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January 31, 2008 at 1:16 PM

More from Donatell

Here is our on-line story on the official hiring today of Ed Donatell as UW’s new defensive coordinator.
And here are a few other quotes from his teleconference:
On excitement over the job (he’s in Atlanta at the moment): “I wish I was there in person to let you know how excited I am to come back to the University and be part of their football program. It’s a dream come true.”
On his coaching style during practice: “There will be times I will be walking around to different drills but I’ll also be involved with certain positions. … When I started at (UW) with Don James that’s something you get in your foundation that you are going to be on the move, hustling and coaching with energy. That’s something I have always carried through with my coaching.”
On working at UW under James in 1981 and 82: “As a young guy, this was the only place I wanted to be in the world. If you could have told me I could come right here (for the rest of his career) I would have done it. It was good for me to go out for a little while. I got to see a lot of things, it’s been a heck of an education. It’s gotten me prepared to (come back). I was back and looked at the place and it hasn’t changed. It’s a great university, a tremendous place to live.”
On how he heard about the job: “He (Tyrone Willingham) sought me out. He gave me a call. People hear you are available in the networking system. I spent a week with Pete Carroll at spring ball last year and renewed my interest in being with young people and had a great time.” (To expand on that, Donatell has worked with Carroll for six years and said he considers Carroll his mentor. After being fired by the Falcons after the 2006 season he worked as a special assistant with the Jets. But he also had time to spend a week with USC and visit with Carroll).
On being away from the college game since 1990: “The most important thing is that people are people/ It’s a people business. You are going to have to communicate, have to teach. Being a defensive coach, we spend our whole life adapting and adjusting and that’s not going to change. So I’m a student of the game, that will never change. … It’s not like I’ve been away from the game. I’ve been evaluating these players for the NFL for a lot of years, so you do see things changing and adjusting.”
On what he did with the Jets in 2007: “I was special assistant to Eric Mangini and Bob Sutton, their (defensive) coordinator. What I really did was I went up and got my PHD in the 3-4 defense. I’ve been a one-gape 4-3 coach primarily most all of my career. After my tenure with the Falcons (2004-06) I wanted to do something totally different and expand my skill set, so we went up there. It was awesome. It’s really directly tied to Bill Belichick, so you were as current as could be, on the cutting edge of what is going on. So I just thought it was a neat thing to do something totally different and expand your skill set.”
More in a little while.

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