Brian Kelly: Let's control it ourselves
Each Sunday, Brian Kelly answers questions for roughly 20 minutes from a single moderator. Shortly after, the interview is uploaded to UND.com
It’s sort of “The State of the Irish” and recap of the previous game.
Here’s part of Kelly’s thoughts from today:
(on Mark Dantonio’s heart attack) “Gee, you think about it…18 to 21 years olds impacting your future on a day-to-day basis. It can stress you out a little bit. The exciting part is being in a stadium with 70,000 – 80,000 people and the adrenaline and excitement of that. There are trade-offs. There’s no question, you have to take care of yourself in this profession.”
“I think you look at all the plays that can impact giving you a different outcome. We’ll focus on the things that we can correct and look to correct those. That’s nothing they can control. What they can control is covering the play at the end of the game.”
(on addressing the blown calls by the refs with his team) “We expect that everybody is in it to do the right things and make the right judgments. There’s no do-overs. I’ve always felt let’s not let the official dictate the games, let’s control it ourselves. I just have never found any way to get a football team better by complaining about officials.”
“We have to do a better job of controlling the football.”
“We keep letting those big plays occur defensively.”
“I think we’ve only given up 2 sacks in 100 pass attempts.”
“I thought they (special teams) played well. I thought we controlled the field position. By in large, they (special teams) are playing well.”
“I’m not worried about the red zone. I’m worried about 3rd & short and 4th down situations when we have the ability to convert, but that we’re not converting. Those ball possessions kinds of downs are really where we’ll spend a lot time this week. Not that we won’t focus on red zone, that we’ve got it all figured out, that’s not what I’m saying, but we have to do a better job on those ball control throws that act almost as running plays for us.”
“I thought we took it to Michigan State at the line of scrimmage when they wanted to run the ball and we got pressure when they went 7-man protection.”
Notre Dame hosts Stanford on Saturday.
Sunday afternoon Coaches Quick Hits
Arizona head coach Mike Stoops says his program is changing: "I'm speechless right now trying to figure out what just happened out there. This win was great in a lot of different ways. We got to see the character of the players develop before our eyes. I'm really proud that everyone managed to compete, and when they were challenged, they challenged right back."
"Our program is changing, and I don't know if people realize how good a team Iowa really is. We knew, and the kids knew."
"We are a different team inside and out this year. We have to earn our respect, and last year we lost some of it (respect) with some of our losses, and this will all be for naught if we don't start off conference play strong when Cal comes to town next week."
Art Briles embarrassed about 45-10 loss to TCU: “We didn't do a whole lot right; I didn't do a whole lot right. I feel embarrassed for Baylor University, but we are going to fight our tail off and get it right. We aren't going to let this be the thing that defines us in 2010."
“I have been saying all along that they are a really good football team, but the thing that bothers me is that we never really challenged them much. We never really put ourselves in a position to put pressure on them, and that's something we have to get better at doing."
Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun not interested in close in Norman: "Our guys are not interested in close. We have the makings to have a quality football team. As we go play over these next nine games, most important is to recover, rejuvenate and make Monday a good day for us."
Dan Hawkins received a bloody head in pre-game due to head-butt: "We got a little hyped before the game," Hawkins said. "But I'm an old fullback. I'm used to playing with a bloody nose."
Jeff Tedford impressed with Nevada: "If I had a vote, I'd vote for them. They'd be competitive in the Pac-10."
Mark Dantonio talks about game-winning fake field goal: “I didn’t want to put the pressure on Dan, I wanted to put it on me - and us. We played the best football team we’ve played so far and came out on top. You have to have the mindset you will have risk for reward. If it didn’t work, everyone would be second-guessing me. But I said a prayer - and it worked.”
Urban Meyer still not pleased: “That’s not good enough. This offense, minus (Tim) Tebow, you’ve got to find ways to run the ball because we’re going to be a physical team. I was not overly pleased with the way we ran the ball in this game.”
“Are we good enough to win at Neyland Stadium? That’s all I’m worried about. Can we beat Kentucky at home? I don’t know yet. Flip the coin, man.”
Cutcliffe disappointed after 62-13 loss to Alabama: “When you play a team like that. I think our kids understand what you have to do things like tackle and make plays.
“And we didn’t pass the test, plain and simple. You don’t just put that one behind you. Yeah, you put the results of it behind you, but you don’t put what caused the results behind you.”
“That’s probably the most disappointing thing amongst many things is that we didn’t get better in the second half. That’s a laundry list of things that needs to be addressed as a head coach.”
Lane Kiffin says Trojans can enjoy Minnesota win: "The team needed to enjoy it. We are 3-0. It was the first time I felt they deserved to sing. They'd been waiting for it."
"It's not perfect. (But) we've got to learn to enjoy wins better."
Houston Nutt talks about Rebels after 28-14 loss to Vandy: "We are going to put the ball in his (Masoli’s) hands because of our younger offensive line.”
“You can't play like that in the SEC; you can't do it. We got to get better in short yardage. I know we are young inside but we have always been able to get one or two yards. We have got to get better at that. I feel like we left a lot of points on the field today."
Sumlin talks about 31-13 loss to UCLA: “It doesn’t boggle your mind; it’s football. In different seasons, things happen, and it’s unfortunate. That’s just how things kind of happened.”
“We’re disappointed in how we played. We didn’t handle situations very well — offensively and defensively. We played in spurts, and that’s not good enough.”
Rich Rod concerned about Wolverines: "You can't be upset with a win but you can be upset with the way you played, and we did not play well. We didn't play well at all defensively. Special teams were awful, and on offense we made a few mistakes that killed us."
Gundy talks about 65-28 win over Tulsa: “Tulsa’s choice was to not let us run and drop both safeties down and play with a single safety, so it forced us into more of a pass situation than we had been accustomed to early in the year. I thought the offensive staff made a nice adjustment and Brandon handled things very well.”
“For me to say anything other than we were hitting on all cylinders wouldn’t really be fair. I don’t want to take anything away from Tulsa. We just had a good night and had a good plan and things worked.”
Phil Fulmer slams Lane Kiffin on CBS half-time show: "And often his arrogant attitude turned people off. The bigger question in my opinion is how does a guy like this end up with two jobs with historic football teams like Tennessee and USC?"
Troy head coach Larry Blakeney following 34-33 loss to UAB on 50-yard hail-mary: "It was almost like a bad dream. It seemed like all day long it was headed right toward where it ended up. For some reason, we couldn't get off a number (on the scoreboard) and we had them 99 yards away and they did exactly what they had to do. Great job by them."
Quoting Arkansas DC Willy Robinson: “We won. We responded to negative situations. We came back. We fought hard. We’re going to celebrate this win.”
Quoting Will Muschamp: “(Texas Tech) ran some picks and we were running a lot of pressure early in the game. As the game grew on, we felt really good about our four-man rush and our plays down the field as players like Curtis (Brown) came off and covered them well. That’s what we ended up doing in the second half and it was effective.”
Quoting Urban Meyer: “I think that’s who we are right now. You remember the ’06 team we had, the ’05 team we had? We don’t win a game if defense and special teams [don't step up]. . . . At times this offense is looking pretty good. However, we’re nowhere where we need to be.”
SMU head coach June Jones talks about his DC Tom Mason: "He's not an authoritarian-type, a little bit more personable. But he knows how to get on their rear ends, and he also knows how to love 'em up. He's a people guy, and he works at it. Everybody [in coaching] puts in the time. But the players have got to step up for the guy, and our defensive guys have done that."
Despite 20-19 loss at Wisconsin, Dennis Erickson pleased with special teams: "Special teams-wise, we dominated the football game. It was unbelievable the things that we did on special teams. We've improved so much there."
Dooley will not sugar-coat anything. That's for sure:
Sarkisian: They read patterns and match routes as well as anyone I've seen in 10 years
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian talked about the Nebraska defense this morning on The Tim Brando Show.
Sarkisian said, “I think the biggest thing about these guys is they are really well coached. They 2-gap really well up front. They read patterns and match routes as well as anyone I’ve seen in 10 years.”
“They do a good job of attacking your protections. If you are one-dimensional with your protections, they will attack you. You have to mix your protections.”
The Huskies are 1-1 on the season. Sark explained the expectations are a lot higher around UW than in a long time, and assured that even though the Nebraska game is important, the Huskies’ primary goal is to win the PAC-10 conference.
He said, “At the end of the day, we get a bye (next week) and then we have to go for it (PAC-10 title).”
(on his interview at UW and losing President Mark Emmert) “The interview process for me at UW was unique. I met directly with President Emmert. He really conducted the interview. He has a great love and passion for college athletics. It’s a big loss for UW on a lot of fronts. We will miss him dearly.”
Kick-off on Saturday night is set for 3:30 pm EST from Husky Stadium.
Northwestern OC teaching MOE & NBT
Northwestern offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mick McCall helping quarterback Dan Persa by helping him understand MOE & NBT.
In the Wildcats’ spread offense, it’s important for Persa to know his “margin of error” and “next best thing.”
Persa, who leads the nation in passing efficiency, explains, "If you don't like something, go to the next best thing. Don't force anything. And know where you have your margin of error. On a sideline throw, throw it outside. Over the middle, throw it low. These are little things that click in your head that do help."
Persa is 38-44 passing with 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in two games.
McCall knows it’s important for Persa to stay healthy.
"You have to manage that guy because you can't get through the season with him getting blipped up," McCall said. "I would much rather have other guys run the football. If he needs to make something happen to get a first down and then slide or get out of bounds, that's what we'll do."
Northwestern travels to Rice this Saturday. Kick-off is set for 7 pm EST.
Friday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Tim Brewster talks Minnesota money: "(We are) spending enough money on football for me to win football games."
"We need to spend more money on football and basketball. That's a fact. I've talked at length to [athletic director Joel Maturi] about what we need to do to help take our football program forward. He understands we need to put more money into the football program. ... If we want to have championship success, we've got to get more involved with helping the football program."
Dan Mullen says he would call same 4 plays on GL against LSU last year: "I watched it over and over and over again. I guess because it didn't work I would second-guess myself, but if you put me in the exact situation, I would have called the same exact four plays with how that game was going at that point."
Pete Carroll wants Seahawks to be energetic & emotional: "We're really letting our guys know that we want them to be energetic, to be emotional about the way we bring our game to game day. I want them to feed off one another and to do that they have to let it out, and there's nothing wrong with that."
Lane Kiffin unhappy with Trojans preparation for Minnesota: “We've got a long ways to go. They need to understand that this is a very serious game and not take this opponent lightly because of what happened last week [when Minnesota lost, 41-38, to South Dakota], which doesn't mean anything Saturday."
"Our standards are so high because we are at 'SC and because we have high standards in general, coaches and players. I think everyone, including ourselves, forgets that it is our first year. We expect our players to have picked up three new systems. There's only one coach here from last year out of all the 10 coaches. We do sometimes forget that because we expect our guys to play great and never make mistakes in our new schemes."
Quoting Purdue head coach Danny Hope: “I'm not concerned with the statistics right now. We have great promise as a team, but we've got to make it happen. We're a work in progress, but we've got something to work with.”
Ruffin McNeill says ECU defensive improvement is coming: “It’s going to happen. With nine new starters, you can’t rush experience. There’s no substitute for it. You can’t make it up. You can put them in as many game situations as you can, but the reality of it is they have to go through it actually in a game, and the group has. And each week, they’ll get better.”
WVU OC Jeff Mullen describes Maryland defense: “They use two different styles. They play a gap controlled 4-man front and a zone pressure odd front. We just know they are a big, strong, fast, and physical…so we are going to have our hands full. I think change of speeds is important. We’ll still be a team that plays with and without tempo.”
(on criticisim) “I’ve learned something after being here three years. It don’t matter what you do, something is getting criticized. That much I know. Win, lose or draw. I don’t mean that in a negative way. In response to the criticism of the offensive line, something needs criticized. I’m going to get it; I’m OK with it. I wish it was more me than our players. It bothers me when our players get it because they’re college kids and more goes on than the eye sees.”
“Last year the same group led the Big East in rushing, had a 1,500-yard back, gave up the league low in sacks. This year Noel Devine has gone over 100 twice. We lead the league in offensive passing.”
Quoting Rick Neuheisel: "I think the most important thing for us is to realize that we are only two games into a 12-game schedule. While we are discouraged being 0-2, we can fix it as early as this week.”
"To fix it, you have to stack great practices together to have the freedom to play at your highest level on Saturdays and not worry if you are going to play at your highest level."
All-Access with Mack Brown
ESPN’s Pat Forde followed Mack Brown throughout the day of the Longhorn’s season-opener against Rice, a game the Longhorns won 34-17.
You can watch the All-Access video of Brown’s hotel speech and his post-game candid thoughts right here.
Interestingly, after a sub-par performance, Brown asked the team, "How much do you like being at Texas and like being a football player?”
He added, “Some of you like being at Texas more than you've earned the right to be here. I was embarrassed for myself. I was embarrassed for some of my coaches, not all. I was embarrassed for some of you players, not all. … It was kind of embarrassing.”
"Boy, I'm scared. I'm worried about this team. I'm worried about it. We've got some entitlement in this room. Got to get that fixed. Got some selfishness in this room. Got to get that fixed. This isn't Texas football.”
Texas is on the road at Texas Tech this Saturday night. Kick-off is set for 8:00 pm EST.
Thursday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Al Groh on the assumption GA Tech would handle the Kansas offense: "That's fantasy football; I just deal with what happened today. Coaches play the game that's played today. The rest is talk radio, those guys who have all the answers."
"I'm in charge of it. If there's any finger to be pointed, it's at me."
Zook happy with OC Paul Petrino: ''Everybody's bought into what we're doing, and that's 95 percent of the battle. He's a very thorough teacher. He makes sure you understand it, not only players but coaches. Everybody's on the same page. That's why we were better last week than we were the first week, and why we'll be better this week than we were last week.''
Monte Kiffin concerned about Minnesota offense “God-dang it” : “This quarterback, now, he’s in the process of breaking the all-time records of the University of Minnesota. Now, in 1960 in Minnesota with Murray Warmath, they won the Rose Bowl and the national championship. There’s a lot of records to be broken at the University of Minnesota. Now, this quarterback is breaking these records. I’m serious, god-dang it.”
“They got in a shootout and lost, but I’m telling you, offensively, they’re a god-danged good football team. This team last week was pretty good. This team’s better. I’m not making this stuff up. They put it on tape. Look at the tape. Look at the stats.”
Arkansas DC Willy Robinson says Hogs enter “man country” this week: “Now we go into man country. Now we go into the SEC. We’ve been working for it and working hard at it. That’s what we live for. Now it’s a different story. What’s happened in the past is in the past.”
Arizona State DC Craig Bray upset with defense: “We're not near as good as we need to be. We've underachieved for whatever reason, so this will be a good mark for us. We've acted bored. And you don't act like that if you want to be a great defense."
"I don't know what it is. I'm not sure a psychologist would know, either."
Dabo Swinney knows Clemson must be prepared to throw it: “We haven’t had the ball a whole lot and haven’t been challenged from a passing game standpoint. We’ve had some very big plays in the passing game, but that game where we go and have to throw it 30-35 times, it’s coming.”
Larry Fedora unsure of what to expect from Kansas defense: “Offensively for us, from the two films we have gotten, the first game was a two-back, two-tight end set offense that was just running and pounding the ball. The second game was an option team (Georgia Tech), so for the offense, we really do not have anything to go off of on film and that’s frustrating.”
“Its almost like it’s the first game of the season and you have to go into it not having any idea what they are going to do. It has been a little tough on the offense as we are game-planning trying to figure out what they are going to be when they get in the game. Neither of those two teams threw the ball much against them but hopefully we can change that.”
Wednesday night Coaches Quick Hits
Mike Riley compares Louisville game to Super Bowl: "It's hard for me to believe that anybody from inside our place would ever think of this as a trap game. This is our Super Bowl. We really have to play our best every week."
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Cutcliffe preparing for Alabama: "Somebody asked me the other day, said fans just want to keep it respectable. Well I understand that mentality. I don't fault them for thinking like that, but we can't think that way.”
"I don't like to lose. But losing and having someone whip your rear end are at times different. If someone's capable of whipping you, then they're gonna have to take it from you. What we still do, and it's my responsibility – I don't like giving anybody anything. I haven't gotten anywhere in life doing that, and I don't expect our squad to do that."
Gus Malzahn explains slower tempo: "We did go slower. There were a couple factors: We were on the road, we've got a new quarterback. I wanted to make sure our communication was good. We wanted to be smart and to do whatever gave us the best chance to win the game."
"We're going to do what we do. We still want to play fast and score points. I think one of the things that is really good with this offense is the flexibility in the offense is there. It doesn't matter what pace we have to go at.”
Tuberville on Texas Tech’s white helmets vs. New Mexico: “We have mannequins we put all the uniforms on. They had one of them with all white. I said, ‘You know, that looks pretty good.’ Players liked it. When you’re on the road, traditional white looks nice, I think. To me, if you look at all the teams across the country, the tradition is white. We’re a black helmet team. That might be the only time we do it this year.”
Dantonio not pleased with Spartans’ perimeter tackling: "We did not tackle as well this week on the perimeter. I saw some missed tackles. I saw some big hits and they ran through those."
Urban Meyer talks about stopping Tennessee run game: “We’re looking at some big personnel … We’re going to have some big people on the field because I think they’re real clear with what they want to do to you. They want to give the ball to that great back and pound it. They got a real big offensive line, so we have to be able to spend a lot of time on that this week in practice.”
Skip Holtz likes 1 lone kick-off returner: "You're flirting with the sidelines. You may get more squibs and pooches and those type of things, which I look at as a field-position win for our kickoff return team. We play the game not by return yards but by field position."