On having defensive problems, including tackling: I would say there are other issues. Whenever you lose football games, it's just not one thing.
On some defensive corrections and adjustments being easier to correct than others: Obviously, we lost a player (when going live in practice). All we can do is try to get better. Believe me, we're working on it--and we have worked on it. One of the comments we got was that we did tackle a lot (when I first got here) and people were shocked to see that during practice. The fundamentals are being taught, but just like a lot of things, it doesn't look like it. Executing, that's something different.
On SMU running the ball more this year than last year: I wouldn't say (they are running the ball more). I'd say you have the two best rushers in the league and two passing teams. You can make your own assumptions from that.
On SMU's strengths: I see an experienced quarterback (Kyle Padron) that's thrown 1,000 yards in the past two weeks. I see the other leading rusher (Zach Line) in the league besides Bryce Beall. I see one of the leading tacklers in the country (Ja'Gared Davis). Davis is having a heck of a year in terms of tackles and sacks. I see a big guy (Margus Hunt) that has blocked probably six or seven kicks this year and a future NFL kicker (Matt Szymanski) that I've known since he was a little kid. They're a couple of years into their system with experienced players and they've improved somewhat defensively. Kyle has continued to get better. Actually, the first time he played was against us last year. Over the offseason, he's been surrounded by talent and it's given him a chance to get better. He's one of the faster guys in our league and their identity is really who they are. They've been a run-and-shoot team, and they look a little like us. It surprises people that the two leading rushers in the league are on our teams.
On (SMU linebacker Ja'Gared) Davis moving around frequently: They're a 3-4 team and they move around. They kind of bounce around a little bit and create some situations that make it possible for him to be an inch guy. It's very similar to the way that we lost week.
On the progress of quarterback David Piland: I don't know if you can develop a guy in two weeks. He's getting better. Over the course of the last few weeks, I've seen certain situations arise and how he's improved in handling them mechanically, with pace of play, direction, attitude and communicating during the game what's going on. He has continued to improve.