Watson looking for improvement in open week

The University of Louisville football team has started 4-0 this season but now has an open week. Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said the team should be able to improve a lot during this week. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the U of L offense.

With an undefeated record, and on the heels of a 72-0 route of Florida International last Saturday, University of Louisville football fans may struggle to find an area the Cardinals need to improve on during the first open week of the season.

But Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson can think of plenty.

"We've got a whole lot of things to work on," Watson said on Tuesday. "We're not at a level yet where we're playing clean football down after down."

The numbers Watson's offense has put up would suggest otherwise.

In their last two outings, the Cardinal offense has finally displayed the dynamism that was expected to be seen from them heading into the season. The three-headed ground attack of Senorise Perry, Dominique Brown, and Michael Dyer accounted for the bulk of 452 rushing yards against Kentucky and FIU, and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has thrown five touchdowns in that same span.

Watson's perfectionism is well-documented, however, and the coach will continue to push his unit forward during the open week.

"I could point to something (we need to improve on) in every aspect," Watson said.

"We're treating this week like spring practice; just like training camp. We'll go back to the basics and have a good fundamental practice. We'll clean up the little things that we've got to clean up."

The Louisville coaching staff will also be guarding against complacency in the week sans a game. After opening last week as a 40-point favorite against FIU, the Cardinals will be heavily favored when they take the field for their next contest- on Oct. 5 at Temple.

"I think what happens in a bye week, or what happens in a season in general, is you take for granted some of the things you were doing during training camp or spring ball," Watson said.

"I'm mindful of that with the players because I know that's a trap that they can fall into because they're young, and it's my job not to let them."

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