Irish Eyes Video: John Latina

Offensive line coach John Latina talks about the progress of the O-line so far.

Latina talks about O-line in this Irish Eyes Video.

We've also added a transcription of Latina's comments for those that cannot view the video.

John Latina Transcript

Latina on how working with Weis is unique:

"All of the guys I've worked with I've enjoyed working with…the different personalities. He's a guy who's run a system for 15 years. It's his system and he knows is inside and out….just how he can teach it to us as coaches in a very short period of time, and for us to be able to go ahead to teach it to our players. His organization is really unbelievable, and his knowledge of the system he has and he's helped develop is really incredible. He knows it inside and out."

On game day communication with Weis:

"Very efficient. He knows if we're having a problem, what the problem is, and more important, the answer to that problem and what we have to do to try to eliminate a problem. That's just knowing your system inside and out and coaching it for so many years. He knows how to implement it, how to coach and how to correct it."

On how much communication Weis wants during the game between coaches:

"It varies. There's time where he's got everything where he understands it and he sees what's happen, and there's times when he asks for feedback. Anything that the defense is showing that's new obviously would lend itself to having more feedback."

On what he feels Weis does with his play calling that allows him to stay a step ahead of the defenses:

"It's a good question. I wish I knew. I wish I had that ability. The only thing I can contribute it to is he knows our personnel, he knows his system, and he knows how to exploit most people's defenses. I think it goes back to his great understanding of his system."

On how Weis teaches the players:

"I think the best way I can answer that is that some people will coach it and tell you ‘this is what we're doing.' He'll teach it to where ‘this is why we're doing it.' I think that's the difference. If you're kids really understand why you're doing a specific thing or changing something, they understand why you're doing it, I think they have a better understanding of the whole offense. That's what teaching is."

On Weis' blocking schemes he's implemented and if he adds anything to the blocking schemes:

"This is all his. I've learned hopefully everything he's wanted me to learn. It has to fit. You can't bring in five guys and throw a bunch of different ideas and make it mesh. There has to be a rhyme and reason to what you're doing. This is all his stuff. Obviously it's good stuff, and stuff that allows you to be very flexible. You have a lot of different blocking schemes, and it allows you to exploit different defenses wherever their weaknesses are."

On if some of the things in Weis' system surprised him on how he does things"

"Obviously it was a great learning experience for me. I've been coaching at this level, this is my 27th year. To come in last winter and dive into the playbook, there was a lot of things to learn. You never stop learning as a coach. It was a great experience for me last winter and spring practice, and you can see all those things now come to light."

On if the blocking schemes stay pretty standard each week:

"It's pretty standard. There's certain plays we'll put in that week. We can't run our whole system. We have a lot of offense, and now you pick and choose what's best against the style of defense you're playing. Once you pick and choose the style of offense you choose to play against them, it's pretty standard."

On his impression of some of the backup offensive linemen so far:

"I think they're progressing. I think they're understanding more and more. They feel more comfortable with it. They're understanding the techniques better. It's still a process. Each and every week you can see them noticeably get better. It was good to get them in a game and watch them execute your offense because that's the only way you know what they know."

On watching his second unit offensive line leading the second unit to a touchdown last week.

"That was great. Anytime you put your Two's in and they take the ball down the field and score you feel good about them. It gives them a sense of confidence that they're doing things well or better and confidence is a critical thing in our business."

On if he's seen the younger O-line group develop the nasty attitude they like to teach yet:

"They're getting better. To be honest with you, I want our older kids to continue to improve upon that. It's a process. They're getting better. Our Two's are getting better and hopefully that game experience will allow them to do that."

On if he's happy with where the starters are at right now:

"Yes and no. There are some things that we're doing OK, and there's some things that we have to get better at. And not necessarily better, but more consistent. There are times where we do it well and times where we don't do it well. To be a really good football team you have to be a really consistent football team, and that's where we really have to make some strides at offensive line."


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