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Jaguars Defensive Coordinator Todd Wash: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

(On if this was the most difficult season he's had as a coordinator) "Not only as a coordinator but probably my 28 years of coaching. It's been a tough year. Obviously, we do really appreciate the players and that kind of stuff. It just didn't turn out the way we wanted it. I think they're [an] extremely hard-working group and I think we have a good coaching staff, but it just didn't turn out the way we wanted it [to] this year. It's been frustrating, but at least hopefully we can go out on a good note versus Indy."

(On the difference in the Indianapolis Colts from Week 1 to Week 17) "A lot of it is their passing game has changed a little bit I think as the season went on. There's some different personnel groupings that you've seen more of earlier in the year you're not seeing as much of now. But for the most part, obviously they're still a run first offense and they try to play action you. That part is very similar, but you're not seeing as much of somethings as you do of other things now."

(On what worked on defense against the Colts in Week 1 and if they have a similar game plan with different personnel, especially in the secondary) "I think any time you plan an opponent twice, you have to change things up regardless if it's the same players or different players, so we'll do some things differently. There are some things that worked relatively well last time we played them, but I'm sure they're going to work and prepare against those things. So, we have to change those things up a little bit and just, once again, do the best we can to be able to get our players in position to make plays and when they're in those positions, they need to make the plays."

(On being disruptive on defense) "That's one of the things we've been talking with our group this week about is we need to get up and we need to be physical at the line of scrimmage. We have not done that the past couple weeks and that's something that we have to emphasize when we go out and practice today as a coaching staff and the players obviously have to put a lot of emphasis of getting their hands on them at the line of scrimmage and trying to disrupt the timing. We all know what [Colts QB] Philips Rivers can do, so we have to be able to disrupt the timing of their passing game."

(On if the personnel turnover and youth of the team was the cause of the problems this season) "I'm not going to sit here and make excuses for anything. Our season went as it went. I like the players that we have, but at the same time, we were young, but there's other young teams in the NFL. To me, I didn't do enough or really, I didn't do a good enough job to put these guys in position, regardless who's on our roster and how old they are. I need to do a better job and I didn't get it done."

(On what he will take away from this season) "I think we changed a lot of stuff within our system this season, did some different things, and that kind of stuff, so I know I'm going to take that moving forward of what we can do and add and take away from our package. I think that's important. I know for sure I'm going to take away the relationships we built with our team, our coaching staff, and that kind of stuff. It was a tough year not just because of COVID, but obviously the wins and losses. We have really tight, tight group and that's something that I will always remember about this season and take with me when we get done."

(On if going through adversity makes a better coach) "I think you do as long as you put your head down and keep working and not make excuses, you're constantly trying to find ways to win, ways to put your players in position. I think if you're doing that, you're going to learn a lot as a coach. I think the players are going to learn obviously handle adversity, how to react though adverse situations and that's only going to make all of us better."

(On handling his uncertain future in Jacksonville) "As a coach, I've never been fired before to be honest with you. If it happens, it'll be the first time it's ever happened so I'm sure that will be a little bit of a strange situation to go through. But Jacksonville's a very special place. Both my daughters graduated from [high school] here and my son has obviously started high school here, so it's always going to be a special place if that happens. But it's part of our business, there's no doubt. There's critics all over there if you're doing well or you're doing bad. You take it all in stride and you just move on."

(On CJ Henderson's rookie year) "Obviously, we've seen a tremendous athlete. Everything that we prepared for in the draft, physical side, the ability to run, play in our system, is exactly what we thought we were getting. You can see his play making ability when he was on the field, athletically, learned our system extremely well. Obviously, the injuries and that kind of stuff set him back a little bit this year, but he has a bright, bright future I think with the Jags."