Nothing but positives from MMQB. Nearly 200 people attended the Monday Morning Quarterback luncheon with head coach Pete Carroll. He arrived to a standing and demonstrative welcome and returned the positive vibes with upbeat remarks about the team. He feels good about our progress and the way we are playing, but is keeping the pressure on to get better. In his opening remarks he did recognize that we lost a little focus in the 4th quarter but was proud that we finished strong.
As has been his custom, he started with taped plays from special teams. One play definitely showed that Kenechi Udeze did get a hand on the blocked Washington field goal attempt. Punting is getting better and we had a good game place kicking as well.
On offense we were taking what they were giving and basically followed Norm Chow's game plan. Carson was really on target and the plays that were shown were the best Palmer passes I can remember seeing. Not just the long TD's either, the medium and short passes were right on target. He also showed the final TD run by Justin Fargas. We had good blocking at the line of scrimmage and Justin ran through two arm tackles into the end zone.
On defense, the DL came in for a lot of praise. On one play, Kenechi Udeze split a double team to tackle the Husky runner for a loss. On another, Bernard Riley read a screen pass and tackled the receiver for no gain. That play burned us earlier in the season. Everyone it seems got at least one highlight play today. Both interceptions were shown. Pete adds comments that are enlightening and frequently humorous. Winning is really fun!
In the question and answer period, some very interesting information came out. Pete explained why our running game did not work and why our passing game did. Some explanations reflected strengths and some weaknesses. For obvious reasons I will not be reporting those strengths or weaknesses. But I am going to take a chance that PC would like the following information out. He was asked about how he liked his experience as our coach and he said he was having a blast. A follow-up question asked about possibly returning to the NFL some time in the future and he said they can have those NFL positions. His actual words were more emphatic but I don't quote him directly. He was also asked about the impact of the "Trojan Walk". He was very positive about it and said that the turnout, enthusiasm and sprit were terrific. I can tell that he feels that it helps prepare the team.
Naturally there were questions about Oregon and how we are preparing. He answered all those questions to my satisfaction. In doing so, he communicated an enthusiasm for this game and used language that, if reported, would make the Oregon bulletin board. I'll leave it to your imagination to fill in the blanks.
The meeting was adjourned. It is great to be a Trojan!