Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford coaches his players during practice at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Sunday August 7, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Golden: Charlie Strong’s backing of Vance Bedford comes at a risk

Posted September 27th, 2016

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In today’s Golden’s Nuggets, Cedric touches on a big Bevo-related item: What risk does Charlie take on by backing Vance? Here’s what he had to say about it:

It appears that Charlie Strong is staying pat with his defense.

At least on the surface.

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Strong informed us Monday that defensive coordinator Vance Bedford is a tremendous coach and that he plans to take on a more active role in the team’s scheme. It was a real vote of confidence with the the Big 12 schedule revving up in Stillwater.

“It’s not like he’s forgotten how to coach,” Strong said before adding, “We won a championship together at Florida.”

Strong’s defense of Bedford comes at a risk, especially if it turns out this week that Bedford is the Titanic, Strong is the captain and Oklahoma State is the unavoidable iceberg. If I had to guess, I would say Strong will take on a much more active role not only during game-week preparation, but also on game day.

Bedford’s on-field product is similar to what we got from former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson before Strong stripped him of play-calling duties after just one game last year. How is Bedford’s situation any different? His leash appears to be a lot longer than Watson’s.

The numbers say that Bedford’s crew ranks ninth among the 10 Big 12 teams in scoring defense (34.7 points per game) and fifth in total defense (386.3 yards per game). Now if those numbers are inflated because Texas played against good offenses in Notre Dame and Cal remains to be seen, but there aren’t many bad offenses remaining on this schedule.

Texas gets the Bedlam schools over the next two weeks before we can even start talking about teams like Baylor and Texas Tech. Saturday’s test against Mason Rudolph and the Big 12’s third-ranked passing offense will let us know if Texas is on a different or doomed path to the familiar failures we’ve witnessed over the past couple of seasons.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his take on Kent Perkins’ DWI arrest and what to do with Tony Romo when he returns, click here.

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