Leach: The run game is like horse racing, you want value
After struggling in the run game against a senior heavy BYU defensive line (gaining -5 yards on 16 attempts), Mike Leach was asked after practice yesterday if he had a specific target in mind for rushing yardage.
After pointing out that yards per carry is a more important statistic to him, and that they led conferences in that statistic during many of his previous coaching stops, Leach noted that they want good value out of run plays, similar to betting on horses.
Nice D-III hype video
Nice hype video here from King's College (D-III - PA) that they used for their week 1 matchup.
King's lost last week to William Paterson in a hard fought 9-3 battle. The loss marks the third straight season that they've lost to William Paterson by seven points or less.
The highlight covers everything from the Lion's great moments from last season, to the off season weight program, to fall camp. And from the looks of it, it seems that they had a very spirited fall camp.
Rex Ryan explains why his bold predictions are in the past
In his first few seasons in New York, it seems that you could always count on Rex Ryan coming out and making a bold prediction or two, but that has become nonexistent in the past season or so.
As Ryan explained to ESPN Radio New York, the decision to no longer make those type of statements came down to something that he learned from talking to some of his current and former players.
"With me, each time you kind of look at where can I improve and all of that stuff. I’ve mentioned this before about when I would make those statements I thought it would come down on me, that if it never worked then the pressure was on me and not my players."
"As you find out later, even talking to some of the players, guys that I really respect and guys that no longer play, their point was different, that actually it was a burden to them." Ryan explained.
"I never saw it and I was probably the only guy that never thought it would put added pressure on them but it did so I certainly don’t want to do that. Obviously I had pressure on me and that’s fine, that’s where I want the pressure to be. I want our players to play fast and free and get after it without having that added burden on them."
"I will put the burden on myself but because of the fact that I felt like it wasn’t just putting a burden on me it was putting a burden on them and that’s why I won’t make those predictions no matter how much I believe it.”
Sunday at 1, Ryan and the Jets welcome Buffalo to the Big Apple. The game can be seen on CBS.
How Todd Graham teaches team to avoid penalties
During his radio show Monday night, Todd Graham was asked how he teaches the Sun Devils to avoid penalties.
"We teach our players how the officials officiate the game." Graham explained.
"In other words, we teach them in each formation, 'What is the head linesman looking at?' We actually bring Pac-12 officials into our meeting rooms and the umpire goes over the offensive line: Here's what I'm looking at, here's what I'm looking for. Here are the no-nos."
"For instance, on kick-off returns. If you're blocking on kick-off return and the guy passes you and you chase him, that's what they're looking for. You touch that guy and it's going to be a penalty. So we try to educate and teach them the rules. Then, also perception is reality. When our players are out there, the only thing the umpire should hear them say is, 'Yes, sir.'"
We are aware of a number of the larger programs that do this; but interested to know how many other programs out there do something similar?
"We missed two tackles the whole game, we missed 100 in 4 games last year"
As we all know, one stat that's not officially kept track of, but is important to head coaches and defensive coordinators is missed tackles.
During his presser yesterday, Dave Doeren noted an interesting improvement along those lines, after having a chance to review the film.
"You know, I think we missed two tackles the entire game. On defense, I think we missed maybe a hundred in the first four games combined last year."
That's an interesting statistic.
Normally, while breaking down film, you can point out a play or two that had a huge impact on the outcome of the game. Against the Hawkeyes, Doeren can think of about 20 plays that could have been game changers.
"You know, when you lose a game like that, there's always one play. In that game, there were probably 20 plays that if you had over, maybe the game goes the other way. Whether it's a call you didn't make or made as a coach or a kick that barely went in, or a read that you didn't make right at quarterback, or a check you could have made better on defense. There's always one thing that could've possibly changed the outcome."
Saturday, the Huskies welcome Tennessee-Martin, who are fresh off a 20-17 win over Memphis. The Huskies enter the game on a 15 game home winning streak.
Relentless episode highlighting Penn State week
Watching Ohio and Penn State battle it out on Saturday, we thought to ourselves, "This week's episode of Relentless is going to be good."
...and it doesn't disappoint. Once again, very well put together with footage of Frank Solich addressing the team before kickoff and plenty of good game action.
"The punch that knocks you out is the one you didn't see coming"
After beating Troy 31-17 last season, Mark Hudspeth and the Ragin' Cajuns have a feeling this game has been circled on Troy's schedule, and they aren't expecting to come in and be able to use the element of suprise to beat the Trojans this weekend.
"Joe Frazier once said, 'The punch that knocks you out is the one that you didn't see coming.' So I'm sure that was the case last year, they hadn't had any trouble with us in the past." he explained.
The match up will also act as a reunion of sorts with Troy offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield on the other sideline. Edenfield served as Hudspeth's offensive coordinator for seven years at North Alabama where the two put up some impressive offensive numbers, set numerous school records, and made deep runs into the Division II playoffs on a consistent basis.
Hudspeth noted that his staff's familiarity with Edenfield and the Troy staff sometimes makes it more difficult to game plan for them because their similarities in beliefs and schemes makes them over think themselves on occasion.
NFL season kicks off - Wednesday TV
Dallas takes on the Giants tonight to kick start the NFL season. Football is officially in full swing.
Eastern time listed.
Dallas at NY Giants - 8:30 - NBC