VIDEO: Mazzone on Offensive Troubles

Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone talks about why the offense has struggled in recent weeks and what needs to improve going forward...

Noel Mazzone:

Opening statement:
I want to give a shout out to my mom and my dog. They're the only two people who like me right now. Actually, my mom is kind of 50-50. Dog is unconditional because he can't turn the TV channel, he can't do that yet. The only guys I'm worried about love from is my players and they're working really hard. Calm seas don't make great sailors. Our kids, I'm really proud of a lot of the things they've done and they're out here working their butts off and they're focused. The coaches, every day its a process, one step at a time. To be honest with you, I'm really excited. It may not look that way, but I'm excited about things from this group.

On some things they saw on film:
What jumped out to me on film, I don't want to give him a big head, but what jumped out to me was the play of our offensive line. There are some guys, a year ago, they were leaving algebra class at 3:15 to go to practice with their sack lunch. I was really proud of how those guys, in the moment, and the type of game it was, the effort and the things they did, Quess jumped in there, who the hell is Quess? They did a great job and that excites me. Another guy after the film that excites is Brett. There is that trust factor that is starting to develop and will develop. And honestly guys, I've got to do a better job with what I'm asking these kids to do now, which has changed a little bit. I think it's something that I learned from watching the film. What are we good at doing and what can we do and the last two weeks it's becoming apparent. I'm excited about where we're headed and the work we're putting in. The kids are working their butts off and we'll keep heading into the direction we're heading in.

On if there were things that have them pushing the brakes a bit:
Well, we played two good defenses. Anytime you have an influx of kids who haven't played a lot, there is a learning curve those guys have to go through. That's where I have to do a better job of realizing that It's kind of the next man up theory, but I have to adjust to who we have out there. And I'm going to do a better job and Brett's going to do a better job of managing the game, getting us in the right situation to have success. Every now and then you stub your toe. He's a kid who becomes more engrossed in being better than ever. He's a bounce back guy.

On if the youth on the offensive line has them pare the playbook down:
You can buy it at Barnes and Noble, Offensive Football for Dummies, I wrote half that book. Football comes down to the same thing, blocking, tackling, throwing, catching. It always comes down to those fundamentals. I think every week, fundamentally, the experience factor comes into play with these guys. Sometimes as a coach you get into this, I'm going to out scheme a guy, and I think that's wrong and that's what I guard against. I want to get my guys where they outplay people.

On what stands out about Scott Quessenberry:
He's 275 pounds, I love his intensity. He's a football guy. He gets it and he gets the game. He understands and he makes calls and adjustments and I'm like, this is pretty impressive. I'm really excited about Quess and Alex and Caleb. All three of those guys. That's what you want, young guys who want to play.

On if gaining more confidence in the offensive line helps with the scheme:
Yeah, you got five badasses out there, and they can just block anybody, then you can do all kinds of shit. They make adjustments, they see everything and they do stuff. It gives you a little more flexibility in your offense. Now seeing how these kids are progressing, I put that on me a little bit because I was in that mode so that was my mistake. I just want those kids to be confident in what they're doing and let them loose and let them do it.

On how the pocket looked during the game:
It's a trust factor, him trusting those guys up front. Being well-coached. If there is any lack of trust out there, you see it at all levels. If there is not that trust factor between your quarterback and your o-line, maybe we jump out a little sooner. That's one of the things Brett saw on film, those guys were better. The whole thing is convince your guys to just do your job. I have to do my job, I can't worry about how you write your articles. You do your job, I do mine. That's all I can worry about. That's the only thing I can control.

On the swing passes in the offense:
That's kind of our thing. And one of the things my mom calls me about, 'you throw too many of those swing passes, throw it down the field.' That's an extension of our offense and an extension of our running game. If we were an I-team, that would be our toss sweep. You have to run the toss sweep so other things would work. That's part of the scheme of our offense. Instead of turning it around and pitching it to the guy, we throw it to the guy. We extend the defense a little bit so our other stuff works.

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