Texas A&M Football: 3 biggest changes between 2021 and 2022

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Change No. 2: The Texas A&M football team should be more offensive-minded due to staffing changes

I know this is a similar change as the last one, but the reasoning is way different.

The Aggies will have the obvious shifts on the depth chart but a piece of the puzzle that may go under the radar is the replacement of Mike Elko at the defensive coordinator position. DJ Durkin is a respected coordinator but as a new face on this staff, one must assume that Fisher will try to give his team a more balanced look.

Don’t expect another year of offense where the team takes minimal snaps and the defense struggles to stay off of the field. Fisher will want to make sure that he gives Durkin an easy time in his first year as DC.

Change No. 3: DJ Durkin’s defense will be different, but not as different as you may think

Make no mistake, the defense will have a different look under DJ Durkin compared to that under Mike Elko. That said, will it really be that different?

Durkin’s scheme has seemingly changed everywhere that he has been a defensive coordinator. In his biggest two gigs as DC, he ran two entirely different schemes. At Michigan, it was a 4-3 scheme while Florida saw him switch to a 3-4 approach.

Jimbo Fisher has made it clear that he will not be changing his scheme based on a single hire, meaning that the Aggies 4-2-5 tactic will likely stick around. That said, there will still be changes on this defense — they’ll just be subtle.

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