Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE
Cal head coach Sonny Dykes knows a defensive coordinator will be one of his top priorities.
California Golden Bears head coach Sonny Dykes has a lot of work to do in Berkeley. The Bears were 3-9 last season, had an anemic offense, were one of the most penalized teams in the country (next-to-last in total penalty yardage), and dipped to record-low graduation rates. Dykes knows the work he has to do in a short period of time, and he figures to face pressure to produce in short order.
Offense shouldn't be a problem for Dykes at Cal; he's always managed to produce good offenses as an offensive coordinator at Dykes knows the biggest issue he faces is finding a defensive coordinator; his Louisiana Tech defense was one of the worst in the country last year. He touched on the matter in a press conference that introduced him as Cal head coach.
My number one job is going to be to go out and hire the best defensive coordinator I can find in the United States. I have four or five names right now that I plan to interview. Go get the best one, bring him here and combine great defense with great offense and great special teams and try to go win a championship.
Cal will have plenty of talent returning, with almost the entire linebacking corps returning along with several defensive lineman and a few defensive backs.