Rush coach points finger at porous defense after defeat
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media March 31, 2013 10:14PM
Updated: May 2, 2013 6:35AM
Arena-league rules favor the offense, but that doesn’t mean defenses are absolved of making an impact.
So after the Rush’s 76-61 loss Sunday against the Spokane Shock at Allstate Arena in which the Shock scored on every possession except its last when it ran out the clock, Rush coach Bob McMillen put his defense on notice.
“On our defensive line, we can’t have just one guy getting the pressure all the time,” McMillen said. “We got to have all three of them, and we’ll go to practice this week and continue to work with those guys, and if not, we’ll go find somebody else that can get there.”
Usually, 61 points would be more than enough for a Rush defense loaded with accomplished players, some of whom have seen time in the NFL.
But the defense seemed out of sync against the Shock.
Not only was it prone to big plays, but the Rush never really put Spokane’s offense in any stressful situations. The Shock (2-0) found itself facing third down only once and converted its only fourth-down attempt.
The Rush (0-2) also allowed two touchdowns on special teams.
The defense’s performance spoiled an improved effort from quarterback Carson Coffman, who’s in his first year as a starter in the league. Last season, Coffman was a backup for Utah.
Coffman completed 25 of 39 passes for 294 yards and seven touchdowns and didn’t throw an interception. The offense was particularly efficient in the red zone, scoring on eight of nine opportunities.
“Quite a bit more comfortable,” Coffman said. “The first game, I was pretty nervous, my first start. This week, I just had to come out and play.”