Brooks talked about the fact that it's much more difficult now as opposed to the past to get kids focused going into a game. "They have a lot more going on in their life than football," Brooks lamented. "They have a social life , they have a academic life, and they have a family life. They have a lot going on, people talking to them. You never know what frame of mind they are in but it's my job to get them focused and I've got to do a better job of it."
Brooks was asked that when youngsters hear radio talk shows, read face-book, internet message boards, read the newspapers, do the kids have an understanding how much to take serious. Brooks said he wished he had an answer to whether they understand the difference. He said that if he had the answer Saturday night wouldn't have happened. He said the fact that the social life in college is a lot better than when he was in college (laughs from the press corp).
Brooks said he is doing everything he can to point things out that are extremely important but he need some help from the players on the team to be talking about focusing an getting ready to play rather than just going on with their life.
When asked if he ever had conversations with the players about all the communicative outside influences and how tough is it. He laughed in a exhaustive response and said he's had a lot of those conversations but obviously his conversation doesn't mean as much as some of the stuff they hear and read a lot of the time. "It's difficult to get that many guys focused on one thing and it difficult now than it was ten years ago and certainly more difficult now than it was fifteen or twenty years ago. Nobody lives in a cocoon anymore and the players certainly don't. They hear everything, they read everything, they know what's going on in the world and who's saying it for the most part and if it's about them.
Stuart Hines said they are family and they can't let outside influences infiltrate them and they've got to stay together. Hines said it does become a grind at this point in the season. "We are physically and mentally beat up," Hines exhaustively said . But we've got to keep on trucking if we want to have a good year. We've got to stay focus to accomplish our goals. Guys that are dinged have got to get in the training room and get those thing taken care of. We've got to keep plugging away but it's a tough time of the season right now and toward the end of the season right now." He said he can take it upon himself to exhort a teammate to pick it up if he see that going on and he wouldn't take it personal if a teammate would get on him the same way.
"That what we've got to do especially after a loss," Hines said. "We've got to dig down deep and come out and practice harder than we've been practicing and get ready for the next game. People have got to step up as leaders and motivate each other to play harder."
Randall Cobb said they can't help from hearing the criticism because people talk to you. He said he already has several messages on face-book, implying that the messages are negative, but he can't listen to them. So family must be family.