Defense could be a strength for '06 Broncos

The coaching change at Boise State has helped inspire QB Jared Zabransky and the Broncos to make amends for a disappointing 2005 campaign.

Updated: April 25, 2006, 4:20 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to
It became an offseason ritual for Boise State offensive coordinator Chris Petersen to debate chicken-or-egg riddles with Dan Hawkins, the team's philosopher/head coach. One question they often asked was, "How do we keep things the same but shake them up?"

Neither man objected to these discussions. All successful coaches have them. But their goal of finding new ways to inspire a group of front-runners became harder with each passing winter.

Until this past one.