What more do you have to do as co-defensive coordinator? “For the last five years that I’ve been with Coach Petersen, we’ve been really doing the same thing. I control a lot of the pass game, third down, red zone. So now he’s giving me the title to what I’ve been doing. We all work together really good on defense. Coach Kwiatkowski is a really good defensive coordinator. He continues to call the plays and he leans on me with any pass stuff, third down stuff, and red zone issues.”
How difficult is it to get all the guys reps? “I’m looking down at my script and making sure everybody gets in there. It’s also what any coach in America would want. You want depth. You want to be able to sit guys that have played a lot of reps, get some younger guys some looks. One guy gets banged up, you can put another guy in and it’s really nice to have. It makes it a little more difficult on me. I have to make sure I read my script, make sure I get the right guys in there. But it’s an awesome problem to have.”
On communication improvement “Big time. What’s awesome is the older guys get to teach the younger guys. So not just hearing it from one mouth. Now the older guys can coach the younger guys. While I’m coaching somebody else up, Budda (Baker) is coaching this guy up, Sidney (Jones) is coaching this up, Kevin (King) coaches this guy up. It just continually breeds this understanding throughout the secondary.”
On Jordan Miller opening eyes “Yeah he is. He led us in interceptions this spring and he’s playing inside at nickel and also playing corner. He’s currently tied atop a crowded leaderboard right now for interceptions in camp. I’m real happy for him. He’s put on some weight. He loves football, asks really intelligent questions, and you can tell he’s all in.”
Jojo McIntosh likes to hit doesn’t he? “He does. He loves to hit. We had to lower his strike zone to make sure we don’t lose him for a game with the targeting penalty, but I would rather try to hold him back than make the guys bite. And Jojo (McIntosh) you definitely have to hold back because he wants to hit everything in sight.
The leadership in his room “I guess we’ll see that come down the line once the season gets rolling. But right now with the leadership of Kevin King, obviously a senior who has played a lot of football around here, and also Brandon Beaver who’s a senior. Hayden Schuh does it a lot for us. He’s been around here for now three years. He’s a senior, older guy, the guys look up to him. He does a heck of a job on all our scout team stuff and he’s going be a special teams guy for us. They all get a long. They understand that we have a very, very talented room. I told them the very first night that I have a very difficult problem; I have to make sure everybody gets on the field and everyone feels a part of it. I told them that’s on my shoulders and they understand that. It’s a competitive room right now and we’ll see as we move forward. I’m hoping for big things for these guys and I hope all of them get a lot of reps.”