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10 Questions: Who's coaching who?

Posted by Albert Breer  July 8, 2010 08:00 AM

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On defense, toward the end of spring, Patricia appeared to be taking on added responsibility and, in the final weeks of those camps, he was the one working on signaling in plays to the linebackers and safeties from the sideline. Still, it’s likely he’ll have to continue earning responsibility as the year goes on.

And how the defensive personnel is handled is key, because of the abundance of youth at cornerback, safety, and inside linebacker. The development of those guys is important not just this year, but for the future of the franchise, so the guy giving them their cues will be vital.

All in all, this situation may be fluid as the year goes on. That does raise an important question, though: If and when things go wrong, do these coaches have the juice to step on players’ throats and try to get things turned around? That dynamic may explain one reason why the team brought another former player, in Corwin Brown, as an addition to the staff.
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