Lloyd Carr Comments on Iowa

"I think they play hard, they are a disciplined football team. They are very physical on both sides of the ball up front. They are going to run the football. That's what they have done so well and then their passing game is geared a lot off of play-action, which stresses a defense and then of course they play great defense. I don't think in the course of the last couple of years anybody has played better defense than Iowa has." - Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr on Iowa.

Did you get a chance to see any of Iowa's game against Arizona State? Are you at all surprised by that?

"Well, I saw the game on tape. We got it this morning and were watching it. We received the tape late yesterday. The one thing when you're starting the Big Ten season, everybody is starting over. Most of the teams in the Big Ten have a loss and with the exception I think of -- there's a couple of teams that don't have losses. But regardless, if you don't have any wins, we're starting all over. It's a new race. So, what has happened in these first three weeks, every team learns some lessons. You learn some things about your team as a coach, and you get ready to go into it with increased enthusiasm because it's a different ballgame."

Q: I seem to recall at some point early on when Kirk Ferentz was struggling, I wasn't here at that time but I remember reading you stuck up for him. You said, "Give the guy a chance, he knows what he's doing." Do you remember just what you saw back then that maybe a layperson would not see and why you felt comfortable saying that?

"Well, I have a couple, really one very good friend on that staff, and so I don't think we were playing them. But you could see that at some point there, they were in every ballgame. And any time you're in every ballgame and you have a chance to win it before the fourth quarter and you've just taken over a program the previous year or two -- and I can say the same thing about, there's a couple of other teams in this conference right now, you can just feel they are starting to turn the corner. So, I think they play hard, they are a disciplined football team. They are very physical on both sides of the ball up front. They are going to run the football. That's what they have done so well and then their passing game is geared a lot off of play-action, which stresses a defense and then of course they play great defense. I don't think in the course of the last couple of years anybody has played better defense than Iowa has."

And they play the kind of football you like to play; is that fair to say?

"Well, I don't know what's fair to say."

Can you evaluate Iowa quarterback Drew Tate?

"Honestly, I really can't. I think he's a young guy and I think, you know, obviously you want a competitive battle for the starting quarterback's position. Other than to say that I think he's like a lot of young quarterbacks; he's got things that he will improve on. But, he's got to have all of the qualities that you're looking for or he would not be in that position."

The last couple games against Iowa, you were doing something -- will you do different things against their style or personnel?

"I think one of the reasons that they have been very successful is they don't change a lot. They are very, very well-coached, fundamentally sound they are not trying to hide what they are doing. They are not trying to beat you by changing and giving you something new every week. They are going to let their guys teach them what they want them to know and let them play and get better with repetition. And so, you always go back. If you play the team the previous year, you always go back because that refreshes your mind as a coach and there's always certain things in those games that you want to reinforce to your players or that you want to make sure that they understand the lesson that is to be learned from those things."

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