News broke early Thursday that Purdue’s defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has been fired after just one season with the Boilermakers.
This news is not all that surprising given the Boilermaker’s struggles defensively this season as they ranked 60th in the country in total defense. They also allowed 29.8 points per game which was good for just 71st for scoring defense in the nation as well.
Pass rush was also a big issue for Purdue as they finished the season with only 5 total sacks in 6 games as opposed to the 28 sacks they had in 2019 under Nick Holt.
A lot of questions were raised when this hire was made because of Diaco’s 3-4 defense, and Purdue fans saw the results this year. This team had plenty of playmakers on the defensive side of the football but never seemed to get things going the way they needed to.
A few names to keep an eye on as potential candidates to replace Diaco include, former Purdue defensive coordinator now at Cincinnati Marcus Freeman, Purdue secondary coach Anthony Poindexter, Ball State’s defensive coordinator Tyler Stockton among others that will emerge from different programs around the nation.
It will be interesting to see what route Jeff Brohm and the rest of the coaching staff go with this hire, but it was evident that a change was coming and needed for Purdue after a very disappointing 2020 season.