to use that talent every snap every second. Like coach says, A players need to get As. If you're an A player right now, you better get an A. A B is a failure."
I initially thought wow, that sounds horrible. We don't have the talent? how are we supposed to beat anyone without B1G level talent? But upon closer inspection this is reality. This coaching staff appears to understand reality and grasp the fact that our talent level doesn't match up directly with Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, or even Penn State. Although this revelation is fairly straightforward (and deep down inside even the most hardcore Purdue fans know it) I don't think Danny Hope and his staff understood this one simple fact (among others). I think that Danny Hope actually believed that he was a few close plays away from contending for a B1G title. I don't think he understood how to play to the strengths/talent level of his team. Defensive Coordinator Hudson really appeared, throughout the entirety of this interview, to reiterate that he would adjust his defensive scheme to the talent level and strengths of his defensive unit.
Secondly I really am excited to read that the coaching staff expects players to use every drop of talent they have on every play. In the past few years we saw a lot of players not truly reach their potential; I also think it is safe to say that the coaching staff was the primary driving force behind that lack of development. Throughout this offseason it has appeared that the new coaching staff has dedicated itself to making sure players are held accountable for their performance which has to be the first step in reestablishing Purdue's football credibility.