The defense was, yet again, a trainwreck. The triple option attack of New Mexico looked absolutely lethal. Arizona had little-to-no answer on the edge, and also succumbed to big plays through the air against an offense that does not throw the ball well.
But that's just one game. We're looking at the bigger picture.
Given the history of questionable defenses over the tenure of Rich Rodriguez, it would seem that now is the time to move in a new direction across the board on that side of the ball. In the wake of a disastrously bad performance in 2015, Arizona has already parted ways with one defensive coach shortly after the bowl win. Many fans (including myself) hope that this is not the end of the changes made. Whether it's personnel, scheme, or how players are utilized, something has to change if Arizona plans to be competitive in the coming years.
In light of this, I've taken the opportunity to compile a list of the things that I'd rather see make a comeback in 2016 instead of Jeff Casteel's 3-3-5 defense. To wit:
4. Giga Pets
5. Chia Pets
6. Ghia Pets
7. "Friday" by Rebecca Black
10. Kristen Stewart
12. Tim Tebow
13. Jay Leno on The Tonight Show
15. A shot-for-shot remake of Lost where none of the plot holes or major flaws are filled in or fixed
16. Pimp My Ride
17. The phrase, "Talk to the hand"
18. Either a Clinton or a Bush in the White House
20. Wallet chains
22. Rudy Carpenter
23. Frosted tips
24. Livestrong bracelets
25. Creed (the band, not the boxer)
26. Creed (the boxer, not the band)
28. The XFL
29. Diss tracks
My non-comprehensive list only contains 29 things I'd rather see make a comeback over the 3-3-5 defense, but there are 465 reasons this defense was terrible this year, and those reasons point to a need for a new direction. In the meantime, I encourage your additions to this list.
Happy new year, AZDS.