Bielema Promises Major Evaluation Overhaul of Illini Defense

After two weeks of poor starts to games, Illinois head coach Bret Bielema declares the Illini staff must look at “some things schematically” to fix critical errors in the defense.

By Matt Stevens - IlliniGuys Football Writer/Analyst

September 9, 2023

(Cover photo courtesy Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

LAWRENCE, Kan. — If you believe the words of the third-year head coach at the University of Illinois, a critical damage assessment is coming for the defensive unit. 

Following back-to-back weeks of poor starts to games against Toledo and in the 34-23 loss at Kansas just six days later, Bret . . .

 

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