Kwiatkowski on facing Fresno's offense: "It's like playing our offense."
Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski met with the media following practice Tuesday. Here’s what he had to say:
(What have you seen out of the defense after two games?) “Just guys doing their job. It always comes back to each guy doing their job, being physical, getting off of blocks, doing a good job tackling, keeping the ball leveraged; guys are covering when they’ve got to cover. We got some decent pressure on (the quarterback) on Saturday too.”
(You brought some pressure up the middle against Montana …) “Whether we’re bringing four D-linemen or any of those linebackers or a DB, it’s always trying to give (the offense) different looks. They just don’t know which guy is coming.”
(What have you seen from the Fresno State offense) “Fresno is very similar to our offense — a lot of shifts and motions, different personnel groupings. They’ve got a bunch of different backs that play. Good receivers. The quarterback’s athletic. It’s like playing our offense.”
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(Because Coach Tedford and Kirby Moore know your operation so well, do you have to shake things up this week?) “No. It’s always about us, and we’re going to do what we’re going to do. Obviously, you do little things here and there. At the end of the day, it’s how do we execute our defensive calls? How do we get off blocks? How do we tackle? How do we cover? And if they hit us on something, how do we respond? So the plan is the same every week — it’s getting these guys dialed into that and going out and execute.”
(Jusstis Warren had 1.5 sacks vs. Montana — what has he shown you these first two games?) “He got the chance to go in there and he made the most of that opportunity. It’s something we talk about all the time. Last year, Connor O’Brien wasn’t getting a lot of play, but then JoJo (Mathis) went down and all of a sudden Connor got a lot of reps. Those guys have to stay ready. They get a lot of reps in practice, and hopefully when they get reps in game — (for) some of those guys it’s not guaranteed, so they’ve got to be ready and he got that opportunity and played really well.”
(How happy were you with the rotation inside with Bierria, Victor and Burr-Kirven?) “That’s two straight weeks those guys have played at a high level, so it’s been great.”
(Something you see continuing with those three in particular?) “Yeah, Azeem’s in the mix now, and we’ll get Azeem in on some other things, getting after the passer. We feel good about our depth there.”