VIDEO: OC Jonathan Smith Post-Game - Stanford Cardinal

Dawgman.com's Kim Grinolds spoke with Washington Offensive Coordinator Jonathan Smith after the Huskies suffered their fourth loss of the season, 31-14 to the Stanford Cardinal.

On K.J. Carta-Samuels’ performance “I thought he kept us on the field. That was a struggle. I thought he played hard. I think he created a couple things with his feet late and that was nice to see. He had an up-and-down night.”

 

On if he spent the week preparing K.J. Carta-Samuels to start or if he thought there was a chance Jake Browning would be able to go “His mindset the whole week was that he was going to start. We were going to look how Jake (Browning) looked throughout the week. He did no look good in pregame today. The whole week, K.J. (Carta-Samuels) was getting a lot of the turns with the ones and all that.”

 

On if he thought going into today that Jake Browning would have a chance to play “Outside chance. Very slim.”

 

On how difficult the decision was to play K.J. Carta-Samuels “Not easy, not easy at all. That’s how it works. Some guys go down and it’s next guy up and you’ve got to be ready to roll. Again, I thought he prepared very well. This is a tough outfit he’s playing. Defensively they create some problems. It is what it is.”

 

On if there were moments were K.J. Carta-Samuels shined “I thought so. I actually thought he saw the field pretty well in regards to what he was seeing. Just the first half in general, third down, it’s not all on him either. We didn’t convert a third down in the first half. That looked pretty ugly.”

 

On how to balance not giving a guy too much to deal with but still letting him go in his first start “You definitely want to give him stuff that he’s comfortable with, so the volume has to be somewhat tight, but at the same time you have to have some stuff where he can execute enough to score some points. You’re trying to balance that. I think he felt pretty comfortable with the plan, but it didn’t get executed well.”

 

On K.J. Carta-Samuels hitting a couple deeper throws later “He got a couple of them. We had some other ones that were called early; we just didn’t have time to throw them. It would have been nice to get a couple balls up early.”

 

On Myles Gaskin “He continues to show that he’s a good runner with the football. Even the touchdown run to start the second half wasn’t blocked all that cleanly. The kid is a good player. He’s coming along.”

 

On if he felt the urge to give Myles Gaskin more carries with a first-time starter at quarterback “Yep. Early on we were talking about running the ball and we got to the point where I want to get K.J. a completion, and then you go back-and-forth because you want to get all these things done. We have to convert on third down to get more of these plays called. We want to give Myles (Gaskin) the ball and we want to take some shots down the field. You go 0 for something on third down in the first half and we had like nineteen plays or something. It’s tough to get all of that called.”


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