MMQB recap

The Monday Morning Quarterbacks met in Town and Gown today with an overflow crowd and, as you would expect, the mood of the attendees was upbeat and so was the coach.

The Monday Morning Quarterbacks met in Town and Gown today (10-15-01) with
an overflow crowd.  They had to setup three additional tables.  As you would
expect, the mood of the attendees was upbeat and so was the coach.

His introductory remarks were appropriate to the team's improvement and the
lopsided win.  IMO, Pete Carroll has an even temperament win or lose and was
not going overboard.  He certainly did not pretend that we had it made from
here out.  Obviously, it is easier to face fans when you win and he is fun
to be around.

In the question and answer period he talked openly about personnel, the
preparations for ND and his own misgivings about some defensive calls he
made in the ASU game.  He shared some personal thoughts about these topics
to a degree that his predecessors did not.  I get the feeling that his
openness will continue until someone breaks the understanding and reports
his comments directly.

He showed more plays today than ever before and they were all good ones.  He
started on special teams with special complements to #30.  The offensive
play selection delighted an audience that really could not get enough of a
team that dominated an opponent.  The same can be said for the selection of
defensive plays but I am going to take the liberty of reporting that he was
not satisfied even though he showed some terrific defensive performances.
He second-guessed his defensive play selection during the two defensive
breakdowns.

It was a good meeting but you can tell we've been experiencing hard times in
our Football program because I didn't hear much boasting about expecting the
same kind of domination at ND next week.  Conservative confidence seemed to
be the order of the day.

 


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