Every week at AllHoosiers.com we run the press conference transcript from Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson. Here is Part 2 of that press conference previewing Missouri and looking back at Bowling Green.
(Do you have anybody that works on technique with the punters and kickers?)
COACH WILSON: “To some degree. We film it all in close up stuff and watch themselves. But as far as kicking has to be internally, not allowed to have, quote, outside where we can bring in a kicking guru coach. Kicking as much as anything is mental. Our kicker has a guy he's worked with, as does our punter. They've been very, very good. Again, they're going to miss some kicks. The thing you assume and it's one of the things why we do what we do you assume a guy's going to make every kick. Well, they don't. When you have a pretty good offense, that's why you sometimes go for it on fourth down. And so it's kind of the way it is. So they're human. At the same time, they're pretty good. One guy hadn't played as much; the other guy has. It's a good group, and they'll do well. And I'm not discouraged. I say statistically our kickers were better than their kickers the other day, statistically, except their guy made a 28 yarder into the wind. He made a 28 yarder into the wind and he kicked three with the wind.’’
(Can you talk about the strategy with putting Chris Covington into the game at QB?)
“We might've should've kicked the 50 yarder early in the game and we put in our guy to do a little bit of running with our run deal. That guy's going to be a fine quarterback. We can talk about that blue in the face, maybe shouldn't, we did. We thought it was the best thing to do. We live with that decision, keep on doing it too. He's going to be a great player. I promise you that, too. He can throw. He ain't a runner. If we wanted a runner, we'd put Tevin make it the there "D" load. He has a cannon. He's going to be a great quarterback.
(Talk about the fourth downs)
COACH WILSON: “They load the box. Outnumber you. They have the advantage to get the run game the first play just got called backwards where the line's blocking left and the play's going right. We leave two guys unblocked because the play just got communicated backwards. The last one they came up, we're going to do something. They brought all we didn't do was handle blitz good the other day. We started working on, we had previously, but we didn't handle blitz. We know we'll get it this week and weeks to come. They brought an all out blitz. We checked to a zone sweep play that we just got our butt kicked up front. They won the line of scrimmage. And the next time we left Nate in against cover 0 we didn't pass block. And he threw it into the stands. That's what happened the next time when Nate comes in, he gets cover 0. That's your answer there. Not a good plan by us as coaches.’’
(Did you feel the secondary got exploited a little bit on Saturday?)
COACH WILSON:“If you give them all day to throw, you know what I'm saying, and you don't get pressure on the quarterback. And of course a lot of that is their style, what they do with gap protections and tempo, ball out on the perimeter and they get you tired. I don't think we played enough guys. I was concerned that some guys having some frowns. But I thought we had some guys play 100 snaps. That's too many. We can make some third down stops. We can get off the field. We had our hands on balls. We need to pick and some turnovers we didn't get. But at the end of the day our team got exposed if we don't play aggressive. And we've talked about that. I'd like to see, and I expect to see us as coaches and players be a lot more aggressive and get out of the way, let these kids go play more.’’
(Were you able to see something on film about your defense that wasn't immediately apparent right after the game? )
COACH WILSON: Their D?
COACH WILSON: “No. I mean, more than anything, just again, we were too cautious. Set back. And again you can rush three guys, be aggressive. We got tired. We didn't get pressure. We got worked and had our opportunities to make some stops and didn't. I think after Tevin's turnover, it's third and 6, we've got a chance to make a tackle, make it fourth and 8, and we miss. Quarterback falls forward on a quarterback draw or scramble run, whatever it was. They moved the chains on downs. We had opportunities. But as still with where we are, okay, and making the change, where we are, with some veterans but really a lot of sophomores and redshirt freshmen, we've got to keep growing and progressing that "D". There will be bumps in the road. They'll get a tremendous challenge this week. Much different animal as far as speed, players, all that deal. So we're going to have a completely different challenge this week with Missouri. But at the same time there will be some growing pains. But they need to keep growing. I didn't like that I thought we got a little bit what I had seen previously, I didn't like we got on our heels. We need to be aggressive. I kept saying to the offense, keep coming at them. That doesn't mean throw it. Just staying aggressive and assertive in what you're doing. Our opponent this week will be very assertive. We need to be assertive in all phases. And we weren't Saturday as coaches and that led into the play of our players.’’
(Defensively getting a lot of attention. But the offensively better, whether Shane stepping out of bounds, Tevin fumbling, how important is it to clean up those things late in the drives, late in games, when you have a chance to put it away?)
COACH WILSON: “Again early in games, you'll be in one possession games. You see one at the end. Shane was tightrope. I think his error in the kick game was critical, running fast and trying. And as he went away, it was a tightrope. He lost. I mean, Tevin's running his tail off. But he hit the ball out twice. As well as he played, those are plays that haunt you. And love him, but he's got to take care of the ball. And so our game is not perfect. We gotta minimize mistakes. They're always going to be there. We've got to minimize them. We had way too many Saturday.’’
(Looked like over the summer a lot of talk was about the defense coming out more aggressive this season. Why was it in the second game your guys did not?
COACH WILSON: “You can visit with Coach Knorr and his guys. But in general, when you don't get the stops, you get tired because you can get a stop. You can get them on schedule. With their tempo stuff, I think just getting lined up and we practiced a lot against it. We said we were good. I think as we got going, we just got a little, hey, too sitting duck to me. And to me as coaches that's concerning. And because I think you have to not be you don't coach so much your guys are confused. But you also have to coach enough that they know what they can do and be aggressive. Gotta give them a couple different looks. But you've got to have them on their toes to get off on guys and we got a little bit on our heels.’’
(What was the injury update on Corsaro?)
COACH WILSON: “Close. Doing some stuff. Practiced a little last week. Just how much they let him go, it's just he's got a stress fracture like in the bottom of his, the big toe area of his foot. He's close. He was practicing great in two a days and started showing up and thought it could be a potential break. They're shutting him down to quiet him down. But everybody, we came out of that game, healthwise, very good. I'll say too, even though we've got some things, the best play if you have a chance to look at it, watch Bobby Richardson play the PAT field goal after they scored. Because if we had of played like that the whole game, I don't think we would have played 113 snaps. I know we've got a great group of guys. There's no quit in them. We have to pull it out. That's our job as leaders, not telling them what to do, but putting them in the right places, getting them to do it and we'll get a great challenge this week, and we expect them to play a lot better.’’
(You said you want to see more aggression on defense. As the head coach is that from a team standpoint? Do you talk to Brian?
COACH WILSON: “All phases. Players as well. You get it in practice. And if you play it, or Buck knows what I'm talking about, practice you get practice is just practice. Like Mr. Iverson says, one day. But the games, the odds are greater and you know it. So all of a sudden the worry gets in the way. Instead of saying it's the same walk, same two by four, trust it. Let's walk it. Let's roll. It's the hardest walk to walk. And to me we're at that cusp of that's the one thing that needs to happen. We need to trust everything that we've done, well prepared, worked hard, have good players, let's do what we're doing, let's go play. Like I say, we'll make corrections in all phases and keep moving. We're never going to have it figured out. You never do. You're always evolving, always going. Every week's different. Every team is different. Every year is different and evolving. We've got to keep evolving this team, because this team has a chance to be a really strong team.’’
(Do you get on your headset, tell coaches, hey, let's be more aggressive? Or do you just let them do what they do?)
COACH WILSON: “For the most part I try to watch the offense. And I mean, so I'm looking for, here's what's coming on me. I'm watching their offense, because again I don't spend time in their meeting room. We've got five coaches over there. I'm one of the five. When we collectively, here is our practice, here's our thoughts. They manage that. We work together all in kicking. We're all involved in kicking. Our kicking is a total group deal. We have lead coaches for each team. I oversee it all. I spend the rest of the time on offense. I'm making offensive suggestions when I'm watching them, I'm saying you're sitting back a little bit too much. But again, they know their game plan, their prep work, their guys, not me. We'll keep moving forward this week. We'll have to be a lot better.”
(In terms of a pass rushing defensive line, do you need to recruit to that, or can you develop it, either you have it as a player or you don't?)
COACH WILSON: “Both. There's some skills you can learn and strength and development you need. But I mean, some guys can do it. Some guys can't. Some guys have bodies that can't. There's speed that you need. There's some leverage and power you need. Different types. There's some guys that are 5'11" that are great pass rushers. Guys who are huge monsters. Everybody's different. Blitzing is not the answer. Blitzing is not being more aggressive. Throwing the ball deep is not more aggressive as an offense, but there's a way you need to attack. And for us to be a good team, as coaches, myself, as players, we need to attack. I've done that consistently from the offensive side. We've been trying to do it defensively. And we need to keep doing it this week, we need to keep doing it in the kicking game.’’