2020 will mark co-defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski’s seventh year at Washington. With Jimmy Lake having taken over as head coach following the 2019 season, Kwiatkowski returns to his role as the Huskies’ defensive coordinator in 2020.
Kwiatkowski joined UW staff shortly after Coach Chris Petersen came to Seattle before the 2014 season, and has helped build the Pac-12’s strongest and most consistent defense in his six seasons.
Here are notes and quotes from Thursdays media conference with Kwiatkowski’s me
CHALLEGE FACING COACHES
After five years on the Husky coaching staff 2020 will mark the first year for Malloe as co-defensive coordinator. According to Kwiatkowski the familiarity between the two has made for seamless transition.
“ It has been awesome. When you work with good people and have good work ethic it makes it very enjoyable. He’s is a good motivator, gets his guys to work hard. When I am working with special teams, he will take my guys, so we are interchangeable.”
EVALUATION OF JOE TRYON
One player Kwiatkowski pointed out was junior outside linebacker Joe Tryon. A second-team All-Pac-12 honoree who started in 12 of 13 games last year. Tryon was on the sideline to start the USC game because the Huskies started with an extra defensive back
“ You can go back two years, last year he really got better it was about how he prepared, taking notes, he was deliberate. He is a perfect example of what happens when you put in deliberate work.”
The Husky defenses least experienced unit is the inside linebacker unit which is has an abundance of talent that lacks playing time.
“I think we have a good base of guys that know where to line up. We now have to make sure the young guys get reps. They can all play fast and just need the game to slow down. So, we have a lot of guys who just need reps and they will all have a role to play. It’s going to be competitive.”
The Huskies inablitity to close out games cost them a Pac-12 Championship which has resulted in more focused and deliberate off season workouts.