It appears as if DeWayne Walker will be running his own defense as coach of the New Mexico State Aggie football team.
Me, I don't like it when a head coach acts as a head coordinator too. I'm not questioning Walker's defensive mind. The man clearly can get it done. But I know he knows strong defensive coaches after having years in the business who would make fine coordinators as well.
Perhaps it's a money issue for NMSU. Hiring a defensive coordinator is another expense, probably one they would not like to take on. But being a head coach is difficult as is. The difference between being a lead assistant on a staff and being the leader of the staff is apples to oranges.
All coaches have their own personality. Hal Mumme loved to throw the football. Derek Dooley at Louisiana Tech is a defensive guy. Walker believes in defensive football and that's something I'm a fan of as well. You can still have your philosophies and implement them into your football team without being hands on.
The defense needs to get better in the upcoming years without question. Walker could do it without running the unit. Hopefully he can do a solid job wearing both hats. But it is not an easy task.