"I don't know who made that one up," sneered Michigan State head football coach John L. Smith. When informed that it was legendary Spartans football coach Duffy Daugherty, Smith quickly shifted gears, "Duffy said that, he asked? "Sounds good to me," he laughed.
"I thought overall this football team was tentative. We didn't come out and play with abandon. It was just more tentative than anything." But Smith was satisfied with one thing, "overall, it was a win, and let's get on to Eastern."
The head coach mentioned that he would like to see immediate improvement in a couple of areas, specifically, he wants his offensive line to be more physical.
"Basically what I said (earlier), we were just tentative. We didn't come out and 'push the pile' like we should have. A breakdown here, a breakdown there, one guy here, one guy there. I would have liked to play the run better than we did. I thought those two things - we didn't run the ball as well as we would like and we didn't defend the run as well as I would like."
The Spartans unit hasn't been together very long and showed some signs of not having completely gelled. Their appeared to be some tough sledding on the right side of the line where MSU fields two first year starters in sophomore Roland Martin and junior Jesse Miller.
Smith also felt wasn't happy with the way Idaho was able to run the football against his defensive front. While citing senior Cliff Ryan as being solid, Smith was hard pressed to name anyone else in the defensive front seven as standing out.
""OG", uh, not "OG"," Smith said correcting himself. "Baldwin, I thought played decently for the first game out."
The coach said he hopes that MSU wasn't overconfident because they were playing a WAC team in Idaho who was a big underdog.
"The way football is now, any team can beat you," said Smith. "You can beat any team on your schedule and any team on your schedule can beat you, so you'd better take it to heart."
As far as getting ready for Eastern Michigan and improving, Smith said, while he isn't so sure about the big second week leap, he still wants his team to improve.
"We try to get better every day, every week. I've never gone back and studied if that was the time you did that. I think if you're doing it right, you get better the entire year, especially if you stay healthy."
And what about Duffy's theory?
"That's way over my head. That's too intelligent for me to figure out," joked Smith.