Fitzgerald: "You get what you deserve"
While struggling defensively last season, ultimately finishing towards the bottom of the league in most major defensive categories, Pat Fitzgerald decided to post some newspaper clippings and online articles around the facility to motivate the team.
The Wildcats racked up a mere 17 sacks (ranking 95th nationally), and finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring and rushing defense, 12th in passing defense and 11th in overall defense. Coach Fitz says that the Wildcat defense took the poor performance in 2011 to heart.
‘‘For the first time, I used some outside stuff,’’ Fitz told the media a few days ago about motivating the team. ‘‘Thanks to you guys for the motivation, and I don’t blame you. You get what you deserve. We deserved everything that was said about the guys. They took it personally.’’
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz says that the defensive staff is getting creative in finding ways to bring pressure in 2012.
‘‘It has to come from everybody. You can’t just say one guy is going to provide the pressure."
"We’re going to do different things as coaches. We’re going to work harder on it. We’re going to try to get different people in different positions. It’s going to be a solution by team; it’s not a solution by one guy or one thing. It’s going to be multiple things we’re going to do to create more pressure.’’
Andy Buh: Camp isn't a grind to us
Going through a few weeks of practice can seem like a grind to some position groups, but as Wisconsin linebackers coach Andy Buh explains in week two's episode of "The Camp 2012" it's not a grind to his guys.
"It's not a grind to us. We're linebackers...this is our playground." Buh explains midway through the clip.
The beginning of the clip shows Bielema doing, what he describes, as one of his favorite parts of the job, awarding walk ons with scholarships. Good stuff from beginning to end in this episode.
Saban wants only 60-70 teams at the FBS level
Nick Saban joined the Mike and Mike Show on ESPN this morning to talk about the advantages of opening up with an opponent like Michigan and the shifting college football landscape.
Saban noted that he believes that opening up with a quality opponent like the Wolverines really helps the team focus and prepare during the off season, which is one of the main reasons that the Crimson Tide like to schedule a tough game within their first two weeks.
On the recent changes in the landscape of college football, Saban explained that the loss of traditional rivalries is one of the biggest casualties, but also noted that ultimately, he'd like to see the FBS shrink down to 60 or 70 teams.
"You hate to see some of the great rivalries in college football not be something that can continue, and we're certainly trying to save those things in our conference."
"But I think, eventually in college football, we're going to have to get to where there's 60 or 70 teams in this Division I, whatever you want to call it. And these teams need to be playing each other." Saban said.
'I think of it more like the NFL, you don't have any easy games in the NFL. Every team is a good team. The Giants lost 7 games last year and won the Super Bowl."
Saban also noted that the SEC may be at a disadvantage to compete for a National Championship this year because of the stiff competition within their own conference.
"Some of these leagues don't nearly have the competition, you know 5 teams in the top 15 or whatever, that they're going to have to play against to try and get to the that game."
The Mean Green drill
During yesterday's morning practice, the Mean Green gathered to get hyped up for the circle drill.
As everyone is jumping around and getting in the right mindset, a certain coach's voice can be heard above the music.
"A lot of bad imitations out there, but there's only one North Texas Mean Green drill. Here we go baby!"
Kelly on uniforms: 34 times I've liked them, 6 times I haven't
After practice yesterday, Chip Kelly was asked about the new uniforms that had just been officially released.
Kelly noted that 15-20 players gave Nike input on the design of the uniform, and how that was a unique experience for them, and was then asked which uniform has been his personal favorite thus far.
Coach Kelly responded, "Whatever we win in. I don't care about anything else. So 34 times I've liked them and 6 times I haven't liked them."
Kelly's record since taking over the Ducks is 34 wins and 6 losses.
Herman: The pressure we feel as coaches is all internal
Tom Herman is entering the first season as the offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes, but says that he feels the same amount of pressure now as they head into week one as he did as a young assistant coach at the D-III level.
"I don’t feel any more pressure than I did when I was a wide receivers coach at 23 years old at Texas Lutheran University, a Division III school, making $5,000 a year.”
“The pressure you feel as coaches is all internal. You want your guys to go out and play their best no matter what logo is on the helmet or on the jersey or what name is on the jersey." he explained
"I think the most pressure we feel as coaches comes from inside, and the ones who let the internal pressures get to them are probably staying up real late at night, and the ones who can handle their own internal pressure and make sure the product on the field is as good as it can possibly be every Saturday, then can rest easy at night.”
Herman admits to feeling pressure, but that type of pressure comes from expecting the best product from himself.
“I had a lot of internal pressure,” Herman said in reflection. “I still do to this day. Whether it’s a group of Division III wide receivers taking the field or an entire offense for the Ohio State University, you feel like your name is on that. Whatever the case may be, you want that product to be good.”
Mic'd up at Texas
Good video here from the Longhorn Network with tight ends coach Bruce Chambers mic'd up.
Chambers coaches his guys up on proper hand placement and blocking techniques before breaking off to a period with the quarterbacks.
Solid slate of Thursday night preseason action. Arizona at Tennessee will be featured on ESPN.
Eastern times listed.
Green Bay at Cincinnati - 7
Jacksonville at Baltimore - 7:30
Arizona at Tennessee - 8 - ESPN
No games tonight...but one week from now we'll have some good games.