The coaching staff deserves much of the credit
Coach Petersen knew for the last few weeks that improvements had to be made, specifically on offense. At times, Browning and the offensive unit looked good, but at other times sputtered and even turned the ball over carelessly.
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Each week, in his press conferences, Petersen expressed confidence in Jake Browning. The coach knew his signal caller was a top college quarterback and had the weapons on offense to help him win.
There is also the way Petersen and the staff has handled the offensive line. All-American left tackle Trey Adams is out for the season, and there were some early struggles with replacing him. The line has improved every week and has weathered the storm of criticism.
Now the offensive line appears to be one of the best in the conference. Their development has positively affected both Browning and the backs, particularly Myles Gaskin.
The coaches have also worked with the defense enough to keep these other issues from resulting in unnecessary losses. Washington’s defense is a veteran group, who is playing very confident football right now. Coach Petersen has preached physical football, with smart discipline and it has worked extremely well.
Washington seems to have all the pieces now to go on a long winning streak. They travel to winless UCLA this week. You would think that Chip Kelly’s team would be hungry for a win. The Bruins coach will have some tricks up his sleeve.
This won’t be a gimmie win for UW. A proud, struggling program at home against a top ten team never is. But this Huskies team is hungry also, and playing their best football of the season. Exciting times for the University of Washington