Christian Capel at The Athletic (https://theathletic.com/2509923/2021/04/09/washington-spring-practice-talking-defensive-scheme-tweaks-and-other-observations-on-day-2/) with an interesting quote from Bob Gregory:
“You’ve got to talk about it, there’s no doubt,” Gregory said. “I think it was around 200 yards (per game) that we gave up last year, which we’re not going to win a lot of games giving up 200 yards rushing. So (we’re) talking about it. More emphasis on how we’re taking on blocks, striking blockers better. Getting another guy up in the box to stop the run. It’s a philosophy. It’s a mentality. It’s teaching it more, spending more time on it, being more aggressive with it, getting another guy in the box, scheme-wise. So it’s a little bit of everything. … Everybody wants to rush the passer. We say you’ve got to earn the right to rush the passer. We’ve got to be good on first or second down, or we’re not going to get to third down.”
It’s noteworthy that Gregory mentioned putting another player in the box to defend the run. Through two practices this spring, it seems as if UW has practiced more often with a more traditional package of three interior linemen, two outside linebackers, two inside linebackers, two cornerbacks and two safeties. Of course, the nickel position always will be crucial in Lake’s defense, and you should fully expect the Huskies to play exclusively with five or six defensive backs against teams that throw the ball more often than they run it. But against a team like, say, Stanford, I get the sense Lake wants to be more proactive about loading the box with run-stopping personnel.”
Maybe Jimmy will adjust to more base defense type looks finally against teams like Stanford that operate with 2 WR sets.