Sept. 6, 2010
Again, thank you for coming. As we all are disappointed about Saturday night. And, our team understands that we can't make the same mistakes that we made on Saturday and expect to win ball games, nor be the team that we are capable of being. And our coaches understand that as well. You know, I'm very encouraged by their attitudes and the way they approached things today.
We're looking forward to this challenge in front of us, in terms of East Carolina. They won a game last night that, in my opinion, kind of validated some of the things they've been going through in the offseason. We're looking forward to continuing to focus on us because right now that's what it's all about.
Q: Was the team's performance better or worse than what you anticipated?
A: It was all about us not being disciplined. The effort, the attitude, the guys competing; those were things we were looking for. We saw those things. And so you look back at execution and putting ourselves in a position to just have attention to details. That's kind of where we failed.
Q: Are those easy problems to fix or will it be a slow process?
A: Some of it is personnel; some of it is scheme. It's a mix of both. It's glaring. It's not something that's hard. They understand. It's something they've seen over and over. But, again, it's not just them being held accountable. I'm holding us as a staff accountable as well.
Q: Can you talk about the positives and negatives you saw from Cannon Smith and Ryan Williams?
A: Going back and watching the film, I thought both of them played well. You know, the negative aspect form Cannon's point of view is that he didn't get off to a fast start. It was just sailing on him. In terms of the negative aspect of Ryan's, he threw two interceptions that we just can't sustain.
Q: What things do you think East Carolina validated with its win over Tulsa last night?
A: Well, they had a new coach. And, so with that comes a new identity. And with talking to Ruffin and knowing some of the things he was sharing with me, you can see some of those things on tape.
Q: Do you think ECU having a short week is an advantage for your squad?
A: I don't recall playing on a Sunday, but I can imagine it being tough. But right now the focus is on us. I'm sure that they have a plan well in advance of this game to pursue this week. We just need to make sure that we handle the things that we need to handle in terms of improving throughout the week.
Q: What made you decide that Todd Washington is ready to start?
A: Well, not just Todd but Taurean (Nixon) and Lonnie Ballentine. These guys have shown up since they got here in terms of having the ability to play. Todd got injured early, but he was able to come back and really get in the mix in terms of scheme. And he's a really intelligent man in terms of his football IQ. He's very aggressive. He plays with a tremendous amount of confidence. And so we thought possibly week two or week three that he would be a starter anyway. So, this was something that was going to happen based on his play eventually.
Q: Do you plan on any changes in regards to the O-line?
A: Not necessarily in terms of personnel. We have to execute better, and that's where it all starts. And we do have a plan in place to improve from a technical and mental aspect.