Danger defense being revamped

The Nebraska Danger practice at the Community Fieldhouse in Grand Island, Neb. (KHGI)

The Nebraska Danger added many new players and coaches during the offseason, but one familiar face returning for another season is defensive coordinator Pig Brown.

The once great Danger defender is entering his second season as a member of the Mean Green coaching staff. Brown hopes to create one of the top defensive units in the Indoor Football League.

"We're going to play more of an attack, downhill style defense," said first-year head coach Mark Stoute. "Last year they were more of a read and react, cover two when the offense would do something they would react. This year we're going to be more aggressive, my scheme is more aggressive."

Even after tying for a league high with 27 sacks a season ago, the team expects to grow even more in 2018.

"Our deal is to dictate to the offense what we're going to allow them to do. We have some schemes there that we show one thing and we're actually going to run something else. We got some changes where we fool them to running it with the ball and fill the box late with two guys," Stoute says.

Despite losing standout and IFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Trey Wafford in the offseason, the Danger do return some big names to the roster including defensive linemen Xzavie Jackson, who leads the IFL with 77 career sacks.

The Danger kick–off the 2018 season at home against the Cedar Rapids Titans Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

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