McCorvey Discusses Evaluation Of Offense

Following Monday's afternoon practice session, offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey met with media to discuss his evaluations of what has happened, and what has to be done, on that side of the football if Mississippi State is to recover from the slow start to this 2008 season. Few will argue with his overall assessment. "Well one thing we've got to do, we've got to score."

"That's plain and simple, we've got to score. We get down there and get that close, we've got to be able to put the ball in the end zone. Football is a game of momentum and emotions, OK. They scored, if we take that one down and get it in we've probably got a chance. And that's the thing we've got to do, we can't keep beating ourselves. We had a bad snap the next series, then after that we had the two interceptions.

"I want the quarterbacks aggressive, but then we've got to be smart, too. When you get opportunities down there, you want to look at it, then if you don't have it. Dump it off. Take the ball and dump it off. Next?"

Q: What is in store for this week? "Well the biggest thing, I mean you just can't throw everything away. You've got to look and evaluate, see what you've been doing good and then you've got to put emphasis on that. That's what we did yesterday and today; we went back (over) four games and looked to see what we're really doing good and where we're having some success, and that's what we're going to have to do."

Q: What are your impressions of the quarterbacks right now? "Both of them went in and did some good things. I thought both of them threw the ball well. We talk about we want to complete over 60%; I think Wes was 63% and Tyson was 62%, overall we were 62%. But we got to eliminate the interceptions, that's the bottom line. You've got to eliminate the things that you're doing to hurt yourself. Right now, that's where we've got to get Wes to. Tyson is doing a pretty good job of taking care of the football but there are some other things that he is not doing that y'all don't see and probably some other people don't see that we've got to get him where he's up to par and maybe get in there and play a little bit more than what he is."

Q: Without giving away specifics, what are things you are doing well? "We've been getting the ball to Brandon McRae quite a bit on some of the things that we've been doing. A lot of the underneath stuff to Aubrey Bell, we've been doing good on that. And we've got to continue to do that, and look at other ways and other formations to get into so you're not giving away what you're doing every time. Then the other thing is get somebody else involved to make a play. I thought we did that with Robert Elliot. But hopefully we can get Delmon Robinson in the mix where he knows what he's doing, where he can get out there and give us a play too. Because the kid has ability enough to do it, we've just got to make sure when he's in there that he knows what he's doing where he can go out and be able to execute."

Q: How is your confidence in the offensive line, there seem to have been some struggles? "It has been. We haven't been as dominant at some positions where we've been in the past. Right now one of the things that J.B. (Grimes) is talking about and what we need to address is some pass protection issues. Because we've taken some hits, had some sacks, and those things. And the other thing, running the football. You know, that's what's amazing; we want to be a good running football team but we have not been able to run the ball as well as we have in the past. And right now we're ahead in the passing game better than we are in the running game."

Q: Can you talk about the plays in short-yardage situations? "Well, probably all of y'all think it's the same play. But it's not the same play that's being run. But we're going to have to look at some things, and address some things, probably open up the sets where we're not sending those sets all the time. We're going to have to open up some of those things, too, spread some people out like we did down there on the goal line when Robert scored."

Q: How has the absence of Marcus Green altered things? "It's affected us quite a bit because of the speed that he has and being able to get down the middle of the defense. That's hurt, because the other guys can't do that. And that's why we've been using sometimes four wide-receiver sets, getting one of those guys in there to do what he's been doing. But then what you get into when you use those guys and use them enough you're limited on how much you can do it because you don't want to run them and wear them down."

Q: Was there any thought on the 3rd-and-short of a quarterback sneak or keeper? "Well, you want to give the ball to your best back. And normally that's what you do. After it was over, yeah, probably some other things I would have liked to have done and we would have liked to have done. But you want you best back with the football, and that's what we did."


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