Washington is off the field following its Tuesday practice, under somewhat cloudy skies — but no apparent rain.
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox spoke to the media afterward, his first words with reports since Saturday’s 52-17 loss to Arizona.
Wilcox said the obvious, that the game was ” real disappointing in a lot of areas.”
As for what some of those were, he said “we didn’t finish very many plays and we gave up some runs and some passes because of either eye discipline or not making tackles. Our alignment and assignment was good for the most part. It was the execution that was very disappointing. I’ve got to do a better job preparing us, each one of us coaches and players have got to look in the mirror and make sure we are doing everything we possibly can during the week and on game day to make sure we have the best chance to win.”
Wilcox said UW missed 19 tackles, many coming in one-on-one situations that are the goal of spread offenses like Arizona’s to create. He noted that the other game where UW had lots of issues tackling was Oregon, which runs a similar offense.
Wilcox said every week has a “back to backs” element to it in terms of working on fundamentals, but that there would be an emphasis this week on tackling.
He said UW will be “tackling very day, we will practice playing with disciplined eyes. That got us three times on big pass plays. We need to play with disciplined eyes in our coverage and those are things we will continue to do every day.”
You can see more of what Wilcox had to say today below:
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