Wake Forest Staff Gets Defensive
By Eric Russell
Wake Forest has shuffled its defensive coaching staff in recent weeks. Both of the coaching moves involved former ACC players. Last week they hired former Demon Deacons linebacker Warren Belin to coach the linebackers this season.
Belin has more than 20 years of coaching experience in the NFL and NCAA ranks. His most recent gig was as a member of the Carolina Panthers coaching staff. The addition of Belin came as a result of one of the more notable offseason moves by Wake Forest. Head coach Jim Grobe moved linebackers coach Derrick Jackson to defensive backs coach. The move means that the Demon Deacons' secondary will now have its fifth coach in as many seasons.
The constant shifting at the position is highligted by the fact Wake Forest has finished in the in the bottom half of the ACC in pass defense every season since 2008. The defense intercepted 11 passes during the 2011 season and gave up an average of 266 yards per game.
Grobe told the Winston-Salem Journal that he believed Jackson would make a good secondary coach from the day he hired him. The hope for Wake Forest is for its defense to return to the status they had in '08 when they were one of the top five defenses in the conference.