VIDEO: Mazzone After Stanford

Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone talks about the penalties, miscues, and play of Brett Hundley in the loss to Stanford Saturday...

Noel Mazzone after Stanford:


On the offense against Stanford:
Number one, they did a great job, that's a great defense. We didn't play very well, obviously. Brett had a rough time. They showed their veteran-ness against our O-Line. Our two freshman. And then when Simon went out, we had to stick Ben in there and then Connor, another freshman. I'm not making excuses, but that was in the back of Brett's mind the whole time. We should have ran the ball better. We came out and ran it well. I kind of got away from it a little bit. I should have came back with Malcolm maybe a little bit more. Shoot, this is just part of the learning curve with everybody. A young team. I don't see it as a setback, I see it as part of the learning process to becoming a great football team.

On if the rush affected Hundley:
A little bit, but there was a reason for that. Torian was out, Simon went out. Like I said, I'm not making excuses for the young guys, but these guys are in the learning curve too, the young guys. So it's hard to tell him, keep your vision down field, and he's starting to feel the pressure from the pass rush. What I should have done is run the football a little bit more and let the young guys get their feet wet a little bit. Maybe tried to grind out more. I'm going to tell you the other thing that is inexcusable, which is just bad by my part is, you just can't have that many false starts on second and medium. That really gets us off schedule. It gets us out of rhythm. I've always told you guys. The one drive we had, when we were making a couple of first downs and keeping the defense on their heels, was pretty good. But then we just let them line up on us and tee off. I've got to do a better job of coaching them. Have a better plan for them.

On if the running game struggles are hurting Hundley:
I don't know if it hurts Brett as much as it hurts a young O-Line. Because now these guys are just pinning their ears back and coming at you. They're not having to respect our run game.

On if the injuries to the offensive line changed the play-calling:
Yeah, a little bit.

On the touchdown drive and what worked:
No penalties, made a couple of first downs. We found a rhythm and Brett found his rhythm. Then we come back out and make a 6-7 yard gain on first down, and then we'd get another penalty. I'm going to tell you, penalties, dropped balls, those things just get you off schedule and kill you on offense, any offense. Same with the drives they didn't do anything on, there was a holding call, a penalty that gets you off schedule. And we just had way too many of those today.

On what Stanford's secondary did to stop them:
I thought our receivers did a nice job with those guys in the back. I wish we had a little more time to get the ball to them. But they're a good defense. No doubt about that. You come into their house and play a good defense. We're a good football team. We're a good offense. We just had a day where too many of the mistakes that hurt a good offense, we had today.

On if the offensive line is starting to resemble last year's offensive line:
I don't know, I can't remember last year. We have to come up with a better plan to help our o-line in those situations. So I could have done a better job there. It's just like anything, we're young. Some times we had a lot of young guys out there. And they're good players and they're going to be really good players. And every once in a while, you take a punch in the mouth and you get knocked down and these kids will bounce back and they'll be better because of it.

On if he feels they blew the opportunity:
We didn't seize the opportunity as much as we could have. The great thing about it is we get to line up next Saturday and do it again, against a really good football team.

On if Hundley bounces back from games like that:
He does. A lot of times, I think that he feels that he has to do everything for us. He's a great kid, he's a great quarterback. He's not the first quarterback to come down the road and have one rough game. I think two weeks ago, New England scored six points with Tom Brady and then he came back the next week and scored 40. It happens.

On if Hundley gets too wound up before big games:
I don't think so. We all felt good about this one going in to it. We just couldn't get the car out of the starting gate. We had this sucker gassed up. We were stepping on the gas, but we just couldn't get it going. That's how we are as an offense. We're not 3 yards and a cloud of dust- we live off big plays and explosive plays and getting guys in space. We just didn't do enough and have enough of those. You saw glimpses of it and then where did it go?
 


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