Exciting News: Coach Kliff Kingsbury List is plans for commanders after been asked before……..

Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. wrapped up their introductory press conferences earlier today. Here are 10 takeaways from what they said to the media.

1. Kingsbury’s road map for developing young quarterbacks.

Kingsbury has several traits as an offensive-minded coach, but his reputation for developing and building relationships with young quarterbacks is perhaps his most notable quality. He’s had a hand in helping some of the best young signal-callers in football, whether it’s Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray or Caleb Williams. Obviously, having talented players certainly helps, but the process of making sure those quarterbacks are on the right path goes deeper than that.

“I just try to figure out what makes them tick,” Kingsbury said. “Everybody’s different, everybody learns differently, everybody processes differently, likes different plays, sees the game differently. I really try to get to the bottom of who they are as a person, who they are as a player and build it around them.”

2. Whitt is ready to be a defensive coordinator.

The question of whether he’s ready to be a defensive coordinator is a funny one to Whitt. He’s been an NFL coach for almost two decades. He’s seen several young, impressive coaches get opportunities over the years. He’s led some of the better secondaries over the last few years. So, yeah, he “been ready,” and he’s excited for the opportunity to lead a defense and do so in Washington.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. The staff that we put together is an outstanding staff. We have a lot of coaches that come from different trees, and we did that by design because we want to have ideas outside of what necessarily I’ve done in my past. So, we’re ready for it.”

3. The evolution of the Air Raid offense.

As the name implies, the Air Raid offense relies heavily on a strong passing attack. When Kingsbury was at Texas Tech, he had Case Keenum and Mahomes, both of whom set school records, so he leaned into their skill sets as passers. Getting yards through the air is going to be important, no matter who is under center for Washington in 2024, but Kingsbury isn’t trying to shoehorn a philosophy if it doesn’t match his personnel, which he will continue to evaluate over the next few weeks. Instead, Kingsbury made it clear that he wants his offense in Washington to be balanced.

“We want to be able to run the football and [run] play-action passes,” Kingsbury said. “Really, do whatever it takes to win. But the Air Raid deal, I’m honored to be a part of that, because it was Mike Leach, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, but I wouldn’t categorize anything we do under that name.”

4. Whitt has a clear vision for the Commanders’ defense.

Whitt made it a point to emphasize that Washington is going to have a defense that is unique. The Commanders are not going to be a complete copy of what he and Quinn built in Dallas. He’s not going to go into the full details of what that means, partly because he is still in the process of evaluating the roster, but he did say that Washington is going to have a “run and hit defense.”

“The way that we live is not for everybody, okay? Because we’re gonna run and put our bodies on people in a violent manner. And so, we’re gonna get that play style right first, right? And then the structure of what we do doesn’t really matter. You know, 3-4, 4-3. Everybody really plays the same coverages to some point. The structure doesn’t matter to me.”

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