Duke head coach David Cutcliffe believes the Blue Devils are close and he knows what has to happen to produce more wins.
During a radio interview on Thursday, Cutcliffe said, “I know we’re better. We just have to produce wins. That’s the bottom line.”
“We played well last year, (but) we didn’t win. We lost five ACC football games that we very easily could have won, three by five points, one by six, and one by ten at Georgia Tech when we were leading but managed to throw a pick-six.”
“We have to take care of the football and we certainly have to play better defense. If we can do those things and do them much better, we can have a really fine football team.”
Cutcliffe is hoping for a much improved season from quarterback Sean Renfree, who threw 17 interceptions a year ago.
Cutcliffe explained about Renfree, “It’s a mental thing. Not trying to win games. Shaun is really athletic and people don’t know it. I want him to relax. When are they going to turn the corner. He takes that personally and is out there trying to win games on every possession. You can’t play quarterback like that. He has matured. He’s watched hours of more film. He’s watched those seventeen interceptions. I think he has a much better grip on who he is and how to go about winning football games as a quarterback.”
Last year, Duke hosted Alabama at Wallace-Wade Stadium. The Crimson Tide won 62-13. Cutcliffe, who is usually one of the best in preparing for marquee games, seemed disappointed with himself in the preparation for Alabama.
This year, the Stanford Cardinal will travel to Duke in week #2.
Cutcliffe said, “A year ago, Alabama came to town and we laid an egg. I think I underestimated the emotions. We were drained before we ever played the game. I just didn’t manage, it was kinda normal for me, but that’s what I’ve done my entire career. Our team was just spent. I think we’re better equipped this time and I think we’ll play really well against Stanford.”