Dawg Blog - Cal (UPDATED 10/9 1:15 PM)

Who knows what's going to happen this weekend! In a league where national passing records were set, Hail Marys were once again answered, and both LA-based teams lost at home, anything is possible. It's time for Washington (4-1, 0-1) to answer the bell off a bye against the California Golden Bears (4-1, 2-1) Saturday at 3 pm at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium. TV is through the Pac-12 Networks.

Thursday:
1:15 pm
A View From Bear Territory
Thursday:
11:00 am
Chris Petersen Video
Wednesday:
11:24 am
Deontae Cooper Video
Wednesday:
11:23 am
John Ross Video
Wednesday:
11:22 am
Travis Feeney Video
Wednesday:
11:22 am
Brent Pease Video
Wednesday:
11:20 am
Jonathan Smith Video
Tuesday:
5:07 pm
Cal Weekly Football Media Release - UW
Tuesday:
5:07 pm
Cal Depth Chart Announced for UW
Tuesday:
11:23 am
Jaydon Mickens Video
Tuesday:
11:22 am
Jeff Choate Video
Tuesday:
11:22 am
Shaq Thompson Video
Tuesday:
11:21 am
Pete Kwiatkowski Video
Monday
5:30 pm
Complete Coach Pete Show Notes - Cal
The show opens up with Bob talking about going on the road to play Cal. Lots of fans with Seahawks jerseys on at the RAM, getting ready to watch SEA-WASH. Division leaders in the Pac-12 North are the Cal Golden Bears, coming off a bizarre 60-59 win. Quite a weekend to have a bye.

Pete said it was nice to enjoy football like normal people, and watch everyone else sweat and stress. Has been saying from the start that the Pac-12 is as balanced as it's ever been. Cal is one hail mary away from being undefeated. In any given week you just don't know.

Bob talked about Arizona beating Oregon - big applause. They are the only undefeated team in the league now. Last week was one where every visiting team won. Pete said he hopes that continues this coming weekend. He said the money has changed everything in terms of parity. Everybody has good coaches. He knows a lot of the staffs, and everybody knows what they are doing. Everyone has good facility and are getting good players. So as long as you can develop them and allow them to grow, everything changes.

Bob mentioned how many top teams lost - pretty historic weekend. He mentioned how disciplined Stanford was against UW, and thought that would happen against ND, but they broke down. Pete said that was the only play he saw of the game and wondered how that happened.

Bob brings the show back in talking about both Cal and UW 4-1, but Cal 2-1 in conference, UW 0-1. What did the Dawgs get done during the bye week? Pete said time flew by fast. Practiced a couple times, worked on a couple things, watched a lot of tape on themselves, watched tape on Cal, recruited a lot, and had a good practice today.

Bob said he talked to Colin Tanigawa, and talked about how this past week was about looking in the mirror. Pete agreed. Have to get more detailed and more precise. If they don't, they will struggle.

Bob talked about Pete's comment earlier Monday about how teams don't get dramatically different from week to week. Pete said it's a process, and hopefully over time that dramatic difference takes hold. You never arrive. You're just trying to get better. Sounds corny, but that's what it is. Have to take care of our own business, our own details.

Bob asked Pete about what goes on in a self-scout. Pete said they look at everything. Red zone, third down, first down. Said sometimes we can get caught in the minutiae. Sometimes just put on full games just to make sure it looks right, make sure there's enough variety.

Bob mentioned Pete's comment about how stats are for losers, went back to Stanford game and working with Cyler and the offense during the bye week. Pete said everyone wants to point fingers at the QB, but it's everyone when it's not going well. And Stanford plays good defense. Cyler is working hard. Only as good as our last game and hopefully that means a big chip on the shoulder and motivation to get better. But all aspects of the offense need to improve. His best throw of the day was a pass on third and nine dropped. All in it together, takes everyone.

Bob brings the show back talking about how great the Seattle weather is. Pete said he's still wondering why all the hubbub about the weather, it's been great.

Bob plays a cutup of the DL making a play on Kevin Hogan. One of the sack leaders in the country. Introduces DL Coach/ST Coordinator Jeff Choate to big applause. He said it's the players, not the coaching. Inherited some great players who have become very productive. They need to continue that high level of play.

Bob asked Choate about the Cal-WSU game - He said that UW has Cal's attention with their pass rush. On third down they have to 'go get paid', meaning get to the QB.

Bob asked Choate about Danny Shelton, speaking of guys getting paid. Leading UW in tackling right now. Choate said that doesn't happen. He's matured and taken that next step in his preparation and his fitness. Can get creative with him and Hauoli Kikaha. No mystery - he's put in a ton of work and everybody is reaping the benefits.

Bob asked Pete why bring in Choate? - Pete said he's the fireball, the energizer bunny. Said he's always in front of the team, probably more than Pete is. He's always talking to all the special teamers. With 18 defensive linemen, that's enough on the plate, but to do ST too, that takes a lot of energy and passion - and Choate has it. He also said that guys like Danny and Hauoli have taken that next step in part because they've taken so well to the coaching and have bought totally in.

Bob gave a Choate bio - Grew up in Idaho, played at Montana Western. Said they had some classes in the rodeo arena there. Choate said the best thing about Western Montana is that he went there because he knew he wanted to become a coach, and he was around some incredible coaches. Got into high school coaching for 8 years. Also AD, VP at high school. Then went to Montana State under Mick Dennehy. Then coached in Illinois, and then got the call to Boise State that changed his life.

Pete said one of the things he really gravitated to Jeff about, you could see his high school background come through. Didn't matter where he would coach; a master teacher can coach anything. And Jeff has the qualities that make him a master teacher.

Bob said he didn't want to ask about the VP part; Choate said that was all about discipline.

Bob brings the show back asking Jeff Choate about how Cal will throw things at UW they haven't seen all season. Choate said Cal is committed to their run game with Lasco. He's been key to balancing things out from them. Goff is great, and their WR corps is really good too.

Bob said it hasn't been the smoothest ride for Sonny Dykes, but he's settling in. Choate said year two is when the kids really soak it all in and make a big jump.

Bob asked Choate about his time in the SEC with Florida and how it compares to UW. He said when he was there, the SEC is a line of scrimmage league. The Pac-12 is a perimeter league. There are better skill players in the Pac-12, more spread out. He also said the geography of the Pac-12 makes it a tougher league. If you're in LA and you have to come to Seattle in November - advantage UW. But very little weather difference in the SEC.

Bob talked about Alabama, TAMU going down, the rise of the Mississippi schools...must have been interesting to watch. Jeff said to be honest, the Mississippi stuff doesn't surprise him. They've been collecting top talent for a few years now. But definitely unique games to watch, but the stuff out west was equally nuts. Also watched the playoff baseball game that went 18 innings. Crazy.

Bob talked about Cal running back to back kickoffs for TD's, WSU's ST coach fired today because of all the snafu's. Choate said special teams plays are long plays. Need smart guys to play ST, because the longer the play, the smarter you have to be to make good decisions. Keep the ball inside and in front, give the rest a chance to pursue. Also good kick, good cover. Number 9 is a good returner, but every team has good returners. Mentioned Ishmael Adams and Ty Montgomery.

Bob asked Pete about how they work ST together. Pete said it's championship football. It has to go with being a good team, buying all in, using great players. It's so fundamentally based, but no one came here to be on special teams. He really enjoys it, and playing championship football means playing championship special teams.

Bob asked Choate what kind of player he looks for. Jeff said he remembers Dick Vermeil was the first ST coach hired in the NFL, and they had a prototype for the perfect ST player - always want the biggest, fastest guys possible, but they also have to be the smartest. The more guys they can have buy in to special teams, the more it spills over to the rest of the team.

Bob asked if he's coached a player faster than John Ross - and Choate said not many. Have to figure out lots of ways to get him the ball. And have to avoid making mistakes to take big returns off the board. Have to err on the side of being aggressive but also have to be smart. Do a better job of moving feet and getting in proper position to coach the flags out of the returns.

Bob brought the show back talking about the Cal game being the first of eight-straight games for UW. The Hawaii game meant UW is the only school in the conference that only gets one bye. Pete said it would be great to have another bye in a month, but it's going to be a real grind. He mentioned how playoffs can just add to the grind. Only four-team playoff now, but he would like to see an eight-team playoff. Such a physical game, you'd have to cut down the regular season and the money pot from an eight-team tournament would be massive. Then he talked about having five years of eligibility, regardless of if you redshirted or not. Need as many bodies as you can. If they are that invested in student-athlete welfare, this is what you should do.

Bob talked about getting guys back healthy. Anyone? Kevin King got ill versus Stanford, working him back in. Saying the same thing about Ben Riva. He's practicing, but have to get him back in the mix. Josh Perkins is healthy and ready to go. He was ready last week, but other guys got the reps last week in practice. But he's back in the mix now.

Bob asked about the TE's and how they are on pace for 19-20 season catches. Pete said ASJ was so good in the red zone, they'd just throw it up even if he was covered. It's easier when you have such a special player, you just throw it up there and something good happens. But they have to get the TE's the ball more.

Bob brought the show back talking Cal kickoff at 3 pm Saturday. Cal last three games...strange ones, very exciting. Lose on hail mary in Tucson. Win 59-56 in OT against CU, then 60-59 over WSU. Scored 164, given up 164. Pete said the defense is going to have to slow them down somehow. Seen them for a long time. Dykes' staff at Louisiana Tech, so they know what they are all about. They do some great stuff.

Bob asked about the secondary youth. Pete said there comes a point where you aren't a freshman. Think they are working hard. Likes Sidney Jones, Budda Baker, Naijiel Hale and Darren Gardenhire. It's such a different game than five years ago. Stanford is the anomaly. Spread is more of what you're going to see. Need more speed and more guys need to cover.

Goff with 22 TD's, only eight sacks given how many times they throw. Pete said that might be the most impressive staff. They have a big offensive line, but Goff will hang in there and find spaces and plays in the pocket with poise. He doesn't flinch, will throw the ball downfield with accuracy instead of checking down.

Bob said the DL needs to come up big. Pete said they need to score points. They are all in it together. If they return two kickoffs against UW, they are in trouble. Watching them Saturday, he went to bed thinking - this is what we have to deal with?

Bob said Cal has gone from cellar dweller last year to top of the North now. They have to be feeling good. He wishes Pete good luck and also gives a couple shouts out to Marshawn Lynch and Brandon Mebane to have good games for the Seahawks (no mention of Jermaine Kearse!).

End of show.
Monday
3:17 pm
UW Weekly Football Release - Cal
Monday
3:17 pm
UW Depth Chart Announced for Cal
Monday
2:13 pm
Chris Petersen Video


Monday
12:39 pm
Colin Tanigawa Video


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