The key to slowing down a hurry up offense
When Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman met with the media on Monday to recap the Aggies 48-7 win over Stephen F. Austin, Sherman talked about the importance of an up-tempo offense.
Sheman stated, “The key component in this game is that we wanted to run 100 plays.” Amazingly, the Aggies finished with 99 offensive snaps.
With the Aggies' up-tempo style of play, Stephen F. Austin tried an unusual way to slow down the game. Check out the video:
Shannon: UM players in awe of D-Wade & A-Rod, won't be of The Horseshoe
During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Randy Shannon described this week’s game at Ohio State as just another game.
Shannon also thinks his players won't be in awe of the atmosphere, citing Miami players see guys like A-Rod, D-Wade, and the Wayans brothers.
Asked if his players would be in awe of the traditions at Ohio State once inside The Horseshoe, Shannon responded, “I’m not sure but I don’t think so. I think the thing that when you’ve been at Miami, that you see so much, you see a lot of traditions in small towns and little cities like Ohio State, Florida, like guys like you mentioned Tim, but it’s not enamored with it because when you see when you go out you may see an Alex Rodriguez, or one of the Wayans brothers down, and you may see Dwayne Wade. Those are like big name guys. When you go to places like Ohio State, Michigan, places like that…it’s great to play there, but you’ve been in awe already, and I think it kind of helps us out being in Miami that you’ve been in those situations.”
“It’s just another game. It’s no different. They are going to be ready to play. They (UM players) were excited about playing Florida A&M. The great teams always have the mentality of ‘I got to play to my standards.’”
“The difference will be probably be the noise crowd. You can no matter what happens, you can’t assimilate that in practice at all. I mean, that’s just totally different. That will probably be a factor, but it won’t last long because all the matters is what happens on the field after that.”
There is no script for a first-time head coach
Overall, it’s refreshing to listen to Willie Taggart’s optimism about the future of Western Kentucky’s football program. As a first-year head coach, Taggart has been very straight-forward, honest, and optimistic about his team.
Regarding his first head coaching experience, Taggart said, "It was surreal. To be honest, I didn't know what to do. I was asking myself what the head coach is supposed to do. I just ran out with the guys and said, 'Let's go have some fun. That's what I'm going to do as a head coach -- just go have some fun."
"Before I gave the team our pregame speech, I had to take a minute and breathe a little bit. But to be honest, it was like another football game for me. I was calling some plays and making some decisions -- a whole lot more decisions than I made before."
Following the 49-10 loss at Nebraska, Taggart, however, expressed his concern about the tackling from his defense.
Taggart said, “They ran the same offense they ran in the bowl game. We just got to tackle. We missed a lot of tackles. That guy got a lot of yards because we missed tackles. You missed tackles, that’s what going to happen. We gotta get better tackling. We’re going to get better tackling.”
“Our goal was to make them earn everything they get. We didn’t do that. We gave up some big plays.”
One of the bright sides for WKU was rushing of tailback Bobby Rainey, who rushed for 155 yards on 30 carries in the loss to Nebraska.
That prompted Bo Pelini to say, "We were sloppy. We didn't make calls. We didn't get lined up. We didn't play well. I can't say one thing that I liked on the defensive side."
WKU travels to Kentucky this weekend.
Chip Kelly: It's not like it's our first rodeo
Oregon travels to Knoxville this weekend to play the Vols in front of 100,000+ fans.
Chip Kelly, however, knows he has an experience team that has been in some hostile atmospheres.
Kelly says, “We go on the road so we are going to be the away team. It’s going to be loud. It’s the same way if we go up to Husky stadium, down to USC or where are going to Neyland.”
Kick-off is set for 7 pm EST on ESPN 2.
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Spurrier: All we know is we can play with 'em
Steve Spurrier knows the Gamecocks' game against Georgia is pivotal in the SEC Eastern division.
Spurrier said today, “Hopefully this is first of a lot of big games this year for us.”
In recent years, the game has been close (41-37 UGA), (14-7 UGA), (South Carolina 16-12), (Georgia 18-0), (South Carolina 17-15).
Spurrier explained, “Rehashing those games doesn’t do any good. We’re not going to dwell on that. All we know is we can play with ‘em. If we want to win, we know we got to play better. The prior games have no bearing on this one. We’re going to try to make more plays than Georgia on Saturday.”
“One thing that concerns us this week is special teams play. We need to make sure it’s pretty good. They can make some big plays.”
“The quarterback that plays the best with the fewest mistakes will probably win it. We hope to get Connor in their in the first half again, I don’t know.”
“Georgia is somewhat returning to what they did in the past. Run and play good defense.”
“I think our fans have been instrumental, for three quarter (last week) at least. I think we all almost went to sleep there in the fourth quarter. I think you gotta have feeling that good things are going to happen for you.”
Kick-off is set for 1 pm EST on ESPN 2.
Bronco praises coordinator: I have not been in a defensive meeting all camp
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall thinks the conditioning level of his team helped the Cougars defeat Washington 23-17. Mendenhall also spoke highly of his defensive coordinator Jaime Hill and praised the way his two quarterbacks are “working together.”
(on the two QB’s) "Right now, there is zero friction. And I think they are really sincere and authentic in how they are working together. It is an awesome thing. It is really fun for me to see. I don't think many places that can happen.”
"Jaime Hill, I thought he called a great game. A couple of the fourth down stops, and to get what he got out of our defensive players in the first game, I was really impressed with the job he did. I have not been in a defensive meeting all fall camp. So I have been focusing on special teams. So it was fun to be able to delegate completely, do something else, and have that side come through. So I am happy for the defense."
(on the team’s conditioning level)"I think it could have been, and maybe that contributed to, it looked like we played, in my opinion, we played with more energy. It looked like we held our conditioning, and gained momentum in the second half. That might have been attributed to how the first half ended. But it looked to me as the game went on that we were better conditioned. That's just my assumption. That's not belittlling our opponent. As I saw the momentum shifting, it looked like we were handling the pace at a higher level than our opponent. So I hope that comes out right."
(on coaching the kick-off team himself) "Absolutely. One of the reasons that I am coaching the kickoff team, and structuring the special teams emphasis, was knowing that we are going to need it, because of our relative youth. I don't know how fast we can get our execution to go, so field position has to be something we win. And I think that played out today, just from an overall execution."
BYU is on the road the next two weeks....at Air Force and at Florida State.
Navy coach blames himself, explains situations
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo blames himself for the decision to go for the win.
Following the 17-14 loss, Niumatalolo said, "It was probably a bad call on my part to go for it at the end. The biggest fault was my fault. We could have kicked and put it into overtime and see what happens. Bad decision.”
"Everyone in the country knows what we're going to do. It's not like it's been a new deal," Niumatalolo said. "He did it on another one and scored. He was ready to score another one when he fumbled. There's no secret what we're going to do. We're going to put the ball in our best player's hands and live with it."
Navy ran 82 plays compared to Maryland's 39 plays. The Midshipmen outgained the Terps 485 to 272 yards.
Niumatalolo added, "They beat us in a lot of facets. Special teams-wise I thought they got after us, they won the turnover battle and we struggled early with stopping the run. You have to give Maryland the credit. Maryland got it done. They made plays to win the game."
As far as the clock mismanagement at the end of first-half, quarterback Ricky Dobbs took the blame.
Dobbs said, “After that moment right there, I became unaware of everything I had been told just before. Coach told us right before, if you don't have anything, throw it out of bounds and we'll kick a field goal. I definitely lost focus right there. Instinct took over and got the best of me."
Niumatalolo explained, "The one at the end of the half killed us. Ricky knows. He's got big shoulders. And the one at the end was my fault. That's on me."
Navy returns to action this Saturday when the Midshipmen host Georgia Southern.
Randy Shannon: The key to the Ohio State game is the first quarter
Talking on the Joe Rose Radio Show this morning, Randy Shannon said he is not building up the underdog story to his team as the Hurricanes get ready to play at Ohio State.
The “us against the world” mentality isn’t part of Shannon’s plan.
Shannon said, “No. Our guys are a little more experienced. Our thing is we talk about ourselves. If our guys stay focused on the big picture of improving as a football team each week, we’ll be fine.”
“Ohio St is Ohio St. They are going to run the football. We know it and we’ve been preparing for it. You just gotta play sound defense. You can’t really put one guy on Terrell Pryor. We have to believe and trust in each other.”
“Is it the only game we worry about? No. The key is where we finish at the end of the year. We have to use our experience and maturity.”
“The key to the game is the first quarter. If it’s a tough game in the first quarter, then it’s going to be a tough game.”
Miami at Ohio State kicks-off at 3:40 pm EST on ESPN. You can see the entire Week #2 TV Schedule right here.