Kelly wants no distractions, McGee wants Mallett to understand run game
Chip Kelly all about avoiding distractions: "We don't deal with outside expectations. I've had people tell me last Saturday was a statement win. It wasn't a statement win for anybody on this football team. I can tell you that. We expected to win that football game. We don't let people govern us from the outside, whether we're losing and people say we're not supposed to win games, or we're winning and people say we're supposed to be winning by that much."
"If you go to Dairy Queen every day and get a Blizzard, the Blizzard doesn't taste as good on the sixth day, you know what I mean? If you get one once a week, or once every two weeks," it tastes better.”
Arkansas OC / quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee talks about running game problems: “We’ve tried to get committed to a core run game and get our kids to concentrate on our run schemes and run to the ball with their pads lower and accept the contact, and not run away from contact. All the small details that go into building a run game we’ve tried to go back to this off-week. Part of it is Ryan Mallett has to get us out of bad plays. If we’ve got a play called and it’s a bad look, and they’ve got extra guys, we’ve got to change it. Our quarterback has the ability and freedom to change it. It’s a part of playing quarterback for us. He has not done that at times in each game."
“I do know we’ve got good kids. They’re willing learners and they want to do good. They’re not fighting it so I have a feeling you’ll see some of the work we’ve put in the last week come to life.”
ULL head coach Ricky Bustle concerned about Oklahoma State tempo: "Middle Tennessee was an up-tempo team and caught us off-guard a couple of times. So we've seen it already and learned from our mistakes. If you think Middle Tennessee is fast, wait until you see Oklahoma State."
"If we can't stop the running game, we are going to have problems."
Paul Johnson’s response upon hearing a lineman say “we all need to get on the same page” : “Maybe it’s just me, but I get tired of hearing that stuff. If you’re supposed to block a linebacker, there’s only one page to get on.”
Mississippi State OC Les Koenning says Relf’s job tied to ball security: "He has to realize that's part of his life - ball security, job security. If it wasn't for turnovers, we'd be in really good shape."
Ole Miss DC Tyrone Nix looks to address pass-rush during BYE week: "We're just trying to give guys an opportunity to show flashes and see if they can make a play for us, especially in passing situations. Who's the guy who gives us the best chance to get pressure on the quarterback?"
Cam Newton compliments Gus Malzahn: "During recruiting, he mentioned that he and I have to be very close, that I had to start trusting him. I trust Coach Malzahn, that he has my best interests. Anything he tells me, I’m going to try to do it 110 percent. That’s not only my position coach, not only my offensive coordinator, but my father figure away from home. A person like that, he’s a great leader to look to. I’m striving to be good every day because of him."
Tressel and Petersen talk philosophy, Al Groh downplays UVA story
Jim Tressel’s office philosophy: "We have a saying with our players that nothing good happens past 10 (p.m.). That's fairly well-documented. We have a saying with our coaches that any idea after 10 won't work. And that's pretty well-documented."
Chris Petersen talks about creativity: "After meeting a few times, I had an epiphany. Bam! I started realizing game-plan wise, there wasn't enough creativity. I started looking at things a different way. We need structure, we need order, we need schedules and we need our system taught a certain way. But within that there needs to be a creativity to keep growing, to keep the energy and the enthusiasm. What new wrinkles do we need to make us better? I think that's one of the reasons we're not afraid to take chances and do different things. We have to do that to be who we are."
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Al Groh downplays game against Virginia: "This is the eighth time I've coached against the team that I've previously coached for, including doing it against Virgina once before (when he was head coach at Wake Forest). I have the veteran professional's perspective on that.”
"I'm not sentimental about institutions. I'm sentimental about people. I have a great affection for so many players and coaches who were part of our successes and they continue to be among my best friends and the most admired people in the whole world. Those relationships have remained where I happened to reside. Those are the things I remember the most and mean the most to me."
"We do what we do, especially since we are in the process of installing our system of a radical change right now which really throws our compass off. Clearly, the advantage is on the Virginia side. I say that because one, I taught our defense that we are doing here to the head coach and to the secondary coach. They have all my play books and all my cut-ups. Those two coaches and the linebackers coach have sat through endless hours with me discussing defense, making game plans, and analyzing our performance. There is no dilemma or no secret analyzing how Al Groh thinks."
San Diego State DC Rocky Long talks about progress: “When you understand the scheme a little better and play harder, you get better. I think we’ve added some talent; we’re playing a lot of redshirt freshmen in the secondary and at linebacker who’ve been in the scheme for a year, which helps some. But it’s mostly veteran players deciding to play harder and try harder.”
“Here, I don’t think it has anything to do with coaching. It has to do with the players responding. We’re maturing. This was foreign to them. We’re pretty complex. It’s totally speed and quickness. Every once in a while you might run into a team that’s big and strong — it could be this week — that wants to go shoe-to-shoe with you and mash you. But, with the spread offenses, few teams just run the ball now.”
Mike Stoops concerned about Oregon State: "The immediate concerns are stopping the two Rodgers brothers, and understanding Oregon St., how dangerous they are in the as an opponent.This is going to be an important game in deciding the outcome of the Pac-10 championship." "I think it’s important that we get out to a better start than we did two weeks ago against Cal."
Steve Addazio says moving Pouncy is ridiculous: "Change for what? Absolutely not. Are you kidding me? We're talking about a first-round draft pick, the best offensive lineman in America and a phenomenal football player and the leader on this football team. Unequivocally, that never even entered the realm of possibility."
You think Kirby Smart knew the jump-pass was coming? See the 1:13 mark:
Neuheisel stunned, Erickson frustrated, Spurrier talks Ryder Cup
Rich Neuheisel stunned about Stanford & LSU poll rankings: “That doesn’t make any sense to me. For Stanford against maybe one of the more explosive teams in recent history and to be in the game, I think at one point they were ahead 21-3, and to fall like that and for LSU to stay at No. 12, no disparaging remarks towards LSU, shoot they found a way to win the game, but they beat Tennessee and Tennessee the week before was in double overtime against (Alabama-) Birmingham. But that’s kind of the bias that the West Coast kind of feels.”
“The Alabama-Florida game got all kinds of notoriety but by the end of the score it didn’t seem like it was quite the game it had been built up to be. It was built up but other than Alabama against Penn State who had they played? And yet it was built as this monster rivalry. Certainly both programs are proud programs and deserve all the recognition, but I think we award things before it needs to be awarded. But certainly the Pac-10 has no apologies to anybody for being where we are as a conference. ”
Dennis Erickson frustrated with being close, turnovers, and red zone offense: "Obviously there's frustration when you lose that many games in a row, very close games, but being close doesn't do it. We do some good things during football games, but our lack of consistency on both sides, doesn't do it. ... It's solvable, there's no question about it. A lot of it is mental mistakes we make in coverage. Missed tackles."
"Offensively, it's a pretty simple statistic. We're last, or either close to last, in the country in turnovers. It's a stat that if you're on the losing end -- whether it's high school or in the National Football League -- you're not going to win. The red-zone problems everyone asks about it ... our problem in the red zone is we're making it too many mistakes. Throwing it to the wrong spot. We had a bad snap. We're not finishing drives."
Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe describes quarterback situation, says “impossible” to be consistent: "Sky [Jones] has turf toe. He looked good last night, but we didn't ask him to do a whole lot. Tanner Price is back right now, and that's a good thing. It looks like Brendan Cross has a sore non-throwing shoulder, and Ted Stachitas will be out. Right now it looks like Tanner Price and Sky Jones going into this Saturday."
"It's impossible. It's not a tough job, it's an impossible job. One of the things that you worry about is the amount of reps you give guys during the week. Last week we gave each quarterback a third of the reps because we didn't know who would be the best guy in the game or who would be the most durable, and as it turned out, we needed all three."
Interesting quotes from Steve Spurrier today: “If you watched Texas against Oklahoma last Saturday, athlete-wise I don't think Texas is close to Alabama now. I think Alabama's athletes compared to Texas's are a pretty huge difference in strength and speed and so forth.”
“Our goal is to be very competitive and see if a good break or two can't happen for us as we go through the game. It should be a fun day in Columbia. It's the first big sellout of this year. Obviously Alabama helps do that. They helped all my buddies at Duke.”
“In my 30 years of coaching quarterbacks, I never taught one to slide feet first. We taught our guys to protect themselves, get what you can and get down.”
“We (Saban) first coached against each other in 2000 to 2001. Those were two of the good offenses we had at Florida. We looked like we were a lot smarter than he was those two games. Recently he's a lot smarter than I was last year, lets put it that way. Who knows who'll be the smartest this year. I read something interesting in the paper about the Ryder Cup teams. One writer said whoever wins the Ryder Cup, that captain will be considered between John Wooden and Vince Lombardi. The loser will be considered like an SEC football coach after a loss. That's just the way it is. As coaches we all know that. Of course sometimes you can win and still be a dummy. We've learned that recently. Anyway that's part of coaching we all accept. The winner is a smart guy and the loser is a guy looking for help somewhere.”
Chip Kelly says Ducks preparing against a vision: "We prepare against a vision, and we'll go out and compete against that vision Saturday, and that's what it's all about. (What others say) shouldn't really influence how you practice and how you prepare.''
Chizik realizes weakness, says Auburn tried to get Cam Newton experience as a pocket-passer last week: “There were times in the game where Cam could've made some better choices and he knows that and I think he was disappointed in some of the choices he made as a pocket passer, but I think that was invaluable experience. One great think about Cameron is that he is a very smart player. He understands when he makes a mistake and the value of not doing it twice. I think he experienced a little bit of that Saturday."
Quoting Derek Dooley: “Look guys, don’t forget what I said. We could have controlled the outcome of the game despite everything that happened, and I won’t back down from that because it’s true. For us to say, ‘We could have, we should have, if they did that ...,’ we’re not being true to ourselves.”
“We could have done better. And a championship team, if we’re going to win championships, that’s what we’ve got to do. That’s the standard.”
Turner Gills defends 2 policies, George O'Leary calls meeting "garbage"
Turner Gill says cell-phone and no women after 10 pm policies could affect recruiting: “I guess it could. But we can explain it. It’s not that big of a deal.”
“We’re just trying to teach them discipline. I’m not going to get into all the details … on our team policies and those things. But everything we do is about disciplining our guys and preparing for life with football and without football.”
“It’s really just a situation of trying to teach guys how to do things the proper way and be respectful to women and be respectful to everything that we do in our society. It’s teaching people all about the things of life.”
George O’Leary calls players-only team meeting “garbage” : “That’s garbage. That’s garbage I don’t know why they do that. I was having a meeting right after it and stuff. It concerns me that they have to do something like that to remind them that we have a whole season to play. That bothers me as a head coach. When players call meetings, as a head coach, that’s for show. That’s nothing.”
UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taafe moving to sideline to help freshman QB: “Coach O'Leary felt like he needed me to be there to talk with Jeff. I've done it both ways. I've been up in the box most of the time recently, but I think that's a good idea. I'll have a chance to settle him down a little bit and be able to talk to him."
Dabo Swinney praises DeQuan Bowers: “DeQuan Bowers is playing as well as anyone in the country.”
Carl Pelini expects “old-time Big Eight football” type of game at K-State: He keeps you off-balance. He's got enough option mixed in there. The wildcat. The throwing game ... They're a pretty balanced football team and create balance in very imaginative ways. Just look at formations and personnels and how he bounces around."
"They're very physical, very well-coached. Technique wise, they're as good as anyone we've played. It's going to be a hard-nosed, hard-hitting football game, with two teams hitting each other square in the mouth. It's going to come down to fundamental football. I can't emphasize that enough with our guys. It's about getting off blocks. Being good tacklers. Controlling the line of scrimmage -- old-time, Big Eight football."
Quoting Art Briles: "We have a team that feels pretty confident in what they're doing on the football field, and we have to understand that the reason they've been able to do that is the high level of practice and play on Saturday. If you have confidence, it helps with your production a lot of times. So we've got to make sure that we use what we have going for us right now."
"Like we've said all along, field position, turnovers and momentum determine the winner of the football game. If we can keep that margin in our favor, we'll have a lot of smiley faces, because that helps a lot."
UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck wants to run the football better: "We need to play better. It's nothing really more than that. We need to come off the ball and get bodies on bodies and be consistent."
Mike Price wants UTEP fans to affect Rice communication: "They make all their offensive calls from the sideline, they yell it out to the players on the field. If you want to help UTEP football, come Saturday night and scream and yell when they have the ball. Fans can be a factor; they can help a lot. This place can really help against this team. The crowd being aggressive can help us win."
Female caller advises Mark Richt on radio show, Richt agrees
Jill, from Hoscton, had a little advice for Mark Richt during the call-in segment of Richt’s Monday night radio show.
According to Marc Weiszer of the Athens-Banner Herald, Jill voiced her opinion that Richt ought to lead the team out of the tunnel on game day just like Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban do for their respective teams.
Richt responded, “You make a good point. What I’m going to do here, Jill, is I’m going to lead the pack coming out of the tunnel, OK? I hope I don’t pull a hamstring and I hope they don’t run me over.”
In hopes of jump starting his team, Richt made a big change to Monday’s typical light practice. Instead, the Bulldogs went full pads and turned up the intensity with a physical practice.
“We hadn’t been blocking and tackling real good, so we decided to have a little spring ball today,” Richt said. “We decided to put the pads on and get after it.”
UGA hosts Tennessee on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 12:21 pm EST on the SEC-Network. You can see the entire Week #6 TV Schedule right here.
Best coaching performances of Week 5
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Bielema on texts, Petersen on polls, Butch Davis' apology
Bret Bielema’s response once hearing Dantonio sent multiple texts to DC Pat Narduzzi during game on Saturday: "When they changed the policy in regard to instant replay, I actually wanted to know if we could get feedback from people outside the stadium, whether or not to review a play. I inquired at the time. That's how I knew that you could not receive or give phone calls or text messages."
Chris Petersen responds to dropping in polls: “To me, wait until December, and then it’s news whether this conversation is even worth having. As we all know, there is going to be a lot of things happening between now and then. Do you put a chip on your shoulder with ‘We’re only No. 4.’ That’s not where we’re going with that. We just need to get better and it will all work out.”
Butch Davis apologizes for trusting John Blake: “I am very sorry that all of this stuff has tainted the football program and, as the head football coach, I take a tremendous amount of responsibility for all the football-related issues. I’m the head guy, OK? I’m sorry it has affected the football program. But I’m going to tell you what I’m more sorry about: I’m sorry that I trusted John Blake.”
Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild says Rams are inept on offense: "On offense, it was obvious that we were inept. We didn't function at all during the course of the game. And obviously there was some poor coaching, which I take the responsibility for. There was some very poor calls and planning on my part. And sometimes your running back needs to break a tackle and make some yards.”
Mack Brown wants passion from players: "We've got to play with that heart and passion and desire each week. If we played that way against UCLA, it could've been a different outcome. We're not the type of team this year that can go out there and not play our best and win. We have to play our best."
Rich Rod knows Michigan is winning ugly: “The main thing is to win, and we've won. It's like winning a prize and winning $10,000 and being all upset because you have to pay taxes on half of it. Still going to take the money, you know, and be happy with it and move on. It may not be as exciting as taking the whole money, but you're still taking half or more.”
“I don't have to look at them to know where our problems are. We have to play better. Some of the problems didn't happen overnight and won't be solved overnight, no matter what we do. Some of them we've got to try to solve in a hurry and get as good as we can be and the rest of it, we will solve as time goes on.”
Schiano not changing practice routine following 17-14 loss to Tulane: "There wasn't a lack of intensity. There was a lack of execution, the attention to details and those types of things. We have strong beliefs on how we practice and we'll continue to do that. It has worked over the years everywhere I've been. We just need to execute and executions comes down to a lot of things -- mental, physical and emotional.''
Supreme Court rules in favor of USC: The Supreme Court let stand a trademark ruling that said USC owns the sole rights to the interlocking, "SC" letters that are one of the school's logos. The court turned down an appeal from the University of South Carolina, which also wanted to sell sports merchandise with an "SC" logo.
Mike London coaching against Al Groh this weekend: "It's not personally awkward. I've been coaching college ball for a long time now, and I know that (Groh) knows this is the reality of the profession of the business. It's the storyline if you say the fact that we were both here at the same time, but to me, I've told the players this is a game where the University of Virginia is playing Georgia Tech, and it's our second conference game. That's the way that we're going to approach it, and that's the way we look at it.”
Steve Sarkisian says UW played without fear: "I thought our team in general played in the absence of fear,'' he said. "We weren't worried about losing, we weren't worried about making a mistake. I just thought we played football. You could see it in Jake (Locker's) game, but I thought we also saw it in our team's demeanor. On the sidelines, even when things went bad, even after the fumble by Jake, our kids were loose. We weren't concerned; we just played. That's the best mentality for us to be in right now.''
“What he had to endure from that Saturday of Nebraska, and two weeks following would be tough on anybody from a psyche standpoint. I thought he responded in beautiful fashion, and played a ballgame that was, in my opinion, a legendary one, at least in these parts.''
Weird stuff from Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder: “I live 2 minutes and 45 seconds from the office, so I can get here pretty quickly. I only eat one meal a day, and that is late, late at night. But I always have done that. It upsets my doctor. But it is the way I have done it. When I first coached, I ate a lot of vegetables. My wife wasn't going to stay up that late to cook for me, so I found you could put water in the microwave and steam vegetables in a heartbeat. I have gotten away from that.”
Tuberville: We're not a bowl team right now, I promise you.
Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville indicated the Red Raiders’ offense will have to carry the load the rest of the way.
Coming off a 52-38 loss at Iowa State, Tuberville said on Monday, “We’re not a bowl team right now, I promise you. By looking at how we played? Nah. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
“We’re going to be as good as our offense. We knew that going into the season. But our special teams can be very good also. The potential of our defense, I think we’ve got a chance to be a factor defensively. We’re not going to be able to win a lot of games defensively just by ourself. That’s not going to happen.”
“Offensively, we’re not going to get a lot better. When you’ve got 500 yards on offense and score 38 points in basically two and a half quarters, that’s a pretty good day — and from not having any turnovers. Now, I think there’s a chance for us to have more yards and more points in games, but some of it’s going to have to come off of a short field and more consistency out of the kicking game.”
“We’re getting schemed pretty good (by opposing defenses). Everybody knows this offense. They’ve coached against these receivers. This offense is pretty much the same in the passing game of what everybody’s seen the last eight, nine years.”
Texas Tech hosts Baylor this weekend.