Don Horton was regarded as one of the nation's best offensive line coaches, so switching Horton and Bridge was a bit surprising. However, it wasn't a big change for Bridge, who had coached offensive line previously at The Citadel and Eastern Michigan.
"It's not like it's a major position switch," said Bridge. "The tight ends are huge blockers in our offense, and I've coached offensive line in several places.
"It's not like I'm moving into a foreign country, but the biggest difference is that when you're coaching five guys at one time you do have to coach them differently. There are five times as many things happening at the position as opposed to one or two. It's five times more involved, and with that being said you have to communicate to offensive linemen differently than you would tight ends."
Even though Bridge had experience coaching the position, he admitted it was huge knowing he could walk down the hall and bounce some ideas off Horton... and Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien. Like Horton, O'Brien is known for his work on the assisant level with offensive linemen.
"It's been huge for me to learn the trade from some tremendous offensive line coaches, some of the best in the game," said Bridge. "I've been really blessed to learn the game from those guys. I can tell you that I'm not any of them, I'm a compilation of all those great people that I've been fortunate enough to work for. I can't be Coach O'Brien, because he's Coach O'Brien and I'm Jim Bridge. I can be Jim Bridge who learned valuable lessons from all these great coaches.
"The best part of our staff is that when it comes to offensive line, one of the greatest things is there a tremendous research and reference book down the hall. He's got everything in his head, and he can give us advice. It's really great to have Coach O'Brien for those reasons."
Bridge inherited a unit last year that had multiple multi-year starters and quality experience across the board, and that is even more the case this season with the Wolfpack returning six linemen who have multiple starts under their belts.
One area that he has tabbed a priority is off-the-field camaraderie. Bridge wants his group to work well together on the field and he believes the lines of communication must be opened at all times.
"I think that's huge," Bridge said of camaraderie. "One of the things you have to get accomplished is you have to see the game through the same set of eyes. If we're doing that chances are we're going to be successful. They have to really be involved with each other.
"We have the guys over at our house for dinner several times a year. The guys enjoy being around my family because it gets them into a family setting. They shoot baskets with my kids, and they're allowed a traditional family structure."
"That's part of my job when they are away from home," Bridge added. "There is a lot involved in this that goes beyond Xs and Os and techniques. Often times there are only three people paying attention to the offensive line: me, Coach O'Brien and their mothers'. We have a lot of fun together, we work hard together. I truly believe we're the hardest working group on the team."