It was in Tuesday afternoon's weekly San Diego State football press conference that Aztecs head coach Rocky Long took sole responsibility for the disappointing (2-3, 0-1 MWC) start to the season.
"First off, I'd like to say I've got to do a much better job of coaching," SDSU head coach Rocky Long said. "Over the last three weeks, we have been absolutely terrible in pass defense. Special teams haven't been very good either. They've been very inconsistent and really bad in the San Jose game. On offense, we were good for two weeks and then kind of poor against Fresno State. So obviously, I'm doing a terrible job of coaching."
SDSU has lost back-to-back games due to the inability of stopping the pass and miscues by the special teams unit.
"We have enough talent to be better than we are, so it comes down to coaching," Long explained. "I'm sure we're all frustrated. I'm frustrated. We're frustrated and the only way to make that better is to be able to win a game."
Earlier this season most thought of the Aztecs as a slow starting team. Now they are a team that has been outscored 27-10 in the 4th quarter of back-to-back losses.
"When you're doing things and they don't work right, you have to adjust how you do things," Long said. "We've tried to adjust over the last couple weeks, especially on pass defense, and for a little bit of the time it would work. Then eventually the other team would adjust to what we were doing differently and the results ended up the same."
"We have to adjust what we're doing and do it better, so that our players understand the scheme better and perform better."
SDSU will have to defeat Hawaii (1-3, 0-1 MWC), who is coming off a 47-0 shutout loss to BYU, to wipe away the frustration. The major concern for the Aztecs coaching staff is the Warriors are in the same situation as San Diego State.
"I would guess that Hawai'i feels exactly the same way we do," Long said. "When you watch them on film, they're much more talented and have the ability to play much better than they've been playing."
"I'm sure they're frustrated and want to win a game very bad. That is the same (way) that we are."
Each program will be looking to bounce back from rough losses and grab their first conference win of the season.
-Defensive back Josh Wade hurt his calf in the 52-40 loss to Fresno State returned back to practice Tuesday.
"It's a lot better," Wade said. "I'm doing some treatments today. I just have to stay hydrated, get in the cold tub. It's feeling a lot better."
-Defensive lineman Dontrell Onuoha still is not back with the team as he's taking care of personal issues.
"I don't think we miss anything," Long said. "Whenever a person has to leave because of personal reasons or being disciplined, it's just like a player getting hurt. You have to replace them with whoever the next guy is, and whoever you've got, he's got to perform at the same level."
Rocky takes blame
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