Coach's Corner

You got to hand it to Washington Athletic Director, Scott Woodward. He identified the best program in the conference, the USC Trojans (not hard to do), and pilfered both their coordinators. And while he was at it he added the offensive coordinator and line coach from Cal who just happens to be the best rushing team in the conference. Not a bad start.

When Nick Holt came on board as Washington's newest Defensive Coordinator it was almost too good to be true. As a coach, I think Nick Holt is a younger version of Jim Lambright, who is arguably the greatest Husky defensive coach of all time. Like Lambo, Holt is an ex-linebacker and a very serious coach. He is a bulldog with intense eyes and a passion for defense. He knows what he's in for and understands the challenge. It won't take long for the Husky defenders to get the message.

Holt wears it on his sleeve. He doesn't try to cover up his zeal, he embraces it openly. He's here for the right reasons and what he is getting paid is both fair and market value. It's not like he has to be the Savior like what has been said about Jake Locker. That moniker and responsibility now belongs to Steve Sarkisian, but Nick knows he has to change some attitudes and bring back the attack approach: Attack the day, attack the offense, attack the ball, attack each play, each game, each challenge with the same intensity.

In other words - Bring It.

Holt will try and do what Ed Donatell, Kent Baer, Phil Snow and Tim Hundley couldn't do, and that was mold the Huskies back into the defensive juggernaut they used to be in the 80's and 90's. He doesn't have to be a Jim Lambright or a Pete Carroll or any of those other guys. He just needs to do things exactly like he has been doing them for the past five years in the same conference and the players will do the rest.

He needs to just keep his own fire burning and these kids will follow him through a wall. They want to make it work more than anyone. Besides, I think he knows there is a nucleus of pretty good players to build around who now have the experience of playing at this level. He needs to get all them to play hard like Daniel Te'o-Nesheim does and to do it for four quarters. He needs to help them to become better tacklers by practicing it more. He needs to get them to create more turnovers through all-out hustle to the ball. He needs to get them to win games on defense, be tough, and get better on a daily basis.

He knows what he has to do and he's already doing it.


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