Coach Pinkel's Monday Media Address

Tiger head coach discusses Nebraska, Texas Tech and the state of his team at his weekly address

On Monday afternoon, Coach Pinkel addressed the media. He indicated that Luke Lambert will be out again this week, and that he expects everyone else will play. He also said that there are several guys who are banged up, but that is to be expected at this point in the season. There were no changes in the depth chart from last week.

Coach Pinkel referred to the "few big plays" that the defense surrendered on Saturday, as "devastating".

"Obviously, you can't give up big plays, and be a good defensive team." said Coach Pinkel. "When we look at that, it was just execution. You know, we've run the same defenses against the same looks all of the time, and the execution wasn't what it needs to be, and so it's up to the coaches and players together to make sure we execute. And obviously, it's very disappointing. What we're going to try to do is to correct them, and move on."

Coach Pinkel gave credit to Nebraska for playing well, and said that the Tigers didn't play their best, on either side of the ball.

Coach Pinkel indicated that they're going to continue to utilize the same TB rotation.

"We'd like to run the football more than we ran in that game," began Coach Pinkel. "When the score is what it is right after the first quarter, you've got a lot of catching up to do. Even though there's a lot of time, you've got a lot of catching up to do. And, when we look back at it, we kind of wish we'd have run the football a little more."

Coach also admitted that he's concerned about their goal line offense. He's very pragmatic in his approach, in that if your not getting touchdowns, then it's not working, and it's something that needs to be fixed.

"We been running the spread for a long time," began Coach Pinkel. "And if you look overall, I think we've been pretty good at it. We've found ways to score."

"To me, the numbers are what they are," explained Coach Pinkel. "And, if you're not getting the ball in the end zone, then you're not getting it in. So, you've got to re-evaluate, and you've got to look at what you're doing."

"I believe we've been pretty good at it in the past," continued Coach Pinkel. "I think the numbers prove that. But the numbers prove, right now, that we're not as good as we need to be."


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