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October 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Nussmeier talks offense

Better late than never — here’s some of what UW offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier had to say this week about his offense and what the team may see from Stanford today.
On the Arizona game: “It was a game that got away from us. At the end of the first half, we have a chance down 16 to score and we get a sack and we’re unable to get any points. And then we come out first series of the second half and we have the fumble, and the game kind of got away from us. And then it turned into the game they wanted it to be…you’re forced to throw the ball down the field and those type of things. It was tough from the standpoint of staying on the field and what we thought we had to do to win…you go 4-13 on third down, but 4-6 on less than 10…you go third and 11-plus, we got seven of them and we went 0-7, which is tough. You’re not going to convert many of those. The fact was, we weren’t efficient enough in first and second downs to get us into manageable third downs.”
On Locker’s fumbles the last couple games being uncharacteristic: “I think they are a case-by-case basis. You look at the one, the guy makes a nice play and you’ve got to work at the position of climbing the pocket and then you have to bring the ball with it, and the guy makes a nice play, punches it out. They’ve been circumstantial. The other one we the snap and the guy jumped the cadence and we’ve got to just to fetal with the ball and protect it. And the other one Jake is running, his vision is downfield and we get hit by our own guy. So each one has been very different from the other. Obviously we coach ball security, it’s the number one thing we coach and we’ve got to clean it up.”

On Keith Price: “He did a nice job. He’s doing a good job. His learning curve is still large but he’s doing a good job. … As with any young player he’s learning and he’s developing. Did some really good things and a couple things we need to clean up. … I saw some good things.”
Is he on his way to being the guy you want him to be: “That’s an every day process with every young quarterback. There are going to be things that aren’t the way you want them and things that you are ‘wow, that’s pretty good.’ Every day is a learning process but he’s doing a nice job.”
On the two frosh on the OL: “I feel really good about those two guys. They are both really good football players. Erik (Kohler) has played in games as has Colin (Porter). We talk all the time that age doesn’t mean that you are necessarily a better player. It doesn’t entitle you to anything, and that every time you go out and play, no matter what grade you are in, you have a chance to compete and win a job.”
Does it help to have young guys near experienced guys: “One of the things you like in an offensive line is to have five guys playing all the time because there are so many moving parts up there. But obviously it is not ideal when you are changing personnel but the biggest thing is that the guys we put in there will communicate and they will play as one.”
On Stanford defensively: “They do a really good job up front. They jump in and out of some odd stuff and they do a really good job with their personnel and substituting guys in and out and giving you a bunch of different looks. I’ve known coach Fangio (defensive coordinator Vic Fangio) a long time he does an excellent job and they are going to be well coached and they’ve got good football players.”
On anything different under Fangio: “They are doing some different things. Go back and look at last year’s game and it’s a little bit different but they are doing some different things and some of the same things. Stanford plays extremely hard and they are well coached. They play from the snap all the way through the whistle. They are aggressive and they get after you.”
More on Stanford moving its front a lot: “They will stem sometimes from an over to an under and get in their odd package, and jump out of four down into an odd, jump into a four down, so they move those guys around quite a bit and theye’ve got the personnel that they can do some different things that way.”
On the OL trying to match wits with that: “There comes a point of diminishing returns. Obviously we’ve got to get I’d (identified), but there comes a point where we are going to get lined up and go play.”
On adding some new plays: “You are always looking to create a competitive advantage for yourself so every week we go in and we look at our opponent and we self-scout ourselves, what are we doing, what are they seeing on film, how are they going to defend us and how do we attack them.”
On how the players seem to be executing all the new plays so well: “Our guys do a great job of preparing. We talk about it all the time that it’s our ability to prepare and execute and prepare that is the difference. We talk all the time that we respect all the guys we play but we fear nobody — it’s about us and how we prepare and execute on Saturdays.”



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