I went to the walk-thru practice this morning and for what it's worth thought I'd share a few observations. I am now sitting at Xtreme Burrito waiting for the afternoon session on my iPhone so please excuse any typos.
During the offense vs. defense portion, Cassel and other QB's were getting the plays from Bill Muir. This may not tell us anything about who will be calling plays in September but Muir had the call sheet his morning. It seemed that the main focus on the offense vs. Defense part of the walk through was for both sides to work on communication.
The coaches were paying close attention to see if each player reacted correctly to Cassel's call in the huddle and to the adjustments at the line. There was a funny part when the guys holding the yard line sticks didn't move when they were supposed to and Todd Haley said "fellas, the guys in the white uniforms are on offense." They moved immediately.
Derrick Johnson was the main guy Romeo Crennel was sending hand signals to on defense, and Johnson would tell the rest of the defense. Crennel was mostly encouraging but spoke sternly to the whole D at one point when they weren't communicating and reacting like he'd like them to.
Jim Zorn and Todd Haley seem to communicate much better than Haley and Weis did. Zorn looks to be making an extra effort to be sure that he's on the same page as Haley. They talked during much of the practice and were on the field talking after practice after all the players had left the field. The Haley and Weis thing may have beenblown out of proportion last year, but they never seemed interested in chatting. Zorn and Haley looked like BFF today. Zorn has mentioned before that he's committed to coaching to Haleys philosophy even if it differs with his own some.
After practice Haley drove his golf cart over to a few of us fans that were hanging out. He signed all our stuff but would drive his golf cart the few feet between each fan. He said "this is laziness at it's best."