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“Rough ball game today. I’m not sure if any one of our three phases played very well. We’ve got to go back and evaluate the tape look at it, get it corrected and hopefully come out and be a better football team in two weeks.”
On the offense:
“It was very disappointing. I don’t think we played well up front. Anywhere. Quarterback, running backs, wide receivers. We made a few plays there in the third and fourth quarter, but it was way too inconsistent to be effective as an offense. Very poor.”
On the special teams miscues:
“Very disappointing, because we spend a lot of time on it. We emphasize it as much as anybody in the country. We’ve usually been pretty good and it was very disappointing to see that today.”
Did you get a sense before the game that the players were ready?
“I thought they were ready, it was no different from any other game, I thought they were ready. You have to give Miami credit now, they came out and plaid a heck of a game and got after us. We didn’t respond very well.”
How limited was Marquise Williams physically?
“He was fine. He was 100 percent. He was 100 percent. He was ready to go.”
Making sense of the loss:
“It’s hard to make sense of. Right now, today, I just have to say they whipped us. That’s all I can say. We’ve got to go back and look at all of it to really see what it was. We fit the run pretty well in some situations, but then we gave up big plays in the running game that hurt us. I think they completed 11 passes on the day and three of them for touchdowns. Offensively, there was never a situation where we felt like we were in any kind of rhythm whatsoever. That’s bad. That’s hard as a play caller, for Seth [Littrell], when there’s no rhythm and you’re searching for everything. We did nothing consistently. We’ve got to be better. We have to run the ball effectively to be good on offense. We weren’t able to do that.”
On rebounding from tough losses:
“They’re disappointed. Heck, they don’t feel good about anything from today. Its hard to tell in a locker room after a game because if you lose a game you don’t feel very good, it doesn’t matter what you did. We’ll know more this week, I know what’s in these guys, they’ll fight and they’ll scratch they’re going to claw, they’re going to play hard they’re not going to give up, they’re going to keep playing, and they’ll overcome it.”
Do you think this bye week is coming at a good time?
“It doesn’t really matter. We have a bye week and we’re going to make the best of it. We’re going to make it work for us. We knew it was coming this week, so that doesn’t really matter. We planned for it and we’ll have a good plan to get better, we’ll get some good work with the young guys also, and then we’ll put together a plan for the next one.”
On how frustrating the level of play was:
“It was pretty frustrating. I don’t really have an answer for you as to why, I will say, coming out after halftime, we may not have played really well, but we still had guys playing hard, who kept fighting. And I do like that about this football team. Especially we got a bunch of young guys that will keep giving you everything that they’ve got, not that the old guys didn’t, but there are more young guys than there are old guys and so it’s a good felling that those guys will continue to fight.”
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