Snyder...From The Press Box?

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder has most recently taken a view of the game from up high … as in the press box. And, he says he likes it, but admits that he'll probably be strolling the sidelines again in 2009.

Bill Snyder sat in the Snyder family sky suite at Bill Snyder Family Stadium watching the Wildcats play football.

A familiar pose had the former Kansas State football coach peering through binoculars at the action far below on the turf.

What did the former coach with 40-plus years of experience study as a fan in the stands?

"I just looked to see how Sean (Snyder, his son and KSU's Director of Football Operations) was doing," quipped Snyder.

Turning somewhat more serious, he added, "I really was just trying to see the game as a fan. (Pause) I think I was a great fan."

From the press box, Snyder had the best seat in the house as compared to field-level, which is the poorest vantage point to view a game.

"In all 17 years that I was at K-State, I threatened to go up in the press box and call the game," Snyder said. "I challenged myself to do that, but never had the courage because of all the things on the sideline as far as game management, and dialogue with the players and coaches.

"But Joe Pa (Joe Paterno of Penn State, who has coached from the press box) has the best seat in the house. He knows what he's doing."

While the K-State fan could analyze each and every snap making their way to the parking lot after the game, Snyder didn't become that type of football fan.

"I wasn't zeroing in on the offensive line or the defensive line, or what foot the guy was stepping with ... that just wasn't the case. It was all pretty general," Snyder said. "I wasn't as analytical as one would have guessed."

To this point, he hasn't sat down with game DVDs of the 2008 season to scrutinize the talent he's inherited as the new Wildcat coach.

"At some point in time, I will," said Snyder, who is in his fourth week as Wildcat coach Part II. "There will be a time when you view each snap from 11 eyes (each position)."

Snyder declines to make any type of assessment of the K-State defense that allowed an average of five to six touchdowns per game, and over 450 yards per game, but he does say it was evident that there were missed tackles during a season of going against the most prolific offenses in the nation.

"Teams in this conference spread the field. That meant defenders were responsible for one-on-one tackling, which is very hard to do," Snyder said. "When you look at the SEC, you see teams running the ball from tighter formations. You don't see one guy having to make a first-down saving tackle. You have two or three people helping to make a tackle."

For now, Snyder describes his lifestyle as one of "chaos" and one of being "very hectic."

"I learned a long time ago that there are so many things that take place during the course of the day that can knock you for a loop. Things that can pull you down if you allow it," Snyder said.

"But you also have some victories every day. What you do is take the little victories to heart and let it be motivational to what you're trying to accomplish. You have to cherish those little victories, so the little defeats don't eat you alive."


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