Arizona's offense focus of Media Day

Much of the focus surrounding Arizona on Tuesday's Pac-12 Media Day was about the offense. Read on to see what Rich Rodriguez, Matt Scott, and Jake Fischer had to say about that side of the ball.

It is no secret that Rich Rodriguez knows more about offense than defense. That is not to say that he does not value defense, but rather that his expertise is in the unique offense he has developed over the years. Thus, it is no surprise that much of the focus on Arizona at Tuesday's Pac-12 Media Day had to do with the offensive side of the ball.

"Of course I'm biased, I think it can fit anywhere, and I think schemes are sometimes overrated from the standpoint of does a scheme win you ballgames or lose you ballgames," Rodriguez said. "I think you have to have good players executing and I think what we do is a good fit in this league and I think it does, but I think it's a good fit in any league."

One important aspect of Rodriguez's offense is that he hopes that his players continue to learn as they work to get better.

"I want our players to get better every year and learn from everything they do and I think the coaching staff and myself included have tried to do that as well," Rodriguez said. "Going forward spending the past year in TV, I thoroughly enjoyed that and it was a great experience, but I'm ready to get back on the sidelines."

One aspect of Rodriguez's coaching that has seen more emphasis is conditioning and quarterback Matt Scott says he has already gotten better in that regard.

"A big part of the quarterback position is being prepared mentally and physically, like Coach talking about we have been doing conditioning and getting in shape," Scott said. My endurance has gotten better and, you know, I'm excited for the opportunity and can't wait to get started."

Scott redshirted last season and Rodriguez did not mince words when he talked about how much that meant to the program.

"Best decision the coaching staff made, redshirting Matt Scott last year," he said. "We're happy he's here with us."

Scott admits that the decision to redshirt was tough, but agrees with Rodriguez that it should pay off.

"It was a humbling experience for me," he said. "In high school you come out to college as that guy that has always started and it was tough for me to sit on the sideline. I felt like I wasn't contributing to the team's success, the little success we had, I was hungry, and I never want to be in that position again."

The new offense has not only helped the players on that side of the ball, but it has been a positive for the defense as well.

"Every offense felt like we were playing against Oregon," linebacker Jake Fischer said. "They go very fast, they try to get in as many snaps as possible and you're running back to the huddle, and they're snapping the ball.

"You've got to think on your feet, and you've got to be quick with, you know, the judgment and everything and I believe that's going to get us prepared to play Oregon. There are so many similarities and everything, so it's going to be good preparation and also it's just the speed of it getting you thinking on your feet a little more and you're able to conjure things in your head a lot faster and it's great preparation for the season."


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