Virginia Coach Mike London hired defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta largely because his blitz-heavy, aggressive approach to defense will help the Cavaliers create more havoc. Just don’t tell Tenuta that.
“You mean I just blitz and play man coverage every snap? Is that what you’re saying,” Tenuta shot back Friday during his introductory news conference when presented with that generalization.
At least on the surface, Tenuta couldn’t be more different than his predecessor. Former Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid, who was fired last month, was diminutive in stature and revered by players, whom he liked to compliment by telling reporters which ones were “the type of guy you want your daughter to meet.”
Tenuta declined to discuss any members of the Cavaliers roster until he saw them in action this spring. But based on the intense glare he sported during his introduction on Friday, he probably won’t respond all that well to any Virginia losses next season.