ATLANTA -- Hey everyone, Ralph Friedgen just spoke with reporters via conference call about his early thoughts on last night's loss to Middle Tennessee. Since Prisbell is at the airport in Jacksonville and I'm in the comfort of my hotel room (complete with wireless internet access!), I wanted to provide the abridged version of Friedgen's talk. I'll post a more lengthy transcript later this evening.
Friedgen said execution, or lack thereof, was the main issue last night. Or as he called them, "unforced errors." The offense and defense wasted several opportunities that could have changed the tide of the game, Friedgen said, but miscommunication spoiled those moments.
"We had some things that were there and just didn’t get it done, probably more so offensively than defensively, although I thought we didn’t communicate very well as a defense," he said. "I think we played hard, but I didn’t think we were aggressive enough, particularly on the perimeter. But overall, they kind of dinked and dunked us a lot."
When asked how concerned he was that his team did not respond to the blatant warnings and messages he said he had given them all week leading up to the Middle Tennessee game, Friedgen seemed unsurprised at his players' inattentiveness.
"Well that’s not unusual. I mean, that’s not the first time," he said. "And you know, I look every Saturday and I see that happen, you know? You’re playing a game you’re supposed to win and they’re looking to another game coming up. Sometimes, they don’t always here you. I think that’s human nature more than a statement by our team. I’ve actually had some players come up today and are already starting to look at the film. I have a lot of faith in these kids and I’m sure they’ll come back."
As it related to the play of his quarterbacks, Chris Turner and Josh Portis, Friedgen was brief in his assessment. "Well, you know, they all probably could have done better," he said. "Chris has played better. That’s my take on it."
Friedgen also noted that safety Terrell Skinner is doubtful for Saturday's game against California after suffering what the coach described as a high ankle sprain last night.
More to come later in the evening.
September 7, 2008; 4:59 PM ET
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