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Jones makes over football staff

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By Steve Smith

A desire for different faces and different voices led Adams City football coach Jesse Jones to shake up his coaching staff this season.

Marcus Washington, who played at the University of Colorado before the New England Patriots drafted him, is the Eagles’ co-defensive coordinator. He and Jones know each other from semi-pro football.

“He was the one who plugged me into the high-school ranks at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs,” Jones said. “A lot of colleges are looking at him. CSU-Pueblo made him an offer,”

The other half of the defensive coordinator slot goes to James Rogers.

“They compliment each other,” Jones said. “They make each other a better version of themselves.”

Darius Walls is the Eagles’ defensive line coach.

“One area where we had a major letdown last year was on the defensive line,” Jones said. “It’s one thing to have under-sized guys. Be they bigger kids, faster kids or stronger kid, Walls is a good coach for all sizes. He brings the knowledge and technique we need.”

Anthony Wilson is Adams City’s running backs coach and the offensive line coach. His son plays at CSU-Pueblo. Jones and someone will share the offensive coordinator duties.

“When we put out information, we had a disconnect,” Jones said. “You can speak with the most articulate vocabulary. But unless the words are defined, they are just words. Football is a fast game. At the end of the day, no matter what style you’re playing, it’s a fast game. And the only way to succeed is to know what you’re doing with clear and concise messages.”