Cavalier Corner

June 2013

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cavaliersports five questions Offensive Coordinator And Quarterback Coach Steve Fairchild Cavalier Corner: How important was your father in great coaches, guys like Mike Martz, Norv Turner and your development as a young man and football player? Kevin Gilbride … just having had a chance to play for Fairchild: "I was 10 years old when my dad passed guys like that and work with guys like that has been a real away. I remember my dad, but I don't really remember a plus for my career." whole lot. When you grow up Cavalier Corner: What do with just a mom, you value the you enjoy most about being a mentoring or the role modeling coach? that coaches and good teach‑ Fairchild: "I like it all. I like ers can do for you. studying football. I like getting "I was very fortunate at a a game plan ready for an oppo‑ very young age, a number of nent, but I also like developing coaches took an interest in me, players … that part is kind of and a number of teachers all fun, too — watching guys get the way up into college that better. really helped shape my life. I "Watching these quarter‑ value that role quite a bit." backs, there are still some Cavalier Corner: How does young ones here, and watch‑ your experience as college ing them get better every day quarterback (at Colorado State is a fun process to be a part of." from 1978‑80) help you relate? Cavalier Corner: What does Fairchild: "Just having played it feel like when a game plan quarterback helps you and goes awry? having been in a competition Fairchild: "It happens in like this … helps to some de‑ every game. Nothing goes as gree … every situation is dif‑ Fairchild boasts 31 years of coaching ex- planned, completely. Even the perience at both the NFL and collegiate ferent. levels, including 16 seasons as an offen- best of game plans have snags. "Every time you have a quar‑ sive coordinator. You see things maybe that Photo by Jim Daves/courtesy UVa haven't been shown before in terback battle, they all play out differently. You just have to go a game. with your instincts and what you see." "Sometimes you miscalculate personnel … from the Cavalier Corner: Who has influenced your offensive first series on in every game you are making adjust‑ philosophy the most? ments. That is part of the game-day experience." Fairchild: "I have been fortunate to be around some — Sean Corso

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