Meet new OC Tim Lappano (Part I)

Tim Lappano was released by the 49ers when Dennis Erickson and his staff was let go. It didn't take Lappano long to hit the ground running, and he didn't stop until he wound up on Montlake Boulevard.

"I really wanted to get back into coaching college," Lappano told Kim Grinolds of after his 49er job came to an end.

"I have two young boys. I've been to a lot of place and worked for a lot of good people, but it's time for my kids to get some stability."

Lappano had made stops at Washington State, Purdue, and Oregon State prior to his NFL gig. He is thrilled to be back in the collegiate ranks, and even happier to be back in his home state.

And what better place to come back to than Seattle, just five hours from his home town of Spokane?

"This is a great opportunity, and I knew that they needed an offensive coordinator here. I have 13 years of experience as a coordinator, so I immediately got my updated resume to Coach Willingham and didn't hear anything for a while I finally heard from him and now I'm excited to show what I can do."

Lappano remembers well his days of designing offenses to go against Jim Lambright's best stopping units from Washington.

"I went against the UW when they were in their heyday, back when they won the national championship. I remember staying up the first two nights of that week not necessarily figuring out how you were going to beat them, but how to even get yardage against them. Those Lambright defenses were very tough to throw and run against."

And now Lappano finds himself with an office in the Graves Annex building in the shadows of the north deck of Husky Stadium.

"Seattle is one of the best cities in the United States. We can get this thing going again. We can win here."

And Lappano feels the turn around will be much sooner rather than later.

"I don't think we're a star away. Chris Tormey and Randy Hart were here when they won the national championship, and they don't feel we're far away. The talent here is good, but it may not be in the right places yet," said Lappano.

"I don't want to hear that we're going to build this thing in three or four years. We want to win right now, and to do that we have to get our people in the right places. We owe it to our kids to win now."

Lappano feels that he'll be able to meld what he learned in the NFL in the West Coast offense with the one-back attack he perfected in the college game to create a complete offense.

"The combination of what I learned under Ted Tollner and the west coast offense, along with the success we had throwing the ball under Dennis Erickson and Joe Tiller, will serve us well here," said Lappano.

"I learned how important it is to be able to run the football. When you can stretch out the field successfully, and then get into a two-back or two tight-end set and run the ball successfully, you can be devastating. You will be very hard to deal with."

Look for a lot of shifts, motion, and some no-huddle from Washington next year. "I think the more looks we give the defense, the more we have to make them prepare for different formations and personnel groups, the more difficult we'll be to defend. Those are some of the things I bring," said Lappano.

Some folks never embraced the one back offenses in Pullman, West Lafayette, and Corvallis. The purists never felt that a one-back offense could be punishing enough. Lappano has a reply for those pundits.

"I do NOT want to be known as a finesse offense. We will run the ball and we will use two backs. I want a fullback at times to lead a power running game, to go with some one back."

Lappano continued. "When I interviewed for this job, I interviewed in front of the defensive staff because the offensive coaches weren't here yet. And to be honest, they loved what they heard and felt that we would be difficult to defend. When we can stretch the field vertically and THEN get into two backs and run the ball physically, we'll be hard to stop."

END OF PART I - Part II will air tomorrow Top Stories