Washington’s defensive scheme gives people problems because they attack. If your team can’t beat man-to-man coverage, you’re going to have problems. But they lost some top players to the NFL in their secondary. That’s a concern: With all of the man-to-man they play, they ask a lot of their corners in coverage. Their front seven controls the line of scrimmage, and they run a lot of stunts with their tackles and ends. Their defensive coordinator, Pete Kwiatkowski, does a really good job scheming and making you make mistakes.
What makes [junior quarterback] Jake Browning special is his ability to hit [receivers in the] hands, and he doesn’t make mental mistakes. He has an incredibly high football IQ. As a defense you always hope the other team is going to throw a few bad balls, and he doesn’t do that. And then you put him with [junior running back] Myles Gaskin, who has a great ability to make you miss. He’s a smaller back [5' 10", 191 pounds], but the guy’s a real dude. They have a great tandem of running backs with Gaskin and [5' 11", 223-pound senior] Lavon Coleman.
Washington may have lost John Ross at receiver, but [coach] Chris Petersen has built that program up and they bring back an elite quarterback, so they’ll be better than they were last year.