Tedford declared his conviction that Ayoob has the skills to succeed at this level, but that it was up to Joe to focus and practice hard to reach that potential. He noted that starting at Washington would allow Ayoob to better "mix it up", to run a mix of pass and rush plays that would help him establish a comfort zone. Tedford explained that when Ayoob came on the field against Sacramento State, the team was in the middle of a "two-minute drill" that called for down field passes in an effort to score quickly. In the Tedford system, any player that comes on the field is expected to be able to handle the situation as it is presented.
The sound is somewhat muffled at the very beginning of the Tedford clip. The first words he says are "Joe is going to start".
Later during the Tedford interview, loud whoops can be heard in the background. Special team coach Alomar's wife had just arrrived at field's edge with platters of home made cookies, a reward to the special team players for their performance last Saturday. The players were not bashful in expressing their happiness with the gift - as you will hear.
Once again, put yourself on the field at Memorial Stadium, on the west sideline at the end of practice today, and listen in on these three conversations. The questioners are Bruce Adams of the San Francisco Chronicle, Dave Newhouse of the Oakland Tribune, and Jay Heater of the Contra Costa Times.
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