Former Cal defensive coordinator Bob Gregory took a defensive assistant job at Boise State and California quickly hired Clancy Pendergast from the Oakland Raiders to become their new DC. The Bears for the last few seasons have run a 3-4 defense under Gregory and did a good job in recruiting LB's in the last two recruiting classes. Pendergast has experience with the 3-4 defense and the Bears have a very good LB in Michael Mohamed (112 Tackles) and incoming freshmen LB's Keenan Allen and Chris Martin should contribute in 2010. Although Gregory and Pendergast both coach the 3-4, the Bear's defense will be different this upcoming season. Pendergast stated,"We want to play smart, tough and aggressive." There is a strong possibility that California will play more man-to-man defense and call more blitzes. Under Gregory Cal played a lot of zone last season.
Last season Cal's defense gave up 25.5 PPG. The Bears gave up 3.3 yards per carry. California was ranked 7th in scoring defense in the Pac Ten and they were ranked 9th in passing defense in the conference. Those numbers must improve under new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast next season. If Cal improves defensively they will have a shot at contending for the Pac Ten Title. Pendergrast's defenses with the Arizona Cardinals were known for creating turnovers and Jeff Tedford is hopping Clancy can bring that aspect to the Bear's defense.