What were you looking for in your new defensive coordinator?
SS: A guy who could relate to these kids. A guy who was flexible, willing to try some things out of 3--4 principles as well as four-down principles. And I was looking for a guy who loved Washington. Obviously what Justin Wilcox had done with a very versatile defense at Tennessee and Boise was tremendous.
Is there a football guy turned media personality that you most enjoy?
SS: Jon Gruden, because he grew up in the profession very quickly. He was a young head coach, very confident and was extremely successful at every stop. Then to take that knowledge and put it on television with the personality that he has? That's unique.
SI: WHEN JAKE LOCKER WENT ON GRUDEN'S QB CAMP, WERE YOU AFRAID HE'D REVEAL TOO MUCH?
SS: I LOVE THE SHOW. I WATCH WITH MY SON. I'M NOT CONCERNED WITH WHAT GETS OUT THERE. FOOTBALL IS THE BIGGEST COPYCAT SPORT. EVERYBODY RUNS THE SAME PLAYS.
How'd you manage to get so tight with someone as prickly as USC's Lane Kiffin?
SS: What people forget is that Lane and I [formerly staff mates at USC] grew up in this profession together. We know each other on a different level. I know him as someone who's not wearing the head-coaching hat all the time.