Flaherty: Syracuse football made ‘fantastic’ move switching to 3-3-5 defense

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In the offseason, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers hired away defensive coordinator Tony White from Arizona State. White will be switching SU’s defensive scheme away from the 4-2-5 and into the 3-3-5.

The new defense is a paradigm shift for Syracuse’s linebackers, who will be called upon more often to stop the run. With that in mind, I chatted with former Orange linebacker Jake Flaherty, Syracuse’s defensive captain in 2008.

Flaherty breaks down what’s ahead for Syracuse in their new defense, and shares some personal milestones (congratulations again on getting married!) with us in this week’s edition of The Juice on the Cuse podcast.

TJO editor in chief Brad Bierman then calls in and we discuss whether there will be a football season at all as the ACC leadership meets this week amid COVID-19 numbers climbing in the United States. Brad lays out the best case and worst case scenarios for collegiate football in 2020.

Brad’s closing thought centers on whether COVID-19 will spill into the Syracuse basketball season, while I get excited about the return of the NBA regular season later this week.

» Related: Previewing Syracuse football’s 2020 linebackers


1. Former Syracuse football linebacker Jake Flaherty calls in
2. Activities during quarantine
3. Syracuse switching to 3-3-5
4. What’s the best kind of linebacker for the new scheme?
5. Adjusting to a new defensive coordinator
6. Editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in
7. Best case scenario for fall football
8. The reality of college athletics in COVID
9. Closing thoughts and wrap up

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.