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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 16, 2007 at 1:49 PM

On the offense

Today is our day to talk to offensive players and coaches which means our weekly meeting with offensive coordinator Tim Lappano. Here’s some of what he said:
— Maybe the most interesting thing he said was his theory for UW’s third-quarter troubles. Lappano said he thinks the Huskies “are playing not to lose instead of playing to win” and are afraid of making mistakes, which is then leading to mistakes due to that fear.
— Lappano said he thinks the mood of the team is good, citing their attitude during Sunday’s meeting. “Their heads right now are good, I can honestly say that. They still believe they can win.”
— Lappano said the key problem has been inconsistency and that “we should be a lot more consistent right now because we haven’t had to shuffle a lot of people” in the offense, noting that the team has stayed pretty healthy.
— On Oregon’s defense: “They are athletic and run to the ball pretty well and they will challenge you with a lot of man. One thing I do see in this defense is everybody seems to get a big play in the run and the pass we’ve got to be able to do that.
— On what happened against Arizona State: “In the second half we didn’t handle their front four as good as we did. They were a little bit more physical in the second half than they were in the first half they got a lecture at halftime or whatever, but we have to be able to complete passes and keep their offense off the field.”
— On Jake Locker’s accuracy: “It’s not where we need it and he’d be the first to tell you that. We had a couple of guys open and we can’t miss throws if we want to throw the ball down the field give the guy an opportunity to make a play on the ball if overthrowing him 10 yards not giving him an opportunity to make a play. The other thing that can happen is a (pass interference). Also think we are not separating enough at times, so it’s a combination. But it’s not good enough.”
— On the running backs against ASU: “If you take the one dance by Louis (Rankin) out of the picture thought it was pretty good. He ran a guy over on that 38-yard run which I just went crazy, I loved it. I thought he played really pretty good. I thought J.R. Hasty ran okay thought Brandon Johnson showed up pretty good. …. I think he gives us some downhill some pretty good power. He’s not real big but he’s physical, a downhill straight-line runner. Think you will see some more of him in there. Not saying J.R. won’t play a little bit too, he’ll get some touches, too.”
— Lappano also said Jordan White-Frisbee will likely start playing more after having had some good practices during the bye week: “When he knows what he’s doing because this is kind of new to him he’s getting better and his technique is getting better he is what we need here, he can knock people back and when people come up the field he can stab them with his hands set a base and not get blown up and hold some ground and keep it firm. I like him a lot and think he’s got a chance to be a really good player.”
— On the team’s game plans: “We just have to get better at what we do. The stuff we are doing is good enough to win with, but we’ve got to execute it and I think if we start changing a million things and doing a million different things all the time we are going to be a mess. We can’t grab-bag right now and start doing a million different things. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to coach better and teach better fundamentals and coach them to do the things we want to do better. Now is not the time to panic and start running a new offense. That’s the worst thing that we can do and we are not going to do that no matter how many e-mails I get. We are not going to do that. We are going to get better at what we do and we’ll be fine.”

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