Mack Brown talks about 2010 struggles
Published: Monday, 01 November 2010 12:53
Mack Brown, disappointed with the 30-22 loss to Baylor, emphasized during his press conference today that turnover margin and red zone touchdowns are the stats that matter to this Texas team.
Brown said, “People got to understand I’ve been 2-20 at one point, so I’ve been here.”
Criticizing coaches, pulling players, and finger pointing won’t do anything, said Brown.
“They (fans) want you to make them feel better, but none of those things help you win. There is absolutely no finger pointing. We have to make plays in the kicking game, which we haven’t done.”
Brown pointed out that last season’s team had 26 takeaways at this point in the season, but this year’s team only has 11 takeaways. The penalties are the exact same (59). The third-down conversions are down 3% from 44 to 41%. The problem is last year’s team scored touchdowns 63% of the time inside the red zone. This year’s team is scoring touchdowns just 42% of the time inside the red zone. Last year’s defense allowed touchdowns 53% of the time inside the red zone. This year, opponents have scored TD’s on 14 of 22 opportunities.
“The offense moved the ball probably the best all year. Goes to show you turnover ratio and red zone touchdowns are what’s important. Garrett Gilbert had his best game. We had 5 dropped passes and 2 of them for touchdowns. We have to get better and catching the ball.”
“We have to make more plays in the red zone. We feel like we’ve got to be more wide open and make plays in the red zone.”
“Robert Griffin is really good. Their receivers are really good. And their punter was GREAT.”
“We stopped the run, but for one big play. You take out the 69 yard run, they run for 2.9 per rush. But you can’t take out the 69 yard run.”
“We did a very poor job on kick-off returns. We have not been very good there all year.”
“Punt block & return has been a struggle to say the least.”
“There were 5 balls on the ground that we didn’t get.”
Texas is 4-4 and travels to Kansas State this weekend.