Interview: Buddy Green

Buddy Green has become a fixture at Navy, serving as the defensive coordinator for the last seven years. GoMids.com spoke with Green earlier this week.

While Navy's high-flying triple-option gets most of the attention, Green and his charges have done a great job on defense, and have been an integral part of the Midshipmen's rise to prominence.

GM: How excited are you with preseason right around the corner?

Green: We're ready to get out of these offices where we have been meeting, Guys have been here since the summer. We've had a great summer of workouts and we are anxious to get going. It's great to see all the guys.

GM: What are your expectations for the defense this year?

Green: Number one is to improve at every position and find depth as quick as we can in preseason camp. Make sure we are solid at all positions. Be fundamentally sound, and one goal off the bat, is that we report in great shape. We had a lot of plebes get action last year and we are a year older.

GM: Last year, the 'D' got off to a tough start. How proud of you were about how well the unit rebounded?

Green: I was proud of how well we fought. We faced a lot of adversity. Early in the year, we lost some of our key guys. By game four, we lost about the whole secondary. I think back to the Notre Dame we had three plebes out their on the last drive. Guys shuffled in and out of the lineup with injuries. But we still came to play and I'm happy the way we finished.

GM: What's your mentality on defense? Green: Number one is that we play hard, every ball game, every snap. We got to play with great technique and be fundamentally sound. We have to have tremendous effort every time we step on the field. It's critical.

GM: Who are some players you are expecting big things from on defense?

Green: Nate Frazier at nose (guard) was young last year and he will be a junior. Michael Walsh is another guy as the year went on last year. Matt Nechak at defensive end. He's gone from linebacker to defensive end and back and forth. But he's found a home. He had a real good spring. A guy who had as good a year as anyone is Wyatt Middleton (soph.) in the secondary. Knock on wood, but Rashawn King (cornerback) comes back after his shoulder surgery. He had a great year as a sophomore and was on track to do the same thing last year before he got hurt. Blake Carter (cornerback), first time starter last year, and he got better. Little more older and a little more experienced.

GM: Last year was tough, throwing all the young guys into the fire, but how much does that experience help their development?

Green: The last few years we've had success and we've had mostly seniors and juniors in the lineup. Last year was the first year we had so many young guys in there because of injuries. We still are going to be young, we still have a lot of youth across the board. But that experience is going to help any player. I'm excited to see what they do this year.


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