The New Assistants

NU started this Spring with 3 new assistant coaches. <br> <br> daCoach has his first impressions...

So what about these 3 new Assistant Coaches?
Now that I've had a chance to watch them in action, I'm pretty impressed.

First off is the new D-Line Coach, Eric Washington.

NU PhotoHad to replace an assistant who had coached some of NU's great linebackers, and who had a linebacker - in your face style. His guys had to be tough, as they were Frosh among upper classmen his last 2 years.

Defensive Coordinator Greg Colby told me that Washington, is more of a technician - He wants his guys to step right, use the right moves in their rush. I noticed that he gets down right behind the linemen in some of the drills to see what they see. He's short-handed, with a couple of guys wearing orange shirts, but the rush seemed to be there.

He appears laid back until he gets on the field with his players, but he's almost as intense as Fitz on the sidelines.

Wide Receiver Coach Garrick McGee.

NU SportsOC Mike Dunbar has said that McGee already knows his style and the system. Its obvious that he's worried about how "tight" the receivers run their routes, and in all the drills he's constantly slapping at the ball, or "chucking" the players.

McGee seems very quiet, but he's always watching, and correcting. I'd hate to have to run routes for him, or if he's working as a defensive back -- his hands were flying at the receivers any time they had the ball within 2 feet of him.

For what its worth, the WR corps seemed to be a little more accurate on their routes already. One receiver stumbled on a cut and still made the catch in the right place at the right time. No sloppy routes under McGee folks.

Running Back Coach Kevin Johns

NU PhotoEveryone knows Johns, he was a grad assistant at NU prior to taking an assistant's job at Richmond.

He already knows the Randy Walker/Mike Dunbar system and he's doing a lot more than just working with the Running Backs.

Walker has him involved in some of the special teams work -- punt and kickoff returns, etc. while he's shepherding the 3 RBs. I saw him involved in some of the drills where backs are working hitting the right holes, even though the drills were primarily designed to help the linemen.

Of all the new assistants, it seems that he's got the easiest assignment mentoring two backs with a lot of experience, but he's also got to help them continue to improve, and will have 3 brand new guys to teach come August. And there's the Head Coach, who wasn't a slacker at RB looking over his shoulder.
So anyway, my first impressions are pretty favorable. We'll see how well the guys are doing in the Spring game, how well everyone improves, with a final evaluation coming in the Fall.

If you get out to watch the practices, you tell me on the boards, but IMHO --

So far, so good.

-- da Coach

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Now that I've had a chance to watch them in action, I'm pretty impressed.

First off is the new

Had to replace an assistant who had coached some of NU's great linebackers, and who had a linebacker - in your face style. His guys had to be tough, as they were Frosh among upper classmen his last 2 years.

Defensive Coordinator told me that Washington, is more of a technician - He wants his guys to step right, use the right moves in their rush. I noticed that he gets down right behind the linemen in some of the drills to see what they see. He's short-handed, with a couple of guys wearing orange shirts, but the rush seemed to be there.

He appears laid back until he gets on the field with his players, but he's almost as intense as Fitz on the sidelines.


OC has said that already knows his style and the system. Its obvious that he's worried about how \"tight\" the receivers run their routes, and in all the drills he's constantly slapping at the ball, or \"chucking\" the players.

McGee seems very quiet, but he's always watching, and correcting. I'd hate to have to run routes for him, or if he's working as a defensive back -- his hands were flying at the receivers any time they had the ball within 2 feet of him.

For what its worth, the WR corps seemed to be a little more accurate on their routes already. One receiver stumbled on a cut and still made the catch in the right place at the right time. No sloppy routes under McGee folks.



Everyone knows Johns, he was a grad assistant at NU prior to taking an assistant's job at Richmond.

He already knows the Randy Walker/Mike Dunbar system and he's doing a lot more than just working with the Running Backs.

Walker has him involved in some of the special teams work -- punt and kickoff returns, etc. while he's shepherding the 3 RBs. I saw him involved in some of the drills where backs are working hitting the right holes, even though the drills were primarily designed to help the linemen.

Of all the new assistants, it seems that he's got the easiest assignment mentoring two backs with a lot of experience, but he's also got to help them continue to improve, and will have 3 brand new guys to teach come August. And there's the Head Coach, who wasn't a slacker at RB looking over his shoulder.
So anyway, my first impressions are pretty favorable. We'll see how well the guys are doing in the Spring game, how well everyone improves, with a final evaluation coming in the Fall.

If you get out to watch the practices, you tell me on the boards, but IMHO --

So far, so good.

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