Drinkwitz: "I'm Very Excited"

Here is a video feature, courtesy of NC State athletics, with Wolfpack offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz where he discusses what his goal will be for the offense moving forward and much more.

Opening Statement
I'm excited to be here. This is a great place.  Coach Doeren has been very welcoming so far and it's great to be a part of Wolfpack Nation or whatever we're going to call it.  I'm going to learn it and be ready to say it.

What kind of offense will NC State have?
There's three things we strongly believe in our offense. We're going to be able to control the tempo of the game.  We're going to be able to play as fast as anybody in the country and be a no-huddle football team, but we'll also be able to control it.

We're going to be an attacking style... we're going to attack the defense for four quarters, and it's going to start with a physical, downhill running game. We're going to be able to throw the ball vertically down the field, and we're going to have those tricks that everybody gets excited about, double-passes and all that... reverses.

It's going to look very different than what we've seen here before, and there will be some similarities too.  It's going to be an exciting brand of football, and we're going to be committed to fundamentals.

Uptempo spread, it seems it might stand the test of time...
Football is cyclical and it always comes down to execution. We're going to be able to run the football. It's not going to be a spread, finesse football team.  It's going to be a downhill, run the football, and we'll be able to attack teams that way.

I'm very excited and can't wait to get started with our guys.

Do you prefer a dual-threat?
The beautiful thing about this offense is it's a system, and we're going to play to our player's strengths.   Whoever is the quarterback, whatever he does well, that's what we're going to do.

The very first year at Arkansas State we had a dual-threat quarterback in Adam Kennedy. Last year at Boise State we had a dual-threat quarterback in Grant Hedrick. This year Bret Rypien took over and he's a pocket guy so the offense fit to his strengths.  

It's a quarterback-driven offense. That's the most important thing to understand. Whatever his strengths are, that's what we're going to do.  If we have Peyton Manning and he wants to come here, we'll make sure the offense fits his skillset. If we have Philip Rivers and his skillset here, we'll point in that direction. If Russell Wilson comes back, we'll point it in that direction very easily. 

We're not going to turn away great players because of one style or another.

Both are tremendous players in the NFL, and both went to NC State.  I can't wait to meet them, and let them teach me a little football.

How do you implement the offense?
We're going to spend the next couple of weeks recruiting, but we'll make sure it's as friendly to them as possible.  If there's something in the old system that was called this we'll see if it applies and if not  we'll start at the base.

One of the best things about this for me is I've been able to install this system at three different places so it's not new for me to do that. I know how to strip it down to our DNA and we're going to lay the foundation first then start adding on it.

You start at the bottom with the DNA and commit to the fundamentals.

How did you get into coaching?
My parents wanted me to be a lawyer...  I wanted to use sports as an avenue to affect young men.

Ten years ago I was the seventh grade coach at Alma Middle School and I thought that was the best job. As the Lord has blessed me I've been able to take more jobs... I'm blessed to be at NC State and to be a part of Wolfpack Nation... it wasn't a blip on my radar screen and this has happened.  

You're talking to a guy who ten years ago was coaching middle school football and now I feel like I have the best job in the world as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NC State.

What caught your attention when coach Doeren first reached out to you?
Wow... NC State... North Carolina State, ACC... coach Doeren's winning past. I knew him from Northern Illinois, when I was transitioning to Arkansas State, Northern Illinois was playing Arkansas State in the bowl game.

Something that makes me tick is going somewhere and doing something that hasn't been done in a long time. At Arkansas State, we won the first bowl game in school history.  At Boise State last year we won the first Mountain West conference championship in school history.

So the opportunity to come here and do something... I don't know what that is yet, but as a staff we'll get together and figure out what that goal is. We'll work 365 to make sure it happens.


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