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Football Notebook: Rich Rodriguez learning

Rich Rodriguez discusses improving as a coach, Colorado's defense, and more.

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* Colorado has one of the best defenses Arizona has seen this season and much of that has to do with overall knowledge of the system.

“They are playing with the same guys and understanding the same system for several years,” Rich Rodriguez said. “They play hard and I think they really understand each defense and where the strength and weaknesses are. They are very rarely out of position.

“They are aggressive and tackle extremely well. They are one of the best tackling teams I have seen and they are playing with confidence.”

* Rodriguez believes that an increase in consistency would also lead to an increase in team confidence.

“We just have to play with more confidence and that’s probably easier said than done,” Rodriguez said.

“There’s no question we have guys that can make plays and we are in position sometimes to do it, we just have to put a few together and get some confidence. We have to put some plays together. It’s like we have a good play and then an awful play.”

* There was word that Arizona practiced well last week, but it did not show up against Washington State. Once again, Rodriguez is happy with Arizona’s practice this week.

“They practice confidently and with energy and we’re playing hard, but playing hard is not good enough,” Rodriguez said. “You have to play hard and play well and we’re going to do all we can as coaches to put them in that spot.”

* With a bowl game likely out of the picture, the coaching staff has to find other methods of motivation.

“It is certainly more difficult than if you are playing for a championship or something like that,” Rodriguez said. “You appeal to their competitiveness first and foremost. I think that should be there all the time.”

* Rodriguez is always looking to improve as a coach and this season has taught him plenty.

“I think you try to learn something every year win or lose,” he said. “You learn a lot when you hit adversity, that’s for sure. You can’t stick your head in the sound and say woe is us. How can this experience make us better? That’s our challenge.”

 


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