Well as we all know by now, Jimmy Lake made the controversial decision after his DC coaching search to promote Bob Gregory from within. Obviously that has been received with various... enthusiasm... so here’s some dots about that:
- Mike Vorel talks about this move being a huge bet Coach Lake’s putting on himself.
- He also has a transcript of everything Jimmy Lake said at his press conference about the decision.
- And Christian Caple has a good take on what this hire (after interviewing multiple college and NFL candidates) really tells us about next year’s defense — namely, that in the end it really is Jimmy’s defense and Bob’s more or less the middle man to keep things chugging.
- Also with the new coaching staff shuffling (shuffle-age?), Malloe’s being moved to OLBs while former defensive analyst Rip Rowan has been promoted to DL coach. Prior to the 2019 season, 247Sports named him one of their 30 Under 30 rising stars (a list which also included former Dawg assistant Terrence Brown and the man who’d just a couple months later revolutionize LSU’s offense, Joe Brady).
And while — excuse the opining — I’ve never been a fan of Bob Gregory and the hire is rather underwhelming from a fan perspective, reading this justification by Coach Lake... actually kinda makes sense:
Considering the wave of internal promotions, I asked Jimmy Lake if money was a factor in this hiring process. Here's what he said. pic.twitter.com/eYSZbT4alg— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) February 1, 2021
Lake says the DC search was an exhaustive process and he interviewed coaches at every level across the country.— Lauren Kirschman (@laurenkirschman) February 1, 2021
Lake on Gregory: "He's only going to build now on what we've built on defensive at UW." Says he worked with Gregory often on in-game adjustments at Boise State and UW.— Lauren Kirschman (@laurenkirschman) February 1, 2021
Oh and before we forget, another football thing:
Lake says signees DT Kuao Peihopa and TE Quentin Moore have enrolled. So has QB Patrick O'Brien.— Lauren Kirschman (@laurenkirschman) February 1, 2021
- In the other football news, the UW men’s soccer team is optimistic despite losing three stars to the MLS.
- And in men’s basketball, Jon Wilner gives the arguments for and against cancelling the Pac-12 tournament.
- And in case you missed it, The Athletic re-ranked the 2017 recruiting classes and had UW at 6th behind some big ol’ blue bloods.
Regardless of your feelings about anything else, the following statement is beyond dispute:— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) February 1, 2021
Rip Rowan is a fantastic name for a football coach.
Ending on h i s t o r i c news:
For those who never stopped believing...#EASPORTSCollegeFootball pic.twitter.com/2vDUYnbXEJ— EA SPORTS (@EASPORTS) February 2, 2021
Do good things, don’t do bad things, and bow down to Washington.