After PC arrived and started with his own analysis, I began to feel a little better. Not because he had all the answers but because he was not giving excuses, or a simple "pep talk" or some simplistic platitude like "you can't win them all". In fact, he was very open about wanting to build a program that does in fact win them all. He did not sugar coat the situation but told us what happened and how he is approaching the team and getting ready for ASU.
He took questions for about 30 minutes before he showed selected plays from the game. The questions were not softballs either. But none of them were tainted with sarcasm or hostility. There were, what I would call several genuine issue questions. Issues like why we call certain plays and have certain tendencies. Why there were breakdowns at some positions and why we didn't play some players and give other players touches. Sprinkled in were also the normal questions about penalty calls from the game, injury reports and what to expect at ASU.
Pete did not have any new information about injured players and confirmed the report that Urquhart would start at MLB if Tatupu couldn't. The most profound observation was that the staff believes that the OL is performing better this year that it was at this stage last year.
The coach then showed about 30 minutes of tape containing both good and bad plays from the game. It was a 50/50 split between good and bad - just like the game. I can't go into a lot of detail about what he said but I can share my conclusions about what I learned. One thing is that Bing was supposed to have had "deep help" on what appeared to be blown coverage on two TD's. The 15-yard penalty on Van Brown was the result of a Cal player blocking Brown onto the downed runner and not Van intentionally piling on. The blocked field goal plays were prominent. The first block by Cody is a great example of power. The second block by Gunther is a great example of leaping ability. He showed how high Greg actually got and it was very impressive. The coach has a good way about him because he asked if the fellow who suggested that Gunther be used in just that situation at the last meeting was there. Unfortunately he was not so the coach couldn't give him the "great suggestion" award that he had obviously planned.
Just a note about the attendance today. In the past, attendance used to go up after wins and down after losses. Not today, attendance was constant. The entire banquet room at Town and Gown was full. My interpretation of this fact is that the MMQB community shares my optimism, that the PC program is fun to be around and deserves our support. Obviously we can't win all the games but we are sure going to try.