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January 29, 2008 11:49 AM

On Donatell and the 3-4

Posted by Bob Condotta

To reiterate what I said here yesterday, questions about the series running in the paper this week will be answered by our Executive Editor, David Boardman after the series is completed. I will attempt to pass those along here.

On a football matter, noticed there was some comment on whether Ed Donatell will bring a 3-4 defense to UW.

I'd assume it's too early for even Donatell (who has yet to officially be named DC but is expected to be any day now) to even know that.

Donatell used the 4-3 with the Falcons --- here's a story from early in his tenure there about how he switched from a 3-4 once he got to Atlanta.

But there are obvious reasons to think a 3-4 defense could be a better fit for UW next season --- notably, the experience at LB and the lack of up front. Kent Baer had mentioned possibly moving to a 3-4 after the Apple Cup due to the youth up front and the experience the linebacker spot next year.

UW coach Tyrone Willingham said at the time that every option that might improve the defense would be explored. So it's certainly something that you would think could happen, and that might make a lot of sense.

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