Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre after Washington’s 59-7 victory over the Buffaloes at Husky Stadium on Saturday night:
(Opening) That was a long day to say the least. It was the worst tackling day we have had for sure. I don’t know why, like to figure it out. On if today was a step back: I don’t know if it a step back, we just didn’t tackle. I saw that on film last year and hadn’t seen that this year until today. We’ll figure that out. If we have to go in pads every day, we’ll go in pads every day.
(on the defensive effort) There was not enough intensity in the tackling are. That is something that I have to fix.
(on if after UCLA he thought things were going in the right direction and this changed it) No, I didn’t see anything. We have to win football games. We didn’t have a chance to win tonight. I think that is the first time I completely felt like that. We just didn’t tackle and then we turned the ball over in some key areas. We haven’t really done that either. It kind of got out of hand. It was ugly.
(on the defensive intensity) I didn’t see it in the tackling and we have to improve that. I was worried about them being leg weary a little bit, so we tried to taper down. We practiced the same amount, just didn’t go in full pads the whole time. We have to tackle better. We just have to tackle better.
(on if the defense was in the right place) I don’t know if we were tonight. I don’t think we were. They made some plays, there is no doubt about that, so I’ll look at in on film. There was one play there that we missed four tackles. There were third downs that we missed tackles. It’s very frustrating.
Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau
(How disappointed were you with tonight’s results?) Very disappointed. I never thought of it as a homecoming since I’m from Tacoma but it’s frustrating to lose. It’s been frustrating these last couple of weeks. Everyone is frustrated in the locker room. But like I keep saying, we’re going to go back to work tomorrow. This game is behind me already and we’re looking towards Cal.
(Do you feel frustrated that the team hasn’t turned the corner yet?) Everyone is going to have their own opinion on how far or how close we are. I think we’re getting closer. It’s never as bad as it is and it’s never as good as it can be. It’s just frustrating because we know that we can do a lot better than what we put out tonight. Next week is another chance for us to prove that we’re a good team.
(Did you know before the game if Paul Richardson was going to play?) I wasn’t sure if he was going to play or not. We have enough receivers and Paul is a great athlete, if he wasn’t going to play, we weren’t going to have a drop off. It was great to see him play though. He played well and we’ll just see how he is next week.
Colorado linebacker Derrick Webb
(What problems were you guys having with tackling today?) I really can’t tell you what happened out there today. We are usually a lot better tackling team than we were today. For some reason we didn’t show up ready to tackle (Bishop) Sankey today. He’s a great back. You got to give him credit for being a great back but we’ve faced other great backs this year and we’ve done better tackling. We usually say you have to get bodies to the football and I feel like we got bodies to the football, but we just missed tackles. It’s something that we need to take care of this week.
(What’s the mindset of the defense?) We should be pissed off and I definitely am but it’s also a bright side to this season and that’s how I look at it. As bad as things have gone this year, we still have three games left this season that we’re very capable of winning. As bad as things have been this season — the good points, the low points — we still have the opportunity to go to a bowl game and that’s a blessing to think about after today. My mindset is that we keep getting better throughout the week and get ready to beat Cal like coach said. We’re going to make a run for these last three games, we haven’t given up at all.
Colorado safety Parker Orms
(What has been the team’s problem with tackling?) I don’t know. It’s tough because we practice it all the time so it’s not something that we don’t work on. It’s just a ‘want-to’ thing, we just got to go out there and want it more than they do.
(How frustrating has this season been?) We’re mad, we’re frustrated but we have three games left. We can’t just cry about it, we have to go out there and play. You can just see it in the locker room, guys are mad, guys are frustrated but you can’t let frustration take over. You just have to go out there and play.
(What are your thoughts on Bishop Sankey?) He’s a great back. He’s hard to wrap up. He’s definitely a guy that you need all 11 guys running to the ball and wrapping him up.