JACKSONVILLE – Todd Wash's life is a bit different these days.
He's the Jaguars' defensive coordinator now, having been promoted from defensive line coach/run-game coordinator earlier this offseason.
"There's a little more on the plate, and I'm excited about it," Wash told Jaguars.com LIVE Wednesday afternoon. "We have a good staff and I'm ready to roll."
What won't change will be his in-game locale. Although coordinators often work from the press box, Wash said he plans to continue working from the sideline where he has worked the last three seasons as line coach.
"It's important that you kind of have your hand in everything during the game," Wash said. "There are always some adjustments that need to be made. You also like to have the pulse of the defense.
"There could be a situation where maybe we do come out a little bit sluggish and we have to do some things to get them rolling and get them excited. I think the emotional side of the defense is very important, so it'd be nice to have a grasp of that and what we're doing during the game."
Wash said he will communicate on game days via head set with [assistant linebackers coach] Scottie Hazelton (run fits) and [defensive assistant] Mike Rutenberg (passing game), both of whom will work from the press box. Wash said the only time during nine seasons as an NFL assistant that he has worked from the press box was his first two games as a defensive quality control coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007.
"It's a little bit different on the grass than it is upstairs," Wash said.
Wash was hired as coordinator January 22, with the Jaguars coaching the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, the following week. He said the process now turns to close examination of last season and planning the defensive playbook/approach for next season.
Wash said that process began in detail Wednesday morning, and he noted that Head Coach Gus Bradley and former Dallas Cowboys/Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin – who has consulted the Jaguars' staff over the past year – are involved.
"We got through seven plays in four hours," Wash said. "We're talking about communication, the details of every little thing and how we can make it sharper and more disciplined within our package. We're really getting into the details, 'What's the best way to do it?' We have to make sure as a staff if I'm saying something they're saying it the same way and if I'm saying something they're saying it the same way.
"It's important we get on the same page in every little detail and it's going to be a process."
Rotoworld/NBC Sports NFL Draft writer Josh Norris also joined Jaguars.com LIVE Wednesday afternoon. Among the highlights:
*Norris said he projects Eastern Kentucky edge rusher Noah Spence – who began his collegiate career at Ohio State – No. 5 overall to the Jaguars in his latest mock draft, which could be released Wednesday. Norris said the Jaguars' plans to move Leo rusher/2015 No. 3 overall selection Dante Fowler Jr. around the defensive front next season makes taking pass rushers Top 5 in back-to-back drafts plausible. "Obviously, you need impact from those edge rushing spots," Norris said. "To me, Noah Spence is worthy of that fifth overall selection.
*Norris said while many project Florida State cornerback/safety Jalen Ramsey as an elite free safety, he may not fit as cleanly into that role as many believe. "When Jalen Ramsey plays safety, he plays closer to the line of scrimmage rather than further away from the football," Norris said. "There were times this year where he lined up in the slot kind of as a nickel backer – in similar ways to what Myles Jack did at UCLA at times as a linebacker. To me, when I think of Jalen Ramsey as a safety, I think of someone closer to the line of scrimmage not further away from the line of scrimmage to play sideline to sideline." Norris said the draft's best pure free-safety prospect may be Karl Joseph of West Virginia. …
*Norris called defense the "heart and foundation of this draft," mainly at defensive line and linebacker. "The first and second round will be loaded with quality players in this year's draft," he said. …