After a very tough loss to Washington this past weekend to the tune of 59-7, perhaps Colorado Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre realized that he would probably be asked a few tough questions during his Tuesday weekly press conference.
MacIntyre took each question with poise and it's obvious that no one is any more disappointed in Saturday's outcome than himself and his coaching staff.
"Last week's game was tough," MacIntyre acknowledged. "I knew that Washington was a very good football team. I still feel like I did going into the game. I would've hoped we would have played a lot better, but we didn't. So we've got to get back to the drawing table and keep working."
The Buffs missed 37 tackles Saturday against the Huskies, and in that process gave up over 200 yards of offense. Something that a young Buff team can not do and to survive the game.
MacIntyre went back to the point of his team missing 37 tackles something that his team will work extensively on in this weeks practice.
"I have never been a part of a game that you miss that many tackles," MacIntyre said. "We were in position to make the play, we just couldn't tackle and thats unacceptable."
MacIntyre knew how good of a team Washington was going to be, the Huskies lived up to the things he and his coaching staff saw on film.
"They played really well against us," MacIntyre said. "In some of the film we studied, they would miss some throws and do some things that hurt them. They didn't to any of that against us."
The Buffs practice on tackling during every Tuesday's practice, according to MacIntyre, expect CU to get at least one more day of tackling in.
"We will tackle on Wednesday also," MacIntyre said. "As the season gets going on, you got guys with blue shirts. You've got guys that have stingers in the game. We'll keep working on being physical. We'll change it up again this week."
We will give you some of the tough questions that MacIntyre was faced with and how he responded.
ON DEFENSIVE MISTAKES
"I think it's probably a combination of everything," MacIntyre said. "You've just got to play solid football all the time with the way the offenses are in our league. So, we've got to get better and more consistent. We've got to coach things a little better. Kids have to play a little bit harder and a little bit better. So, it kind of all works. If there was one answer then we could fix i. So, I think there's kind of a multitude of different things we have to fix.
ON WHETHER THE TEAM HAS the NECESSARY SPEED ON DEFENSE TO KEEP UP WITH PAC 12 OFFENSES
That's kind of an insinuating question there. I think that we just have to keep working harder and keep playing harder. We need to keep coaching better and keep trying to move and fit things. Try to figure out what we can't do. Also, the offenses in this league change from week to week to week. It's a difficult situation and we'll just keeping working at it. That's all you can do.
ON WHETHER the TEAM is SHOWING SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT
‘We, we've won three games. I think they won one last year. We best CSU who they didn't beat last year. We beat a team that is in the playoffs in FCS and we beat a team that was fifth in the nation in their league. So, I think we've shown some stuff there. I think we got to get better in the Pac-12. I would say if we had played in the Pac-12 about three years ago I'd say it would be a whole different story. I think there is some really good football teams in this league. I do see improvement daily. You only see the three hours on the field and you see bits and pices of stuff that is good and other stuff that's not so good. I understand, but I do see improvement. Most people didn't predict us to win three games this year going into the season and we'll win some more before the season is over.
ON HOW to GET BETTER NEXT YEAR
"Keep recruiting, keep practicing and keep working the process. We didn't break it. We're here to fix it. And we're fixing it. And we'll keep working to fix it and we'll keep going forward and we'll keep having the right attitude and the right positive-ness. It does not get fixed over night with a magic wand. It does not. We've been down for a while here at Colorado and we're going to be back. In no way, shape or or form does it happen like that. So that's the process we're working and we'll keep working it.