Cosh: We Need to Get More Pressure
I got a chance to talk with defensive coordinator Chris Cosh on Tuesday night. Here is some of what he said regarding a variety of issues:
(Do you want to see more blitzing?)
Two of the touchdowns were on blitzes, so we have to be productive when we do blitz. It was a short passing game, catch and throw. You run a lot going this way you’re going to have to turn around and run back. You can either cover it or make a hurried throw even hurrier. The ball came out real quick on both of those. There were other times when we did blitz where it did cause problems for them, more so in the run game than the pass game.
(how tough was it to defend MTSU’s quick passes)
There were combo calls. There was always a running play with a screen. What they do is if they feel the blitz the will throw the screen real quick. The receiver won’t even go downfield. If you got off man, a four-yard cushion, you have to make a tackle. They were trying to spread it out and make it a perimeter game.
(When MTSU QB Joe Craddock says he knew Maryland would not bring a lot of pressure, how do you react to that?)
I don’t know how you can predict all that. I don’t know how he predicted all that. At times, we did bring pressure. I think they were anticipating pressure so they can get rid of it faster.
(Linebackers filling the gaps, can they be doing that quicker?)
Where they had some deals was the quarterback draw, that is when they spread you out and get your d-line one on one.
(improvements you’d like to see)
Not giving up a big play in man coverage. When we get off the field, not to have a fake punt on us.
(on the communication problems in the MTSU game)
Here is the deal: They are trying to speed the game so you can’t get your nickel and dime out there. And they are trying to not have you have time to adjust and get you vanilla on one call. What you have to do, you have to have ways to signal and everyone has to look. They hurry up, they run to the line like they are going to run something, so they get you set to see what you’re in and then they have 25 seconds to run down to see what you are going to do. So you have to have the ability to play a combo call like they are comboing their run and pass. One or two times we had a combo call where the communication wasn’t clear on one side. That is the difference between stopping the play and giving up the first down.
(on progress of Antwine Perez)
Terrell Skinner has been really productive. He has made a lot of plays, tackles, assists, hurries. Perez has to step in there. There was a reason Skinner was No. 1. I hope he can bring his physicalness to our defense.
(on defensive line)
We have got to get more pressure. You can rush three, four, five, six. You have to get there. If you are not getting there with six, you might as well defend. We have to do a better job at that. Where we have been hurt is where we didn’t contain their quarterback. We put pressure on, he scrambled out and that was the one score that we gave up to Delaware. We missed a tackle.
(on Cal’s offense)
The thing that is remarkable is their rushing stats. They have two backs who are very fast. When you couple that with a very athletic offensive line and a precision coaching. They do a good job protecting the quarterback and run blocking. Those backs combined are their leading receivers.
(on Jahvid Best)
I am trying to think who to compare him with but he is one of the top backs I have seen. He is explosive. He will stick his foot in the ground, make the cut and hit it. We actually have been doing pretty well against the run per carry.
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