Ask coach Baird

Two weeks down and the Dawgs are a respectable 1-1 thus far. Washington is showing that they can run the football, now they need to show that they can play four quarters of solid football and beat a beatable Fresno State team. And now, on to your letters. . . .


From John Edwards
Coach Baird,
: Thanks Coach... by the way, love your show on KJR... I am very optimistic about the future of the football program... we just need to stick with Ty thru these transition years until he get the talent to compete... but I really see the Fresno State game as the pivotal point for the season...will set the tone for the year I think.

A: You look very good on this point (grin). I agree, this week will be huge in the turnaround if they can win it. It sets them up for a run at a bowl game nicely.
From Mike Mathisen
Coach Baird,
: have heard you rave about Roy Lewis as a player and JD Williams as a coach. What is going on with the secondary? They are making all Americans out of the opposing QB's. I have heard that the Pac 10 can throw it around a little bit. At this rate there will be several teams with over 400 passing yards against Washington which is plain ugly. Well, let's beat Fresno and get it going.

A: I am disappointed for Roy but not in Roy. I know he realizes he hasn't played as well as he can yet this season. Both he and Dashon have struggled so far but I sincerely believe they can play a lot better. The back end of the defense is indeed a problem area and there is no doubt the most important area for the defense to improve in. Right now, Roy, Dashon, and Matt are the only players they have ready to play on the corner. They simply have to step up their games in order for this defense to be any good. They have got to get their confidence and swagger going in order to give the Huskies a chance to blitz the quarterback. He is a good player and people need to know that a breakdown in the passing defense is not always the corners. Most importantly it is the rush, then the linebackers, and then the secondary. Coach Williams is a good coach and I stand on that. I think you are right that they will have to get better on the back-end or else it will be a long year in this pass happy league. .
From Ken Franek
Coach Baird,
: I don't understand why moving Jordan White Frisbee to the OL will make it easier on his foot. Please explain the taught behind this decision.

A: I happen to agree with the move and can only believe that he will be a really solid NFL prospect as an offensive linemen. When the current 3 seniors graduate from the OL then he will be ready to step in and could have two years there. Foot wise, there isn't as much stress on the foot because offensive linemen don't run as much as defensive linemen. There is more pushing but less pounding for offensive linemen. Besides he is really strong in the upper body and that helps for effective holding. From the team depth standpoint it looks like a great move.
From Brian Sleight
Coach Baird,
: After watching the first two games, Isaiah has not been accurate on his throws. He never seems to hit a receiver in stride (if he hits them at all). Can we expect his accuracy to improve over the course of the season or is it too late in his career to expect much improvement?

A: I can promise you that nobody wants Isaiah to improve more than he himself. He doesn't want to miss passes or drop the football and I'm confident he his going to improve in his throws. What a lot of people don't remember is that the speed of the game itself cannot be duplicated in practice. Staying calm with game speed is critical to quarterback play. I agree with Coach Willingham's assessment that he was out of sync in the Oklahoma game. I think he would be better off to think run more because that is his greatest talent. He is faster than defenders but that's just my opinion. Hopefully he will be greatly improved in the Fresno State game.
Dawgman.com columnist and KJR 950 Sports Radio personality, Dick Baird.
Dick Baird was an Assistant Coach (Linebackers) and Recruiting Coordinator at the UW from 1985-1998. He has joined the Dawgman.com staff as a featured columnist for both the web site and Sports Washington magazine. In addition to his regular editorial columns, Coach Baird will try to provide some of his unique perspective by answering a few of your selected questions online. If you would like to send in your questions, please CLICK HERE.


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