Weekly Football Press Conference Quotes - Nov. 19, 2012
Nov. 19, 2012
NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren
"Just really proud of our coaching staff, the corrections, the adjustments that were made after a difficult first half. You know, we struggled to get into the end zone. Defensively, I thought we did some good things. They are a very good offense that has good players that play well in space. They are up-tempo, and their quarterback is dynamic. We did a lot of things to keep them from really getting away from us. With the turnovers, our defensive kids, I thought, contained him and kept him in the pocket. They hit him hard the first play of the game.
"Obviously, at halftime, we made some decisions to spread them out and try to do some things in space with Tommylee [Lewis] and Martel [Moore] with our screen game and Perez [Ashford], that paid huge dividends to open things back up for Jordan [Lynch] to run. So, really good adjustments by Coach Carry and the offense. I thought our special teams, even though not a lot was said, we didn't have the big returns but we did keep Reedy from doing anything. That's a big thing. I think he has been able to help them in some games, break things open.
"Some individual performances. Obviously, Jordan's game to run for over 150 yards and throw for over 400 is something that has never been done in college football, which says a lot. There have been a lot of great quarterbacks that have played this game and that have played since the invention of the spread. I think he has shown now that he is more than just a runner in multiple games and to do it against a good defense.
"We are very happy also for the crowd that they came out and supported us Wednesday night. That meant a lot to our seniors. I'm happy for them to go out on that note. I think any time you have a class as specials as out senior class to send them out the way we did. It was a fun locker room after the game to say the least.
"Unfortunately we did lose a player in Tyler Loos. I know a lot of people have asked and it was not a knee injury it just broke a bone the tibia in his lower leg but he will be back sooner than later but obviously not within the season here but Tyler had a great season for us. He played left tackle and played almost every snap. He did a phenomenal job. Ryan Brown will move over to left and pick up where he left off. Ryan has had a good season for us. I know he is excited about the opportunity to play the whole game as opposed to being a rotational player.
"With that we come home and get ready for Easter Michigan team that just had a huge win over Western Michigan. We get to play them in their Senior Day so we know we will get a spirited team. I've always had a lot of respect for Coach English. I've known him since we were both position coaches. Obviously he was the coach of the year in the MAC last year, so he is a guy that people respect. We know that his kids play hard. They lost a lot of good players on their defense to graduation last year and their young so you can see the improvement when you watch their football team. They do a lot of things offensively, they run a multi-quarterback system. One guy is a very good runner and he ran well last year. They were a big time of possession team a year ago. I thought they did a nice job against Western, keeping their offense off the field.
"Statistically you don't look at them and mark their statistics but when you watch their film they are lined up right and player hard and have good team speed. They are aggressive. You can see on special teams they try to block kicks and cover the field the right way. Their kickers and punters do a nice job and their quarterbacks make plays and their tight end is probably the best tight end that is not just a blocker or a runner. A lot like Luke Eakes he is a guy who does a lot of things really well in their offensive system. So it is going to be a great game and coming off of the emotional game we just had it's a game that our guys really have to step up because any time you have a huge emotional win knowing you are going to play a game a week later in Detroit it's a game that you could fall into that trap. We are not going to do that. Our guys have already addressed it and talked about it. We have had to great practices already. Today they are taking a day off for academics and then we will get right back into it tomorrow with a Wednesday practice on a Tuesday."
On comparing scores of Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois' common opponents
"I thought defensively we played pretty well against them last year and hopefully we can try and do the same thing. They do a lot of what we call pin pull but plays where they block down and pull line man and try to get a lot of blockers out front of the running back or quarterback whoever has the ball. Student body right, student body left type plays where you got to be able to really get off of blocks and off hats and see pullers as defenders and leverage. Those are things that who's the toughest guy on these type plays and I love that kind of football so I know our defense will have a great practice getting ready for that."
On Eastern's two-quarterback system
"Their tailback, Bronson Hill, is averaging seven yards a carry right now and he is a weapon for them as well. I just think the tight end Hoskins is a really good player, No. 85. A great blocker and is leading the team in receptions with 33 catches and has over 500 yards and 15 yard average. His catches are play action type, down the field, corner routes, post, or crossing routes. He is a good football player so we will have to be ready for him. Coach English does a nice job and is going to put together a great package together for what we do."
On the double pass possibility with the two-quarterback system
What it means if the team finished in the Top 25
"Obviously to get either one of those we would have to win this week so to look ahead I think you lose out on something as far as leaving your legacy and that is something we are not going to do. We are going to make sure that all of our guys, our coaches are focused on Eastern Michigan and when that game ends Friday or what ever time it is Friday afternoon I guess it is whatever time it is, we will quickly shift out attention to the other game and we got a five hour bus ride to start watching that other team."
On 2012 being a special season
"Thanksgiving is coming up. You know some of our young guys are getting a little home sick, different ways trying to help them because we are practicing this week. We don't have Thanksgiving break here with our schedule that we have. Just different ways to make these guys understand that we do care about them. It is about winning but at the same time it's about development and family and making sure our guys understand that. I think that is what makes this team special. A lot of teams are afraid to ask their coaches or talk to their coaches about things that they think might get them in trouble. I don't want to seem soft to you coach or something like that so I think we got a good bunch of guys that work hard it's a special team and I would love to see them go out with some bars that are pretty hard to get to."
On the way NIU finishes games
"We outscore our opponents in the fourth quarter 109-51 for the season. I know the second half is 220-93. I think that says a lot not just about how we finish but how we adjust at half time. I think that is a tribute to our coaches for understanding the adjustments that need to be made but a lot of times those corrections are not communicated the right way and the players you don't see the fix on the field. We have not had that issue here. You see something hurt us and that issue is erased. That's the biggest thing I tell our coaches. A sign of a good coach is a guy that can make corrections that show up on the film immediately. A sign of a good player is a player that will take that coaching and do it. I think we are doing that right now so we would like to continue that trend obviously this week."
On the value of having a dual-threat quarterback at the end of the game
"Aidan Colon is young. Andrew Ness is young. Desroy Maxwell is out there as a true freshman. Keith Harris was out there as a true freshman. Tommylee is a second year player. [Angelo] Sebastiano is a second year player. [Juwan] Brescacin is a second year player. There are a lot of guys getting valuable minutes in our offense right now. We can say the same thing on our special teams with Tyler Wedel as a second year player. He had a heck of a game. The way he kept the ball away and kick the football where we ask him to and he doesn't get enough credit for that so there is a lot of youth that played a part in that."
On managing the end of games
"We do the same thing with out special teams. Any special teams snap where we can steal seconds off the clock we will do that when we get a lead but it doesn't change what we want to do. If they are cover zero we are going to throw it over their head if we can even it is at then end of the game. We are going to take advantage like I always say, `Take what they give you,' because I think that is where you odds are best."
On Eastern's struggles against the run
Jamaal Bass, Linebacker
On the possibility of being ranked at the end of the year
On how Eastern's two-quarterback system changes NIU's preparation
Aidan Conlon, Guard
On Eastern Michigan's difficulties stopping the run
On closing out games
Luke Eakes, Tight End
On accomplishing something no other NIU team has done
Rashaan Melvin, Cornerback
On being ranked
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