Paul Johnson comments on Kent State win

Navy Head Coach Paul Johnson spoke to the media about Navy's 34-31 win over Kent State.

P.J.: Well, it wasn't the prettiest game. I think that would be an understatement. Clearly I did a very poor job of getting our guys ready to play, because we came out with no emotion. We were just kind of blah. We missed so many opportunities in the first half. It's hard to imagine how many missed reads and wide open receivers we missed. Other times we would just throw the ball up in the air or we wouldn't block anybody. The defense played pretty well in the first half and then we come out at halftime and we did an about-face. We decide to change sides (offense played better and the defense played worse). We just never played with any consistency. You have to give the kids credit. They found a way to win and any time you win you have to be happy, but we have to play better than that.

Q. Isn't it nice to get the win even though you didn't play well? There are always going to be games in a season where you don't play well.

A. Any time you win you should be happy. We found a way to win the game. I can tell we are growing as a program because when I went into the locker room guys had their heads down. They know we didn't play well, yet we still won the game. I think they are disappointed in the way they played and I'm disappointed in myself for not finding a way to get them to play better. We are 3-2 and we are going to go back and see if we can get better next week. We have to get better if we are going to win next week. I think you have to give Kent some credit too. They played hard.

Q. After Lamar threw the ball up for grabs in the end zone you replaced him. Was that just to wake him up a little bit? You let him back in the game and he played pretty well after that.

A. He did much better the second half. We have to quit doing that. That's three games in a row where we just throw the ball up for grabs when we are in scoring range. You have to look where you're throwing it.

Q. Did you feel like he had multiple receivers open in the first quarter and he was throwing it to the wrong one?

A. I don't know. A lot of things were happening awfully fast and we will have to look at the tape. I know they were firing the cornerbacks and we had play-action called a couple of times when they fired the corner and that should be a good thing.

Q. Tomlinson is becoming quite a big-play guy. He had over 100 yards receiving for the second-straight game.

A. Jason is a really good player and he's consistent. I think today every ball that was near him he caught. He did a really nice job today and made some nice plays.

Q. You have to be happy to win the game despite losing the turnover battle?

A. This was the craziest game I've ever been in. I don't think we punted in the game. It's crazy. We turn the ball over four times. It was just a weird game. It's hard to describe.

Q. Kent's defense gave up a lot of yards but I thought they played fairly well against the option. Don't you think?

A. We didn't punt the whole game. I don't know how many yards we had (over 500). I mean when you get down on the goal line and you drop a snap and you roll it in between somebody's legs that makes things tough.

Q. How difficult was it to get the team back down to earth after last weeks emotional win?

A. Evidently it was pretty tough. We had a decent practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Thursday was awful offensively. It was probably as bad a practice as we've had since I've been here and that's the way we played the game. We talked about it after practice on Thursday and I talked about it again on Friday night at the hotel and clearly I didn't do a very good job doing whatever I had to do to get them ready to play.


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