bleedCrimson.net: A tough loss on Saturday. You were very competitive and it was a much different game than last year. What are your thoughts on the game?
Doug Martin: Yeah, it was a fantastic atmosphere first of all. Our fans and that stadium was just rocking and that’s the way you want to see it and that’s the way it can be around here every Saturday if we continue to make progress and win games. I’m really pleased with that.
I was really pleased with the effort of our players. I thought they battled and they battled for four quarters. We’ve come a long way in a year. We certainly had every chance to win the game. We just didn’t make key plays on both sides of the ball late in the game and that was the difference.
bc.net: In such a close game, as a coaching staff there are probably a lot of things you’re looking back at. If there were one or two things that if you could go back and do differently what would it have been?
DM: The last drive, there was a third and ten, we had them backed up in a third and ten situation which they’re not comfortable with and we knew they were going to throw a screen and they threw a jailbreak screen to a wide receiver and we had a player standing right there unblocked, he could have actually intercepted it, and just didn’t read it very well and then didn’t make the tackle. That was going to be key. That was the very last drive. If they’re in fourth and twelve, that’s a different deal. One other one was the dive that they handed off and scored earlier in the game that went untouched. We actually had a blitz and Jay Eakins our defensive end was supposed to close down on the dive and he was going to hit it for a negative two yard gain and he blew the assignment and came up the field instead of coming down and so that cost us. Then obviously the fake field goal. That’s on us coaching-wise. We didn’t do a good job of being prepared for that. Then offensively, Tyler had a couple of passes where we had people open in the endzone, Bowen was wide open on a flank route once. Then the first drive of the game on the interception, they showed a blitz and then dropped out and Tyler didn’t recognize they’d dropped out and he threw the interception there. There’s always some plays like that but we’ve got to make plays at the end. Continue Reading This Post >>