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October 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Dan Cozzetto on UW offensive line’s performance vs. ASU: ‘It made me sick’

Here is UW offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto’s interview with Chris Fetters of Dawgman.com after Wednesday’s practice:

(Were there communication issues with ASU due to new lineup?) As far as our performance last week? That was an abomination. That was embarrassing. It made me sick. It was one of the worst performances of one of my offensive fronts I’ve had in a long time. And I’m here to coach football and block ’em and we put our quarterback in that situation and we couldn’t run the football — that falls on me. Totally on me. It’s my job to get it fixed, and we’re going to get it fixed. It doesn’t have anything to do with substitutions or who is playing or not playing. That’s an excuse. I wasn’t brought up like that and I haven’t been, and we either get it done or we’re not going to be very successful.

(What did you see when you watched the film?) What did I see? I saw assignment errors, I see not playing physical enough, not playing fast enough in the things we talk about, for whatever reason. I’m here to make sure they understand and get ready for battle. They go out there and battle, we have a high standard that we’ve set that they have to be held accountable to it. I’m held accountable to it; they must understand that they will be held accountable to it. And if we can’t protect that quarterback? We’re in trouble. It’s got to start right here with us. It starts with me, and we have to get it done to where we get back to playing our brand of football. We have to run the football, but we’ve got to be able to have a quarterback confident enough that will step back there and throw it — and right now he’s not. And I wouldn’t be either. And the fact of matter is, it’s up front where it starts. Let’s not fool ourselves, don’t cover it, don’t sugar-coat it. Get it done.

(Was it something in the game where it just snowballs and it becomes almost more mental than physical?) The only thing I can do is learn from that and learn where we are and understand the setting and the situation — traveling on the road and in a different environment. … Are we where we should be mentally? I don’t know, but we better get there fast, because we’ve got a half of a season left to go. We need to work harder. We have to understand what needs to get done. It’s the little things that are important. Plus, we’ve got to help each other from within. We have to hold each other accountable from within — not only from my standpoint but those guys, too. It’s not OK. It’s not OK to do this. There’s a certain standard that we’ve set — so do it.

(on thinking the blowouts were past this team) You know, that’s life. You’re going to have crisis in your life. Not everything is going to go smooth…hell, then anybody could do this stuff. You’re going to have setbacks and all that. The biggest thing is what you’re going to do. Are you going to get off that floor or are you going to lay in that corner on the floor still? So get your butt off the ground and let’s get back to work.”

(Was Monday a real soul-searching day for you guys?) I don’t believe in ‘my bad’ or anything. You know what? I’m not letting it go. Up to my preparation and my guys’ preparation this week, they better understand something: There is a certain standard that is set here by Coach Sarkisian and by the philosophy of this football program, and it needs to show up Saturday night at 8 o’clock. But before that we have to have practices like we’ve had on Monday, Tuesday, today on Wednesday — have another practice, and then take what we’ve done all week long and then kick it off and see where we’re at at 8 o’clock.

(So if everything goes the way you want to this week, what will UW fans see Saturday night?) Hopefully they’ll see us running the football, protecting the quarterback and putting points on the board and keeping the defense off the field. That’s what we’re all about. That’s what we’re supposed to do. If that don’t get done then we’ve got to find people that are going to do it.

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