Tate/Manson Talk About Offense

The Iowa quarterbacks discuss their competition and the state of the offense after two weeks of practice: "Everything just takes time," Tate said. "It doesn't just happen in one day. It's kind of like with Coach Doyle building the mountain. That doesn't happen in a day. It happens over months and years." Read more from the Hawkeye signal callers in this premium Q&A.

JASON MANSON

You've got two weeks left. What the biggest ailment you've got right now?

Personally, I've got to make better reads. I've just got to be more consistent. Offensively, we've just got to be more consistent; have a better tempo; get in and out of huddles; just the small things that we're messing up on.

In your mind, where is this quarterback race? Is it still open?

I would say so. But that's not even our focus. We're just trying to get our team in the best situation that we can so that come Saturday in two weeks we'll be ready to go.

We don't want to look bad out there. We want to have a successful day.

Coach talked about you guys needing to pick up the tempo. What is he talking about?

Just getting in and out of the huddles; getting set so we can make our calls quicker; it's just small things like that. We just need to keep going and competing and going against the defense. Sometimes things aren't going to be as smooth as possible, but we just have to keep getting back up and do it again.

Has it been a real competitive camp?

Definitely. The defense, they've got high intensity every day. The offense, we've just got match that. Sometimes we do, somtimes we don't. The consistency is one of our biggest problems. We'll definitely clean it up in these next couple of weeks.

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DREW TATE

What do you think the biggest hurdle is going to be offensively, just trying to get on the same page?

That takes times. When everyone just starts playing together as a team and everybody just gets used to everybody else, that all takes care of itself. Its just takes time.

Is it tough not knowing if you're the starting quarterback going into these last two weeks?

Nah. Not really. I'm just worried about myself and taking care of my teammates and not doing dumb things. You can say who the starting quarterback is going to be in five minutes or right before the game. I don't care.

It's just up to me to worry about myself and not have any distractions.

Will it make a huge difference either way with whoever is under center?

I don't think so because the system makes the players. Whether it's Jason or I or Eric or Cy, whoever, if we know out checks to get us into the right plays, I don't think it really matters who's there. They just got to know their checks. They've got to know where to go with the ball and certain coverages and things like that.

How important was today's scrimmage to this whole quarterback thing?

I'm sure it had a lot to do with it. Every day we're all in there taking reps. We go team every day in practice. There was just a longer team period today.

How do you feel abotu two-a-days being over?

It's all right. We only had a few anyway. The weather is not bad either. People up here, they think it's hot. It's not hot at all.

How has camp gone?

It's been good. We've been with the team. Coach didn't let us go anywhere or do anything. That's good because it keeps us focused and not having distractions outside of the field that can carry on.

Are you ready to play a game in two weeks?

I want to say yeah, but there's still a lot of work to do.

Has the tempo of the offense been a concern?

I guess. Those guys (the offensive linement) get tired, but that's just something that they have to do. You just have to have good tempo; get the snap off on time. Given time, it willwork out.

It looks like you guys were inconsistent with the deep ball today. Was that just off today or something that's been inconsistent in camp?

Probably a little bit of both.

Reason for that? Is it communication and familiarity?

No. It's just not completing the ball, I guess.

People have said that the defense is the strength of this team and the offense is the question mark. What do you have to say about that?

I'm sure that's going to do something. It's OK if our defense is good, and our offense is inconsistent. Then, we have to fix it.

I'm glad we have a great defense. They're going to be there for us. We have to be there for them by putting points on the board.

Do you feel like you have more to prove right now?

I don't think that we have anything to prove. People are like, "Well, let's see what the offense can do here and there."

Well, I'm not worried about what other people think. What I'm worried about is taking care of myself and making sure that I have the right checks and just leading the team.

Where are you at in regards to that?

Every day I'm getting more comfortable. And every day everyone is getting used to me. I'm getting used to instead of making a check on some things some of the receivers just know what to do.

Everything just takes time. It doesn't just happen in one day. It's kind of like with Coach Doyle building the mountain. That doesn't happen in a day. It happens over months and years.


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