Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox was a guest on KJR-AM this morning on the Dave “Softy” Mahler show.
You can listen below. And here also are some highlights:
— Asked what he did after the game, Wilcox said he went home and watched his tape of the game for about two hours and made notes and went to bed. He said the tapes he preferse to watch are the sideline and end zone copy — as Mahler and Hugh Millen noted, Steve Sarkisian said he always likes to watch the TV copy once, as well.
— Wilcox repeated what he said in the post-game last night, that they did not look at last year’s UW-Stanford game. He said the only Stanford tape they watched was of this year’s team. “They run similar plays but they have different personnel at key spots so we watched their games from this year and that’s how we planned for them,” he said.. “If not, you could watch the last four years and it gets muddy. So we watched this year’s game tape and went from there.”
— He repeated much of what he said after the game that one of their big plans going in was to match Stanford’s big packages — two- and three-tight ends or an extra tackle — with a “jumbo” package of their own. “We felt like we were going to have to match them with big people so we had a couple of different substitution groups to get our bigger people, guys we felt tackled the best and in the open field. We went with a lot of heavy run fronts. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. In terms of the personnel, just trying to get the best matchups we could in the run and the pass game.”
— He said the general plan was to make Stanford throw the ball to the perimeter of the field and then “we have to win some one-on-ones outside.” He cited the play of Desmond Trufant for being key in that effort saying “he really showed up.”
— He said a key throughout was “eye discipline” and the defenders being able to read the keys on Stanford’s play-action passes. He said for the most part UW did that well though he said there were a couple of plays where that didn’t happen. He also said another key was the play of the line to press the blocks of the Stanford O-linemen and not allow them to get to the linebackers, freeing UW’s linebackers to make plays.
— He said of LB Thomas Tutogi that “he did some really good things.” But as he has in the past, he also noted that “this is Thomas’ type of game” playing against a power running team. “That’s what he brings to our team. He’s a heavy guy, he stuck his face in there, played physical and tackles.” He noted that against different styles of offense, UW may use different players on defense more. “There are going to be certain guys where different guys fit at the (middle linebacker or weakside linebacker) position. He’ll (Tutogi) have a role for us and how that changes week-to-week will change a little bit on who we are playing. … it was good to have him in there playing big like he did.”
— He said of Trufant’s interception that it was his fault for not reminding the players to just bat the ball down there. But he repeated how well he thought Trufant played, including tackling in the open field when needed.
— Asked to cite a few others who played well, he said Talia Crichton, of whom he noted “played linebacker in our extra package where we were bringing big people in. He did a good job.” He also cited John Timu, Sean Parker and Justin Glenn but also said “it’s hard to pick one guy.”’
— There was a lot of talk of Trufant’s final interception and Wilcox said it was a “press and bail” coverage where Trufant showed press at the line and then backed up, anticipating that it would be a fade route. He agreed that if Stanford hada thrown a hitch that they might have been in trouble. But he said they read on film that Stanford usually threw a fade to Levine Toilolo when he lined up at that spot. “Desmond timed it exactly right and read it like he was supposed to,” Wilcox said. “it was really, technically a sound play.”
— He as asked at the end about Oregon and he said he already was looking at film of the Ducks. He joked the best strategy for defending Oregon might be to “play in mud” and said Oregon will have the most speed “by far” of anyone they have yet played. He noted the matchup difficulties of the fact that Oregon’s QBs run so much (something they didn’t have to worry about with Stanford). “That really dictates what coverages you can play and still involve the safeties in the run game. We have to win some one-on-ones outside and then tackle in space. … there going to be certain times we have to make one-on-one tackle and that’s going to be critical.”
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