Sunday May 2, 2010
Quoting Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz:"These guys (rookies) thought they were practicing hard. Our pace is generally three times as fast as what these guys were going through. . . . They didn't really have a feeling of where they need to be to be in shape. They think they're in good shape, and they have no idea once they get here."
Quoting Lane Kiffin: "I think in the spring it's too hard to evaluate where you're going to be when you start playing games because we don't have our new guys here. A number of those new guys, with our depth issues, need to come in and play. ...
"But I know this: We're a long ways away from a championship team. So we've got a lot of work to do."
Quoting Jimbo Fisher: "The traditions and values of things aren't going to change. But the approach we take is going to change some. Because we have to develop these kids in all aspects of their life. Not just on the field. And we have to do that also. But we have to build the support systems around them. And we can't keep doing things the same way."
"You have to get out there and interact. Just like you do in recruiting, you have to do it with the people ... it's your lifeline. Players and boosters."
"We know we can get there. But we haven't been there. And there's been some issues and I think that's helped me sell my message as far as that we have to change. We're not that far away. But we do have change some small things and some major things."
Quoting ULM strength coach John Greico: "In my opinion, you've got four coordinators," Grieco said. "There's the offense, defense, special teams and you have a guy that takes good care of the kids year round. You have a different role in that young person's life. They lean on us for mentors and try to help them through situations. I tell them all the time in the 14 years I've been doing this guys have came in and laughed and cried."
Quoting Clemson DC Kevin Steele: "Dominate your opponent every play as an individual. Eleven guys dominating their opponent. You'll have a bad play. That's a fact of life, but if there are 65 plays in the game and collectively you dominated for 57 plays, then you see domination."
"There are positives there. This is a different team [than 2009]. You can't go back and compare anything that is relative to what some people get excited about externally. What we're trying to accomplish is we're trying to become a dominating defense week in and week out. Simply put - it means if you come into Death Valley, you've got a hard day's work, a real hard day's work. And it should get to where it's an impossible task. When you go on the road, a lot of things can happen on the road and sometimes people overlook that."
"But the bottom line is that you can't go on the road and flounder - defensively - against a team that you're supposed to be better than. We have to make sure we address that. The process of it is learn your trade, learn what you're supposed to do and how you're supposed to do it and have accountability to do it every play with the mindset to dominate. That's it in a nutshell."