Leach dishes on his role as OC and QB coach

MIKE LEACH IS more than the head coach at Washington State. He's also the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, he tells Cougfan.com.

Cougar quarterbacks under Leach figure to get a lot more work on the fundamentals.

The Cougs' last two quarterbacks coaches, Todd Sturdy and Timm Rosenbach, didn't work on fundamentals as much as they did scheme, film work, play execution and repetition.

With the new pirate in town, footwork, hip turn, elbow position at release, and more will be a regular part of the teaching process.

Every practice the quarterbacks will spend time with the fundamental mechanics of their position, Leach says. When you sweat over all the little details, they eventually build and coalesce into big results, he said.

"It's also a combination of film and work on the field," he adds. "You start out individually and then start to expand that -- you add a receiver to the mix. Then you add several receivers, then defensive backs and then more of the defense -- you try to teach in small pieces.

"Precision on the individual level is important, and then you add more pieces. The more pieces, the bigger margin of error is possible. It takes time and hard work."

WSU HAS YET TO OFFICIALLY announce any of Leach's staff hires, and Leach himself declined to comment on Joe Salave'a visit to Pullman yesterday or the FootballScoop.com reports about Mike Smith and Paul Volero joining him in Pullman. But all that figures to change in a matter of days, he says.

"Some of it is still up in the air, there are bowl games going on that affect it all. By early next week that should be clarified," said Leach.

CF.C will have more information from our interview with Leach in the coming days.

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