On the win over Virginia:
“We were far from playing our best. We have yet to put together a complete game in all three phases. It’s discouraging and exciting at the same time because I know it’s going to happen, I just don’t know when. But we found a way to win, that’s probably the most important thing, is we did what it took to win. We made a few more plays than they did.”
On late game big plays:
“We said it early in the season, we have a bunch of kids that are believing and they will keep fighting and there is no quit in them, and they are going to give you all they got until the very end.”
On his team's defensive play in the second half versus Virginia:
“It left such a bad taste in your mouth from the first three or four series. You felt like, 'When is it going to end?' And then they started playing much better, and if you look at it from that point on, we fit the run very well, we did a much better job against it and made them throw the ball. If we made them one dimensional, then we knew we would have success.”
On the decision to put Mitch Trubisky in the game instead of calling a timeout to get Marquise Williams back in:
“My first thought was to call timeout. The next thing was how much time is on the clock, how many timeouts do we have, how many are we going to need? And then I thought, Mitch will be fine. He’s played; he’s got some meaningful reps. He’ll go in there and do the job. And I knew what we were going to call and that he would comfortable with it and thought it was going to be there, too. I did not realize that Jon Heck would be coming out of the game, I’ll be honest with you, I had no idea that was happening at the time. I don’t know if that would’ve changed my mind or not, but Mitch went in there, T.J. [Thorpe] ran a great route and got open and Mitch put it on him."
On Marquise Williams taking hits:
“If you’d have seen him moving around on Sunday you’d have known he gave it all, because he was hurting on Sunday, every inch of him. He played extremely well, he played hard, he’s going to give you everything he’s got and he took a beating. But he hung in there and made it happen.”
On the onsides kick call:
“I’ve gotten so many texts from people telling me that’s what they would’ve done, so I don’t know if it was that big of a deal or not. I couldn’t get anybody on the headset to say anything, it was like crickets on there. Ron West throughout the game, we had worked on it all week, and throughout the game he said it was there each time we lined up. It went through my head, 'Do we do it here, do we not?' There was 3:07 on the clock and we had three timeouts. I thought, 'Let's put this game away on the offensive side of the ball, and not put the defense back on the field.' Now, if it hadn’t have worked, it’d probably be different results right now and I’d be the goat, but that’s just the way it is."
On Mack Hollins:
“He’s played extremely well. He does so many things for us. He’s getting to be a guy that makes big play after big play. It's become routine for him. Both of those catches were competitive catches, those aren’t wide open and they drop in on you. He went and got both of them and made huge plays.”
Thoughts on the college football playoff:
“I really haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to it, but I would say that whoever those 16-18 teams, whoever it is that are in this thing right now - they’re in a playoff right now; if they don’t win out, they won’t be in those playoffs. I think it’s a lot of people talking about college football, and that’s always a good thing.”
What are the biggest factors in picking your return men?
“We’re looking at speed. Then a guy that I’ve got confidence in that’s going to handle the ball well and that’s going to do his job. The rest of it is letting them go, because what you don’t realize is that it is the other ten guys out on the field that are going to make it happen. [Ryan] Switzer is not going to return a punt for a touchdown if the other ten guys don’t do their job and nobody is going to do the same thing on the kickoff return unit. It is different between the two kicks. Everybody says, why don’t you have Switzer returning kickoffs? It’s a little bit different type of return and I just feel confident right now that he is better suited for punt return.”
On facing Miami on Saturday:
“On Thursday night [against Virginia Tech], I know defensively they created three turnovers in the third quarter alone. I think they got three fumbles in the third quarter. They’re really playing well. And they have a lot of confidence, and they are doing the things that they need to do to take care of a freshman quarterback.”
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