Paul Johnson Wednesday comments

Navy head coach Paul Johnson commented on Navy's upcoming game with UMass. Johnson also comments on the recent player eligibility issues at Army.

Q. Coach how did you think Brian did in his first start?

A. Brian did a lot of good things Saturday, he certainly helped us win, but like the rest of the team there are a lot of things that he can improve on and I think he would be the first guy to say that and I really look for him to show a lot of improvement this week. He has a game under his belt and hopefully some of the jitterbugs will be gone and he can settle down because he's a very talented young man.

Q. How difficult is it to have a new quarterback every year and trying to install the offense?

A. It varies on the individual. Every guy is different. Brian played a lot last year, but when you're the starter it's different because you have all that time to think about it. He missed some things, I think he got a little excited and he has to learn to play within himself and control his emotions.

Q. Do you think it's good to have such a hard fought opener as opposed to some of the teams that had a laugher in the opening week?

A. Well, I don't know about that. If I knew who we could schedule for a laugher I would try to get them. Any time you win it's a positive.

Q. I was going to ask you about the punter. He did the rugby style, was that only because the situation at the time or are you looking to do rugby style going forward?

A. I don't know.

Q. I think you do.

A. I know, but I'm not going to tell you. We will let the teams we are going to play decide.

Q. Veteto has shown that he can punt normal style?

A. Yeah and I thought he did a great job Saturday. The one he kicked was into the wind and he kicked it about 37 or 38 yards. It was good. There should have been no return if we would have covered it right.

Q. There wasn't too much of a return.

A. It should have been nothing.

Q. Did he have the green light to run?

A. They always have the green light to run when we do it.

Q. That's one of the beauties of doing the rugby kick.

A. If you aren't going to give them the green light to run then you might as well not do it.

Q. Saturday's game was quick. Some coaches are already saying that the new clock rule is cutting plays out of the game.

A. Yeah it did. I don't know if you noticed but we went straight to the ball at the change of every possession. We didn't huddle, we went straight in and got on the ball, and it still shortened the game.

Q. How many plays, roughly, do you think it cost you?

A. I don't know. I think on average people have said about 15-20 plays were missing from the game.

Q. That seems like an awful lot.

A. You would have to look at the average. I think last year the average was 141 and the first week the average was around 122 or something like that.

Q. Don't you think that it's a shame that the powers to be are cutting into the actual game instead of doing something different? I know why they are doing it. They want to keep college football games to three hours.

A. If everybody would run the ball it would be a lot faster.

Q. Obviously all the passing teams do now have increased the length of the game, but it just seems like they are messing with the actual game.

A. Yeah, it's unfortunate. The coaches voted it down at every chance we got to vote but it didn't do any good. The rules committee passed it anyway.

Q. I guess you have to be advertisers to have any clout.

A. I guess.

Q. What was your take on the replay system and how that worked?

A. I thought it worked out well. I thought they got all the calls correct and the officials did a nice job. That's all you want, you want it to be called right. I thought they did a good job of that.

Q. Do you actually look at the replay? I mean you can throw a flag if you want.

A. I don't have a flag. You have to call timeout and tell them you want to challenge it, but we never had to because anything that was close they did on their own. I try to watch the replay as fast as I can to see if it needs to be challenged.

Q. At what point do they notify you that they are going to review so you know if you have to call timeout.

A. They just stop the thing. You can tell if they are milling around and not marking the ball for play what's going to happen. You have to take a chance. If I were going to have to use a timeout I would wait until right before the ball was snapped.

Q. But that's the big decision is to use a timeout. You have to be pretty certain.

A. You have to be certain it's going to be overturned. Either I have to see it or the coaches in the box have to see it and they have to be sure it's going to be overturned.

Q. Looking ahead to the UMass game, we've talked about Baylark and the fact that he's a very good runner, but it appears that their calling card is defense. Can you talk about what you see defensively out of UMass? I know they have a ton of transfers. What kind of defense do they run, what do they like to do?

A. They are very aggressive. They blitz a lot, they play really hard, they have good players and they can run. You put all that together with a good scheme and it gives them a chance to be good on defense.

Q. Does Brown run basically the same scheme he ran at UMass?

A. They are similar.

Q. But he's the type of guy that likes to do a bunch of things. Change fronts, blitz.

A. I don't know how much they are going to do against us. Usually the more things people do the better it works for us. They will have several ways to play, I'm sure they will have two or three different ways to play.

Q. Does watching their film against Rhode Island last year give you a good indication of how they will line up?

A. I don't know. We're so different from Rhode Island. We line up the same way sometimes, but Rhode Island plays at least half their snaps with a tight end and they do some different things?

Q. Are they a true triple option?

A. They run it a little bit, but not like we do.

Q. A lot of speed option?

A. They run a lot of different stuff. It's similar, but not the same.

Q. Looking at the depth chart it doesn't look like UMass is overwhelmingly bigger than you compared to East Carolina. It might be more of a fair fight as far as that's concerned.

A. They aren't as big, but sometimes stronger and faster guys are better than big slow guys. They have a good football team.

Q. Any thoughts on the situation at Army?

A. I didn't know anything about it until I saw it in the paper and then I found out that one of our players who just graduated asked our compliance director how they could be eligible so she called Army and asked the question and that's pretty much it. I didn't have any idea it was going on until I saw that they were ineligible. I hope they rule them eligible. I have about 25 guys that will be eligible next year if they do.


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