In watching the video interviews over on und.com I was particularly struck by something said by senior offensive tackle Sam Young. When asked what his initial impressions were of new offensive line coach Frank Verducci, the three year returning starter has this to say:
He’s a technician. For me that’s a really good thing because I think that’s something that I’ve been lacking is my technique. It’s something that I needed to work on. It’s a different perspective. there’s a lot of stuff he brings to the table that I haven’t heard before and a lot of the guys on the line have heard. It’s a different perspective. it’s a different way of doing things.
I’ve said numerous times that I thought Latina was a good coach but just didn’t work out well within Weis’s offense, but if a three year starter is saying that his technique is lacking and that it’s something he’s needed work on, it makes me wonder what exactly Latina was coaching over the last few years.
Now, take this witha grain of salt since whenever there is a coaching change at any level, there’s always quotes about how much better or different the new coach is. We were all excited when we heard the players talk about Latina after Mike Denbrock left with Ty Willingham originally too. Still, it is a little telling when a senior who has started since day one says that his technique has been lacking and needs work.
One other note from Young’s interview of note was him saying that one of Verducci’s favorite terms is “suffocate” as in suffocating the defender they are blocking. It’s still early and everything always sounds great this time of year, but at least it sounds like so far so good from our new offensive line coach.