What’s the most underappreciated aspect of the Chris Petersen era for UW Huskies?

Jan 14, 2019, 1:51 PM | Updated: 2:44 pm

UW, Huskies...

Washington HC Chris Petersen's Huskies have led the conference in defense 4 out of his 5 seasons. (AP)


When Chris Petersen took over as head coach of Washington football in 2014, the program hadn’t seen a season with 10 or more wins since 2000. Since 2016, the Huskies have won at least 10 games each season, and in 2018 they made their first return to the Rose Bowl in 18 years.

O’Neil: What happens to ‘defense wins championships’ in the NFL?

There’s been no shortage of praise for Petersen’s ability to revamp Washington football, but there has been one aspect of his coaching that has gone underappreciated.

“(That aspect is) how unbelievable he’s played defense,” 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard said during his Blue 42 segment of Brock and Salk, “and this is where Chris doesn’t get the credit.

West Coast CFB tweeted this: Chris Petersen’s teams have led their conference in defense 11 times of the 13 seasons he’s been a head coach. He’s been a head coach at Boise State and the University of Washington for a combined 13 seasons, and his defenses have been No. 1 11 times. I don’t think he ever gets credit for that, nor does his staff get that kind of credit.”

That underappreciated aspect of Peteresen’s coaching received a boost this weekend when cornerback Myles Bryant announced he would return for the 2019 season.

“Realizing how important it is for the way (Petersen) wants to play his brand of football, getting Myles Bryant back in the fold will help them at least have a shot at that in 2019,” Huard said.

Huard answers three football questions every weekday morning at 7:45 on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk. Hear Monday’s Blue 42 segment, featuring questions about the Seahawks and Huskies, in the audio clip embedded in this post.

Brock and Salk podcast

Brock and Salk

Seattle Seahawks Jamal Adams...

Brent Stecker

Seahawks Injuries: Where Geno Smith, Jamal Adams stand

The Seattle Seahawks head coach provided the latest on quarterback Geno Smith and safety Jamal Adams' injuries on Tuesday's Pete Carroll Show.

1 hour ago

Seattle Mariners J.P. Crawford Cal Raleigh...

Brent Stecker

4 Takes: Reaction to Mariners player comments after missing playoffs

The voices of Seattle Sports weigh in on comments made by Seattle Mariners players including J.P. Crawford and Cal Raleigh, as well as manager Scott Servais.

24 hours ago


Seattle Sports Video

Video: Why did the Seattle Mariners miss the MLB playoffs? Brock and Salk discuss

Why did the Seattle Mariners miss the MLB playoffs? What was the biggest reason there season is now over? Brock Huard and Mike Salk discussed those questions and just what it means for this team heading into the off-season? Where do they go from here? What’s left for this team to do to become a […]

1 day ago


Seattle Sports Video

Video: Joe Buck previews the Seattle Seahawks NY Giants MNF game

What will Joe Buck be looking for when he watches the Monday Night Football match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants? What does he think will be a key battle in this primetime game? He joined Brock Huard and Mike Salk to talk about that and much more. Who does he think […]

1 day ago

Seattle Seahawks Geno Smith...

Brent Stecker

Why ESPN’s Joe Buck likes Seahawks in MNF matchup vs Giants

Monday Night Football broadcaster Joe Buck thinks the Seattle Seahawks will continue "to build on what they did a week ago" on Monday night.

1 day ago


Seattle Sports Video

Video: Impact of Jamal Adams return to Seahawks

What kind of impact will #Seahawks fans see from Jamal Adams returning on Monday Night? 📲 Catch the full convo @! #gohawks #MNF #jamaladams #seattlesports

4 days ago

What’s the most underappreciated aspect of the Chris Petersen era for UW Huskies?