It was a good practice. With two-a-days we start a little earlier, and it wasn't steaming hot... a nice little breeze. Both sides, we did some good things. We just need so much work. We just need so much work. Enough said. Insted of 29, I wish we could go 58.
What in particular needs work?
Everything. Everything. The kicking game... we need a ton of work. We spend a minimum of 20 minutes a day on the kicking game. A minimum... every practice. It just seems like you run out of time... you get a couple of them with a pulled hamstring or this and that, and it messes things up with who you're working with.
That holds true for everything. It's the same old thing. When you go against one another, one practice this side of the ball looks good and that side gets beat so those coaches get on their players and these guys get complacent. Then the next one these guys look good and these guys look bad and their coaches get on them... so on and so forth.
But they've been competing good against one another. We just wish we had more time.
Is this something you experience every year or is it moreso a concern this year?
I think it's every year. It is this year in a way. If we're recruiting right, we're going to lose underclassmen, and God bless them really, but I don't know if I've ever been a part of losing four of them. Two of the four were first-round draft picks, but if you had the other two back that would be two more experienced [players]. I don't mean that in a crying manner, I really don't. That's just a part of life.
But, you know what? There is some good young talent there that needs work. They just need reps, reps, and reps.
How do you develop toughness?
You lose your voice in practice. You've got to get after them. We're learning how to practice certain things. We can't scrimmage all the time, we can't go live. Nobody can afford to lose anybody in any league. So we'll go live and go "thud," but when the people up front hear "thud" they think they are going to brother-in-law each other.
It's not what you need up there. We did some extra live things today, and I said to them the only difference between live and thud is the fact that we're not going to tackle the ballcarrier. Everything else should sound a like, and that's how these kids got to learn how to practice.
Thoughts on Koren Robinson and his latest issues:
It's been a while since I chatted with him last. Wasn't it just a week or so ago that I read something that he had just come out of an intervention program, and he said it's over? It's shocking, because I felt he realized he's got a second chance in the NFL. I haven't talked to him in the last year and a half probably.
You hate to see it happen. They are young men. They know the difference between right and wrong. You've got decisions you have to make, you've got choices on those decisions, and then there are consequences if you make the wrong choice.
That's an NFL thing.
Impressions on freshman linebacker Nathaniel Irving:
When he's in there, he moves around... I like the way he moves around. He has no idea what defense we're in, and I mean that facetiously, but he's going strictly on instincts... which to me is the most important thing. I think he's a good young prospect... with a bright future.
How is LeRue Rumph looking in his second year moving from safety to linebacker?
Not as good as he should.
Why is that?
If I knew I'd tell him, and I'd tell him anyway. Right now, not as good as he should. Not as good as he should.
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