Coach Speak Part II: Al Saunders
Below, you were asked to witness the concise oratorical stylings of Joe Gibbs, which, by Week 14 will allow Redskins PR to cue up six or seven sound bites and just press play randomly during post-game press conferences.
But Al Saunders? That's a different matter. Below appears, verbatim, one Saunders answer to a post-game question. The question was, approximately, "How did Pooch [center Mike Pucillo] do?" The answer:
"Seemed to do real well," Saunders said. "Like I was saying here we went into this game with a very conservative game plan, feeling we'd like to play to the strength of our football game. Right now the strength of our football team is our defense, and they're playing extremely well.
"They had a quarterback in there who I think the world of in Kurt Warner, that's why I was late coming back, I just spent some time with him in the locker room, and like I told Jason he feels a lot worse than you do and he had a pretty good game. The point of this game is to win, and we had some real conservative third down situations that we did intentionally, we didn't want to put Jason in a situation where, until our line got its sea legs a little bit, that we would just play to the strength of our defense, and we were gonna play field position football and we ran the football on first and second down quite a bit and we were very conservative on third down and it turned out to win the game for us.
[Answer continued below]
"The only concern we had was right before the half there where we ended up getting the ball tipped up on a screen pass and we were gonna run the ball every down because we were gonna come out and have it in the second half, but when we got the ball back on the 40 we felt like, 'Shoot, hey let's go, if we can put something away here right at the beginning and get a 21-point lead, that would be awesome.' And they made a great play and all of the sudden it was a little bit different came coming out [of halftime].
"But extremely pleased with the offensive line, I mean, what a great job by those guys. You know, our right tackle hadn't practiced with a groin for a couple weeks, our right guard had never played there for us, our center, the first time he ended up having a chance to go in and play and so we were real pleased with the outcome. Four and two's a lot better than three and three, you know, and so while we weren't happy with all of the production--we would obviously liked to have been more productive and we need to be. But we were excited about the win, and...."
I had to leave at that point. When I left, the answer was 405 words and counting. And never did he say the words "hard," "fight," "fought" or "guts."
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