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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 26, 2007 at 1:30 PM

On the defense

Today is defense day here, which means are weekly briefing with defensive coordinator Kent Baer.
Here are some highlights:
— Baer attributed the breakdowns against UCLA largely to mental errors. “Where we didn’t play well the other day was really simple things that had never shown up before. Obviously I was very disappointed after the game and I still am. You cannot give up five plays over 23 yards and win a football game.”
— Baer said he thought all five of the plays were “very correctable. … I think it was kind of a mental lapse for whatever reason. … I just think it was almost to a point where you watched it and it was like ‘I’m shocked.’ But those things happen. The more veteran you are as a football team, we are veteran with our down four but not real veteran everywhere else, those mistakes come way less probably. And it’s not just one guy, it’s across the board. Maybe that’s good news and bad news, I don’t know.”
— Asked for why that might have happened, Baer pointed to how much was at stake for UCLA, how the Huskies knew they would see a much-improved team from the one that had lost to Utah the week before, and said that “I just don’t think we matched that level of intensity. …. But I think everything that happened is correctable and you just move on from there.”
— Asked about the cornerback spoot opposite Roy Lewis, where Byron Davenport, Vonzell McDowell and Matt Mosley are competing, Baer said: I don’t know yet (who will start). We are just trying to find the best combination and see who plays the best. I think Matt did some really good things the other day and some things that you look at and he’d say ‘I could have played that better.’ We’re just looking for this defense to play at a consistent level every week and you’ve got to find the right guy at each spot. They are all going to play, but I don’t know how much. You’d like to settle with a group of guys because a lot of it has to do with communcation, communication is huge, that’s a lot of what happened Saturday. … so in that sense you’d like to settle in with a group so they can all understand and hear.”
— Thoughts on USC: “The quarterback is better. I think he’s a lot better than he was a year ago. Their offensive line is really good. They are good. To me, that’s their strength. They are very well-coached, very phsyical and athletic.”
— On USC’s running backs: “I can’t keep track of them all. I don’t know how they decide who is going to play. They are all pretty good. I don’t know how they get all their touches.”
— On whether UW matched up physically with UCLA: I don’t think physically was the problem, I really don’t. If I did, I’d tell you — that would be a concern. I’d be really concerned. I think what they do offensively you have to play a physical game. But it was correctable. The reverse pass is not physical. The draw is not physical. Just a few little things that make you shake your head and say ‘we know better.”’
— Baer said he thinks some of the players may be trying too hard. “That’s something we addressed the other day, just take care of what you are supposed to. Guys sometimes just trying too hard, trying to do too much. You like the effort but you have to be more disciplined.”

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