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Former Falcons DC Donatell to join Huskies

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm with No Comments »
January 25, 2008 1:27 pm

It appears that Ed Donatell, a longtime NFL coach most recently serving under Jim Mora with the Atlanta Falcons has been offered and will accept the Washington defensive coordinator job.

Donatell, 50, is a former UW graduate assistant under Don James in 1981 and ’82. He went on to assistant jobs at Pacific, Idaho and Cal State before moving to the NFL as an assistant with the Jets, Broncos, Packers and Falcons.

UW says no official announcement is scheduled, but amid all the rumors of the past weeks, it appears that this time the Huskies have gotten their guy.

Here is a quote that I found of him discussing his defensive philosophy: "I want to apply the application that’s going to allow us to be successful. But any coordinator loves a four-man front that you can depend on, that gives you coverage opportunities. But I love to blitz. When I can see the opportunity and the advantage to it, I love to do that because it helps your aggression."

And here is a USA Today story from when Donatell got the Atlanta job.

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