George DeLeone, who was replaced as offensive coordinator, is still on the staff and Pasqualoni said he is especially pleased with the way everyone has "meshed." He said the chemistry is strong.
"We're not looking back, the whole staff, we're focused on this year," Weist agreed.
Clearly, they've got to look at improving the offensive line disaster of last year. They've got to continue to look for playmakers beyond Geremy Davis and Shakim Phillips. On this day, Foxx caught balls down the middle out of the slot, ran a reverse (albeit unsuccessfully).
"He did some things today that build the confidence of the staff and rest of the team, Weist said. "Shak, Geremy and Deshon have really stepped up and become leaders on our offense. All three of them are playmakers and all three are among our hardest workers on offense. We've got some weapons on offense. We've got to build some depth on the offensive line so we can sustain and run the football."
Whitmer is rooming with his two major targets, Davis and Phillips. That's a good thing.
"We're around each other all the time," Whitmer said. "We've got a chemistry on and off the field and we've got to keep it up. They're my boys."
Weist said sometimes it comes down to just a look between quarterback and receiver.
"So many times the quarterback puts the ball in the air and the receiver hasn't even come out of his break yet," Weist said. "That's pure faith. It's about the trust they have in each other. That's what makes the difference late in games. If the quarterback doesn't trust a receiver, you've got to get him out of there."
On this day, Whitmer gave himself a B-C grade. Weist likes Whitmer's presence. And with Phillips, Davis and Foxx together with Whitmer, Weist insists, "They will make a difference in the fall."
There will need to be a difference from the past two falls. To be certain, there will need to be. Need to be.