You can also read Scott Cole's QuickCap here: 1. After looking at the tape, do you feel any better about your offense than you did on Saturday?
Some aspects were better than Joe thought, but overall, it was not a good offensive performance. When youre not happy about something, youre not happy about it. Joe was more than a little disappointed that the offense didnt play better.
2. How did Cadogan and Auletta do in relief of Price and Shaw? How is the offensive line progressing after 8 games?
Theyve had some injuries to Levi and Price and that hurt the cohesiveness of the line. Cadogans got a long way to go. Auletta is a little further along, but neither has played a lot of football so Joe has to be careful about how much he criticizes them.
3. Do you let Anthony change the play at the line of scrimmage or is the play called expected to be run?
There are certain plays they think can work no matter what the defense is doing. Other times, Anthony has to check out of plays and he has permission to do that. There are some times when they want to go on a quick count that he does not have the option of checking out.
4. What are the reasons for the offensive lines poor performance of late?
Joe thinks the coaches worked the line too hard last week because they didnt know whether they would have Morelli or Clark until Thursday. They had them out there longer than usual on Monday. A few of the guys talked to the coaches at the end of the week about being tired. There have been a number of changes to the starting lineup due to injuries that have also hurt the chemistry of the line.
5. Why is AJ Wallace so effective on kick returns?
All good return guys have to have speed and you have to have vision to see open spots and hit them. AJ is a kid with a lot of speed, a lot of confidence in himself and he has good vision.
6. Because it was Homecoming, were you able to get away from the game afterwards at your home?
Jays birthday was Saturday and he had a bunch of people at the house, so Joe was there for a couple of hours. Football is a seven day a week job though. You cant get away from it all together. Joe was glad the team won because the university has such wonderful fans and alumni and it added to the weekend.
7. Andrew Quarless has looked good on a couple of receptions. Whats your take on the tight end situation?
Joe thinks theyre ok. Theyve had a couple of drops and run a few routes wrong and that hurts the QB. Quarless is a freshman and sometimes he gets little out of whack when hes pushed around, but hes certainly a fine prospect. They probably should throw the ball to him more often.
However, until the line can give Morelli enough pass protection, the passing game is going to suffer. Theyre probably not throwing the ball enough to the backs or the tight end, but they have to use those players for pass protection.
8. Is the offense feeling pressure to perform because the defense is playing well? How old was Jay on his birthday?
Joe cant compare 2004 to this season. Joe has no idea how old Jay is.
9. Is there anything that Levi Brown can do as far as leadership to get the offensive line going?
Its tough when things arent going well. The running game has been nil the past couple of weeks. When they struggled earlier, they were playing against some really good defenses. Theres only so much Levi can do on his own. The line just has to get together and work hard to get better, and the coaches have to coach them better.
10. What do you see from Purdues defense?
Early on, they didnt play that well, but theyve gotten better lately. They have a great defensive end that is leading the Big Ten in sacks. The linebackers are playing well. They have a couple of cornerbacks that werent with them last year. Theyre not at the level of some of the other defenses theyve seen, but theyre getting better every week.
11. What will your starting offensive line be on Saturday?
Joe doesnt have the slightest idea yet. Theyve only practiced one day. Wednesday or Thursday, the coaches will decide who will start. They wont work the line as hard this week as they did last week so as not to tire them out.
12. It doesnt seem like the offense is using the middle of the field much. Why is that?
Part of that is pass protection. It takes a while to get guys to run routes over the middle and linebackers play better in pass defense now. Thats a good observation though. They dont use the middle of the field much in the passing game, but until they get some better pass protection, its going to be tough to call routes over the middle because of the time they take to develop.
13. Is Greg Harrison out for the year?
He gave up football.
14. What improvement have you seen from Anthony Morelli this year?
At the beginning of the year, he didnt understand exactly what it would take to be a good quarterback. The only criticism Joe would have of him is that he holds the ball too long sometimes. Thats not really Anthonys fault though because the line cant give him enough time to find an open receiver.
Anthonys in a tough spot right now and has done a great job this year.
15. Talk about Paul Poslusznys play. Is he comfortable in the middle now?
Paul played his best game of the season on Saturday. Joe doesnt ask him if hes more comfortable now than he was earlier. Hes not Superman. He cant take on a whole football team by himself. He knows what needs to be done and hes playing really well.
16. Is there going to be an added emphasis this week to get better on first down to avoid second and third and long?
Theres going to be an emphasis on everything, not just first down.
17. Is Kelly pressing?
Hes been kicking the ball very well in practice. He never says anything, doesnt complain about the hold or anything. There have also been times where the hold has been good, but he slips. Joe senses Kelly might be apprehensive about whats going to happen on each kick and that is affecting him.
18. Are you talking to the Big Ten to extend the season to add a bye week?
The coaches voted unanimously at their meetings to ask the athletic directors to set up the schedule to have a bye week. Miles Brand thinks that a bye week doesnt help anyone academically, but he doesnt know what hes talking about. Joe wishes the team had a bye week so the players could get caught up on their studies. It would be especially helpful for the freshmen.
Its a bad decision by the Big Ten and Joe cant understand why the presidents of the universities allowed this to happen.
19. What does Purdue do that makes their passing game so successful?
Thats their philosophy. They spread you out and pass the ball well. They have a good quarterback who was phenomenal against Northwestern. They have great wideouts that can catch the ball and make plays.
Joe Tiller has had a bigger impact on the Big Ten than any other coach in the league in Joes opinion.
20. Did the secondary have a breakout game against Illinois and what is Donnie Johnsons status?
Johnson will be fine. The quarterback at Illinois is inexperienced and will be very good, but his forte right now is running the football, not passing. This will be a good week to find out just how good the secondary is. In practice, theyre making progress. Theyre reacting to the ball better. Theyre adjusting to each other better. But, until they do something against a quarterback of Painters stature, hes reluctant to say the secondary is good.
21. What effect is the pass protection having on the passing game?
Its not one specific thing that has to be fixed. The offense has to get better in general. The problem is not the passing game. Its the running game. If they can run better, then play action passes and some other things make themselves available. If they cant run, then it becomes very difficult to throw the football. They have to get better.