Defensively, you guys are allowing a lot of points and a lot of yards. Do you attribute that to youth and inexperience and having to learn a new scheme?
"On the defensive side we are young and inexperienced in a lot of positions. We will only get better. We just have to focus more, basically."
Is the scheme difficult to learn and it's taking you guys a while to learn it?
"No, it's not difficult at all. It's just a lot of adjusting to formations. You can't have half the guys playing one coverage and the other half playing another coverage. Basically, we just have to get everybody on the same page."
Did you see improvement in the overall defense last week?
"Yeah, I saw improvement. The plays that we gave up wasn't because we couldn't handle the guys. It was because of busted coverage. We'll continue to work on it and get better. This Saturday we are going to come back with a victory."
Does this team just need something good to happen to it to get over that hump and start rolling?
"Yeah, if we get that W this week and get that winning taste in our mouths, that will be a big plus. Once we win this one, then we can take it one game at a time and try to build on that."
Are you 100%?
"I wouldn't say I'm 100% but I'm getting closer and closer. I will play this week."
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