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October 5, 2010 at 10:20 PM

A few quotes from Demetrice Martin

A couple of us had a chance today to catch up with UW cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin.
Among the topics were the tackling on the defense and in the secondary as well as an overview of the cornerback position and some of the players there. Here’s some of what he had to say:
On tackling: “It’s something we have to get better at. It’s football 101, tackling. I think it all comes down to a matter of it’s a want-to, not a have-to with some of the guys. Tackling to me is a desired collision. So if you want to be in a desired car crash on every play, you’ll make that tackle. I think it’s just being a little hesitant with some of our guys, and it’s probably more about guys not wanting to make a mistake and that brings hesitancy. And then that’s where missed tackles come from. I’m trying to let the guys know that they can play more free. All we can do is keep drilling it and getting better at it.”


On the missed tackle on a blitz by Quinton Richardson Saturday: “He’s supposed to knock the quarterback out of the game with that one. You are unblocked, coming on a corner pressure — you’ve got to keep your eyes open, bring both arms, double uppercut, wrap up and make the tackle. He didn’t execute that, and that was the result of not executing the drills and the tackling technique that we practice every day.”
On the importance of pad level in the secondary: “It’s very important. The thing with pad level for us in the secondary, it leads to where your eye focus is. If your eye focus is high, then it’s going to bring us up high. Our eye focus needs to be a little bit lower. I think that was the thing that Q saw; he saw the quarterback getting ready to step up in the pocket, because his eyes were too high. Now if he had his eyes down by the quarterback’s hip like he’s supposed to, or on that top shoulder, then I don’t think he would have missed that tackle. His eyes were wrong, so his pad level was high, he took the wrong leverage on the quarterback. It affects every single part of the game, no doubt.”
On the progress of Greg Ducre: “He’s coming. The more he learns, the more I have trust in him to put him out there and let him run around with those guys. I don’t want to get him scarred to the point where he doesn’t trust himself. I try to get him in situations where it’s more advantageous for him to succeed than fail. Just trying to get him in more and more, especially with special teams and stuff like that. He’s a freshman, so there’s a lot of freshmen mistakes and things that he does. So we just try and keep the calls simple when he’s in there to where he doesn’t have too many adjustments and that type of thing. It’s working out in his favor right now.”
On the biggest key for the corners going forward: “We touched on it earlier, and that’s what the conversation is about – tackling. We’ve been doing pretty good so far in terms of coverage and not giving up the deep ball, just drop back and throw a fade over our head – knock on wood. Hopefully that keeps up and we just have to get better at tackling. Tackling and communication and the little things, the idiosyncrasies of the game — knowing down and distance and the time on the clock. All those type of things most corners forget about because it’s all about them on an island with my man. If you get all that stuff in tune, now you become an elite corner instead of a good corner, let’s say.”
On whether any of the backup corners are making a move on the depth chart: “All the guys are. If you think about Vonzell McDowell, he’s stepping up to the point where he’s doing some good things each week-in, week-out. He’s getting better. We were trying to bring Anthony Boyles along, but he hit a stump in the road with getting his ankle hurt during practice, so he’s running around kind of gimpy right now. For the most part, those are the guys that are showing up.”
On Adam Long: “He’s doing awesome too. He’s doing better too. (There are) just some things like down and distance and time on the clock and all that good stuff is what he needs to get better at, and know his surroundings. He made a couple of boo-boo-head mistakes that could of hurt us, but they didn’t on his couple reps that he was in there. But those are all fixable.”
On only having one interception so far in the season: “No doubt, it is frustrating. But the main thing is, we stop the run first and then we’ll have more chances to get those interceptions. It comes back down to tackling. We tackle better, and then we get our opportunities in the air, that’s what I tell my guys. If I was an opposing coach, and I felt like I could run the ball on the Huskies, I’d turn it around and hand the ball off every time. There’s less of a chance that you have to take on getting a turnover. The better we tackle, the more guys I think would throw the ball up in the air.”

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