To be clear... I am not trying to refute or argue with you. I liked the fact that you introduced some additional variables.Defensive efficiency is a measure of points given up per possession. It does not matter if you're "gritty" on defense if you're giving up a lot of points. That gritty team from last year was ranked 142nd on defense, next to last in the B1G. That's something that rhymes with gritty meaning akin to excrement.
The point should not be to be merely gritty, but actually effective. The numbers do not lie.
You asked what they were aiming for and I simply provided the word that Johnson used to describe their play. I followed by saying that this year's squad has yet to show that grit. With Thorson on staff, I expected this year's team to perform better defensively. Let's see if they can pull it together.