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September 11, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Syracuse quotes

Here are some of the thoughts of Syracuse coach Doug Marrone and Orange players:
Doug Marrone
General thoughts on the game:
“Obviously I’m disappointed. I made a poor decision early on. I went for the touchdown with seven seconds left. We had vertical routes in the end zone. I thought we could score a touchdown and get some momentum going in with the lead, and they ruled it a fumble and we lost the time and we could’ve kicked a field goal. So, that’s my fault. And, other than that, I think, hats off to Washington. They did a nice job, they made some plays, and I thought their quarterback played well. We gave up some big plays and missed tackles. Offensively, we had some chances to really score and separate and we didn’t take advantage of it. I made some bad calls. I made the toss-reverse in the red zone. We wound up kicking a field goal, making it 10-0. I could’ve just kept what we were doing, and it could’ve been 14-0. I was trying to get to 14-0, trying to get to 17-0. I was just trying to be aggressive. That’s my nature when it comes to offense. Defensively, I thought we were aggressive, but when we were in the positions to make the plays, we didn’t make the plays. I think we’re going to be a good football team this year. I think we’re going to have to work on attention to detail and it wasn’t going to be easy. We knew that coming in, and we’re going to fight and scratch every day in practice, and we’ll fight and scratch every day in a game and we’ll be fine. ”

On getting to/defending against Locker: “They did a nice job scheme-wise, they were able to get things out there quick. We looked like we were one step behind, but credit to them. They had quick throws to the flat, quick stick routes, they had quick bubbles outside so they did a nice job.”
On potentially upgraded opponent contributing to the loss: “I think we’ve gotten better, we’re always going to get better because we have so many young players, but the little details are going to take us over the top. We’ve been saying that from the beginning, so we’re going to get better and better as the season goes along. It might not show up in the scores because of the competition and everything. It’s really part of college football. You look around college football and you see, this team only won by this or they lost by that, but four or five weeks into it, those teams are rolling and they become good football teams. We have to be one of them.”
DE Chandler Jones
On the difference between this week and last: “I can honestly say this is a better team. Washington was a better team than Akron. Washington did an excellent job of executing all their plays today…I feel everyone gave 100% but there’s always mistakes in a football game and we had a few mistakes. Washington did a good job of capitalizing on the mistakes we made.”
On Jake Locker and other standout players on the Washington offense: “Jake Locker is a great player…The wide receivers did a good job on the Washington squad. They did a good job getting yards after the catch and that’s what hurt us the most.”
On their ability to get pressure on Locker: “We did a good job but I felt we could have done better. The offensive coordinator did a good job of using three step drops with Jake Locker, getting the ball out quick made it hard for us to get to him.”
LB Derrell Smith
On the game
: It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We just gotta finish the game. They did do a lot of good things in their offense, give credit to the offense and to their quarterback, he’s a good quarterback. Hopefully we learn from the mistakes this game and move on to the next one.”
On what their mistakes were: “Just tackling, basically. A couple of the plays that broke out were missed tackles, and they were able to score. Just eliminate the missed tackles–I had a few myself, a couple other people had some–we just need to work on that and we’ll get better.”



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