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Huskies preview: It's a new day for the defense


[caption id="attachment_21998" align="aligncenter" width="471" caption="New Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox played defensive back at Oregon from 1996-99 and is the son of Dave Wilcox, a Hall of Fame linebacker for the 49ers. (TED S. WARREN/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)"][/caption]

We ran our season preview for the Huskies in today's News Tribune.

From  my story on the Husky defense moving forward leaving the memories of last year in the past.

“We are moving forward,” Trufant said. “We can’t afford to think about last year. There’s no reason to. This is a new season. Everything’s new.”

To Wilcox’s and his staff’s credit, they wouldn’t dwell on last season or somehow use it to their benefit. They watched the film, but only to evaluate and scout the defensive players. There was no mention of it for motivation or chiding purposes. It’s tough to preach a new beginning if you keep reminding of them what went wrong in the past.

“It’s a fresh start,” Wilcox said early in the fall camp. “The past is the past and you can’t change it. We can only change what we can control. Their attitudes have been great.”

There is a noticeable change in the defense under Wilcox. As promised, he came in and changed the basic philosophy. The Huskies would no longer stick to the 4-3 alignment at all times. He has experimented with 3-4 and 4-2-5 looks as well. He’s moved four safeties to linebackers and moved defensive ends inside and defensive tackles to the edge. The Huskies are going to be multiple in their looks and versatile in their personnel groups.

“Our job is to get the best 11 guys on the field,” Wilcox said.

But it’s more than schemes and Xs and Os.

“Obviously, you have to be physically and mentally tough and play with great effort,” Wilcox said. “But you have to really execute. Toughness and effort won’t win you the game alone, you have to execute at a higher level down-in and down-out for however long it takes.”Here's our position by position break down ...