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February 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Video — UW offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Eric Kiesau

The final entry in our videos of the new UW assistant coaches is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Eric Kiesau, who was hired from Cal to replace Doug Nussmeier, who left for Alabama.

Below is some video, and below that some of the key quotes transcribed:

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On his offensive philosophy being similar to Steve Sarkisian’s and what his role is now: “What I need to do right now and what I am doing is we started talking ball yesterday. I’m just sitting in the room and I’m trying to learn their terminology, learn how they communicate and how they do things offensively. If I try to come in and say ‘this is what I want to do’ that’s not going to work. I need to listen and learn the system and then ‘how can I tweak that? How can I help out? This is what we did’ and see if he likes it. So I need to be patient at the beginning and understand how they do things here before I start making tweaks and changes.”

On what UW has on offense helping entice him to join the Huskies: “Absolutely, especially when you watch a quarterback like Keith Price and how well he throws the football and you look at your tight end in Austin (Seferian-Jenkins) and your receivers outside. Yeah, you look at that. When you start looking at a job you start looking at a roster and looking at the guys. … you look at four of the five offensive linemen coming back, there were a lot of positive things about this offense, and then you look at how Sark calls a game and how he likes to take chances. He will let it rip and I like that about him. You have to have a little edge to (you). So a lot of those were things I was looking forward to being a part of.”

On how he fits in as an offensive coordinator with a head coach who calls the plays: “I think obviously we will be working together in the preparation of the game plan throughout the week and I will kind of be the eyes in the sky for him when he is down the field, so there will be some verbal communication about what I am seeing and what he needs to see on how he calls the plays. But he is very good at it. If there was one negative, me not calling the plays, I don’t want that to deter me from being part of something special. I have no ego in this deal. Yes, I want to call the plays, I love calling the plays. Calling plays on gamedays is an adrenaline I wish everybody could feel at some point. But I’m not going to let that hinder my decision if that’s the only thing that is a negative of the job, I can get over that. He does a great job, he knows what he is doing and if at some point he wants to let that go I will be right there in the back seat waiting for it and if it happens that will be great.”

On how long the decision took: “My whole transaction took about 18 hours. And I’m talking about sleeping time, as well, which I didn’t sleep at all that night. It was a very, very quick transition. … I got the call Sunday night and talked to Sark about midnight. I was back east doing a home visit with (Cal) coach (Jeff) Tedford , ironically, and got the call about midnight. We talked to about 2:30, Sark was all fired up and said ‘coach, I’m going to offer you the job right now — do you want it?’ I said ‘coach, I haven’t even talked to my wife yet.’ I was in a plane all day long flying from California to Maryland, so while all this stuff was going on on the ground, I was on a flight and now I land and I get the message, Sark and I talked, we hit it off for a couple of hours and it was great, and I go ‘Sark, I need to talk to my wife. She doesn’t even know what’s going on.’ And he goes ‘okay, call your wife right now.’ And I said ‘Sark, it’s three o’clock in the morning?’ He said ‘let’s get it done.’ I talked to her, it was great, slept on it, didn’t sleep a minute, woke up in the morning and it was a done deal.”



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