Robinson Stands by Patterson

Syracuse Head Football Coach Greg Robinson continued to preach his loyalty to starting quarterback Perry Patterson at his Tuesday press conference.

Syracuse Head Football Coach Greg Robinson continued to preach his loyalty to starting quarterback Perry Patterson at his Tuesday press conference.

           

"Let me say right now I'm not considering changing the quarterback," Robinson said. "I want the whole team (not just one player) to understand that accountability is important."

           

The comment should give Patterson some relief. The questions about a quarterback change came on the heels of the quarterback's worst performances of his career in a 15-7 loss to West Virginia Sunday. Patterson threw for 85 yards on 32 attempts. He also threw an interception that resulted in a touchdown for the defense. In the late stages of the game, Robinson admitted Patterson was "flustered".

           

"(Perry) has to understand that we believe in him, he's a better quarterback than he played Sunday" Robinson said. "He needs to not listen to everybody else."

           

Robinson referenced "everybody else" as the media criticizing Patterson, and some of the fans calling for his head.

           

The point Robinson tried to get across most during the press conference was a message that the whole team was responsible for what happened, not just the quarterback.

           

"Accountability is important here," Robinson said. "Accountability to myself, the coaches, and the players."

           

Although Robinson maintained that Patterson would be the starter for next week's game, he carefully issued a warning that things need to start getting better quickly on offense.

           

"I don't want to single anybody out, because at this point there's no need to, no changes are being made," Robinson said. "There could be changes in certain areas if things don't improve."


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