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September 22, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Notes from the coaches show

Sarkisian’s weekly radio show, which sounded like a rather raucous affair.
I caught most of it and here are some highlights, concentrating on things I heard from the show I thought were particularly new or interesting:
— There was lots of talk early about the post-game celebration and one thing Sarkisian said is that he was “supposed to do an interview that was taking too long” a reference to the post-game TV interview on the field and his loud “c’mon man” comment caught on TV.
— Sarkisian said the music is being turned off in practice this week on purpose to get the team used to a “somewhat more quiet atmosphere” at Stanford.
— Said he would have handled the clock management different at the end but he thought UW had two time outs remaining and not just one so he called time with seven seconds left to allow for a bad snap, which UW could have covered and called time out and then tried again. “I have to admit, I botched that,” he said, saying he should have let it go down to three seconds so there would have been no need for a kickoff.
— Asked about Jake Locker and how he got hurt last year against Stanford he said “we’re working on him not blocking.”
— Noted that Stanford has jumped ahead early in every game this year and that that should wake up his players. “We will have it addressed because it is going to be another four-quarter game.”
— He reiterated what OC Doug Nussmeier said after practice that the film showed that the offense did not execute real well.
— But he said the key to the game was that UW was able to play with USC from a physical standpoint. “It was physical and we rose to the challenge in that aspect of the game,” he said.
— Said UW had to keep running the ball in part to control the clock and also to make the play-action work, which he thought happened.
— Asked what he talked about with Pete Carroll afterward he said that “he was proud of us. I spent seven great years at SC and with Pete and had wonderful memories and great wins and also endured some agonizing losses. … he was very proud of what we had been able to accomplish.” But he added that he wasn’t sure he’d have such moments with Carroll “as we keep moving forward in the future. But he’s a great friend and a great mentor.”
— Said of the final kickoff that “we put our elite team” of coverage guys out on the field and told them USC would try to reverse the ball and “when you get there wrap up and tackle. … there was a little premature on the siren there about halfway through but we held on and everyone went nuts.”
— Asked about the Carroll quote saying Locker is the best QB he’s seen in nine years in the Pac-10 said that what he likes is that they are minimizing the hits that Locker takes and he is learning to rely on his teammates.
— Said a key to not allowing Aaron Corps to roll out was the pressure UW brought to “say hey we are going to be here if you are going to do that.”
— Talked about the last play of the first half when USC couldn’t get off a field goal and said it “was a huge play by Donald Butler. Not only does he make the tackle he makes such a violent ackle that the ball kind of gets lost, the official can’t find the ball, it gets to be a chaotic situation and that’s what you want in that time. They couldn’t get the (play) off.”
— Said there were a few times early that they recognized USC plays and called them out. Said one of those was when Nick Holt got his interference penalty that he was trying to yell out to the defense something he saw coming from USC. Said that “there was also some gamesmannshp going on ,some dummy signals going on, some showing of a blitz and getting out of it. So we just had to kind of back out of it and let our kids play.”
— Said he didn’t expect Stanley Havili to carry the ball that much and that if he knew before they wanted to give Havili the six carries he got “and not give the ball to Joe McKnight or Staffon Johnson, we would have said go ahead, that was okay with us.”
— Said the Huskies probably should have had four interceptions with Butler having one more could have gotten and Mason Foster two. “I think our guys are starting to understand our scheme and what it takes to be a really good zone defensive team, which is what we like to play.”
— Said Justin Glenn did a really good job making tackles and that the philosophy was to bend but not break since there was no way to completely stop USC. “We knew USC would get their big plays … we needed to keep playing and hang in there and tackle the football, and no question we tackled the football Saturday.”
— Said the play where it looked like Locker could have run but didn’t was in part because the coaches had stressed that pass route all week and how it might break open and for Locker to wait for it to come open. “We had talked all week keep your eyes on the wheel route, so I’m going to take that one and pull that one off of him.”
— Asked about the team jump at the nine-minute mark, said that they have a term called “the Dawgs to the Kennel” and when that’s called everyone has to get to the 50-yard-line. Said he reminded them that eight months ago they all would have been thrilled to be in that position at that time in the game and that if he had known that eight months ago “I would have started jumping eight months ago so I started jumping right then and so did they.”
— Said the team will have to run the football better and that stopping Toby Gerhart will be a key to beating Stanford.
All for now.

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