Most everyone would agree that Cutcliffe has done a terrific job in his first three seasons at Duke. He has certainly raised the level of the program, created excitement, stopped a revolving door of assistant coaches leaving the program, and raised attendance. At one point, Duke even had a three-game winning streak in the ACC.
For a coach so use to winning in his career however, Cutcliffe wasn’t in the mood to sugar-coat much on Wednesday. It didn’t take him long to get to the bottom line during a press conference.
Cutcliffe admitted, “I don’t care about the statistics. I don’t care that we’re more athletic. I’m happy for our players. I’m happy for our staff. All you have to do is go out there and watch us practice, it’s incredible the job people here have done, players and this coaching staff.”
He then added point blank, “What we have to do is figure out how to win games.”
Cutcliffe has spent countless hours in the off-season pinpointing the formula that will give Duke the best opportunity to legitimately win. He is hopeful the defense will be better, but it may have to be the offense that takes things upon their shoulders.
“Offensively, we were okay to good at explosives (last year). We are a pretty good team throwing the football. I think we can be better. We are decent at driving the football. The best way for us to produce 10 more points a game, and that’s a lot, I’m talking about average 10 more points per game, would be to create more explosives, big plays. We have some people that can do that.”
Duke opens the season by hosting Richmond. The rest of the non-conference schedule includes Stanford, Tulane, and at FIU. The ACC home schedule includes FSU, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech.