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January 31, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Some quick Donatell notes

Ed Donatell just completed a conference call with local media, and I’ll have a more detailed report later.
Wanted to quickly pass along that he said the rest of the defensive staff “will remain the same.”
He said it was too early to say what scheme UW would run next year, but that it would likely combine elements of both the 4-3 and the 3-4, which he studied extensively last year while working as a special assistant with the New York Jets.
Asked for a basic assessment of his defense, he said “it’s based on speed and explosion. High-energy enthusiasm, attacking style. We are ball-hawkers. That is one of the things we are going to do is create takeaways. It (the defense) will be something the kids can do. Multiple but simple.”
He talked excitedly of returning to UW, where he worked as a grad assistant in 1981 and 1982 under Don James. His wife is a UW grad (he met her during that stint) and her grandfather, Victor Morrison, played at UW in 1916.
He also talked a bit about the opener with Oregon, saying “I know people in Washington expect you to win that game, and that’s what our full intentions are.”
He also confirmed signing a two-year contract but said that wasn’t critical to his coming here but merely what is becoming the standard for coordinators. UW officials say it is under discussion to also give offensive coordiniator Tim Lappano a two-year contract, as well. He has worked on year-to-year contracts since coming to UW in 2005.
Donatell will be paid $334,000 a year.

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