We can run and we can hit people. I like that from (the defensive) standpoint.
Assistant coaches make recommendations. Head coaches make decisions.
It was an opportunity for them to get their legs back under them.
The thing that I’m excited about right now is another year to work under coach Alvarez.
Now, we’re getting into the meat and potatoes about spring ball.
Johns experience as a college and NFL running back, as well as the coaches he has both played for and coached with, makes him an ideal person to coach our backfield. He has been successful coaching both NFL and college running backs. We are very fortunate to have him join us.
Hodge and a couple other guys are kind of in a holding pattern. I’m going to sit down and have a discussion with Elijah. I think he’s been a little bit hampered by the groin injury. Now, you’re getting in the season, you’ve got to kind of concentrate on the guys you’re going to play.
He never had the daily repetitions of a mike learning curve, the reads, the reactions, the fits and drills. It was kind of a season in learning. When he began to start to play pretty well is when he had that little injury and didn’t really play well again until the bowl game.
The one thing about Joe Thomas, as good of a player as he is, he’s even a better person.
[Hodge, who has been working in the middle, has the best instincts.] Out of the entire group, he probably gets it the fastest, … He understands, ‘This is the call, this is the coverage, this is the situation.’ He’s got a good feel for things. In a football sense, he’s probably the most advanced.
They beat us (physically). I think it is something we pride ourselves on.
He’s a guy who stands out in these situations. He has the ability to make plays in game situations.