Teleconference: Amato Talks Wolfpack Football

Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato talked with the media today via teleconference and here is a sampler of what he had to say.

Stopping Wake Forest run schemes:
We've gotta work like the dickens and thank God we have three extra days to do it.

Should the hype and nice facilities transfer to success on the field?
Yes, especially if they've been around for a long time and we're just starting to reap the benefits of it. But you know, what came first, the chicken or the egg? We understand that no one hurts more than these kids and this football team right now looks a lot different than what it was when I first got here.

Why did Jay Davis look uncomfortable in the pocket?
A lot of the times is the way he moves around the pocket is what people call working the pocket. You saw Phillip Rivers do that a lot, step up, slide to the right, slide to the left. He didn't have his best game and he'd be the first one to admit that. But neither had Brett Favre the first two or three games of his year this year for the Packers, so those things do happen. But he certainly has done a lot for us the last couple of weeks.

Thoughts on booing from the crowd and fan criticisms:
Number one I don't hear it because I have my earphones on. I don't know my picture is up there ,and I'm too busy worrying about what's on my mind and what's going on on the field. Today I've just been breaking down game film and getting ready for Wake Forest.

Fans saying that maybe it's time for a change in leadership.
Well that's what some people think and for the true Wolfpack fans I don't know how they feel. I would be wrong to get in to that conversation. Our coaches are working 18 to 20 hours a day to get these young kids, and they're youngsters, young men that are going to school, and we're trying to give them the best opportunity to win for our fans. They're going back and just working and our coaches will continue to work as diligently as they have and more so.

Marcus Stone get more playing time?
Well right now Marcus has got a bit of a knee problem and you saw him come off the field yesterday after he was in there and Jay had to come back in.  We're not gonna make any decisions on that right now. We're still all riding on emotion and we have all day tomorrow and the players will come
back in here on Sunday. We have a lot of time that we can sit down and discuss. But Jay has done an awful lot of good things in the first five games.

What was your reaction when someone in the crowd during the Walk of Champions threw out
a yellow flag?
I didn't see it, I heard about it. So I don't have any response to it.

Thoughts on lining up offsides penalties:
I think we corrected in the second half. We had five in the first half.  Three of them were lining up and two of them were hard count where they pulled us off which they do against everybody. I remember watching the Boston College-Clemson game and Boston College had 6 penalties in the
first half and five of them were offsides, and five penalties in the second half and four were offsides, which were very similar to what we had. But it's happened to everybody. It happened to Miami who plays against them. But lining up I thought we had reached that with our kids, but that was corrected before halftime.

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