Ralph: I am Embarrassed with Our Coaching Job
I will be posting interviews with players throughout the day. Here is the interview last night with Ralph Friedgen to chew on after the loss:
"We didn’t do a very good job coaching or playing. I didn’t do a very good job at all. Kind of embarrassed by the way we performed tonight. Give credit to Middle Tennessee. I thought they played well tonight. They really outplayed us.
We had too many mistakes. We had a play then we had a mistake. We had a holding, a dropped ball, a misread, a poor throw. We did everything. We had problems communicating on defense. When you are not focused and you know you are going into a situation where they are going to play you the best game they can, that’s what I was concerned about. I was not able to get our guys to understand that, and that is my fault.
We all didn’t perform very well.
(on the defense)
They were spreading us out. They did a smart thing. They hit us with quick passes. They had quick wide receivers. It wasn’t anything we didn’t anticipate. They did a good job and they run a quarterback draw and get us all spread out. I thought we did a pretty good job on their zone stuff. We got tentative and didn’t tackle well. Even when we played it well, they would get four or five yards.
(lack of focus)
It was a large part of it. That’s my job to get them focused, so it’s my fault. I didn’t like our Thursday practice at all. We had a lot of mistakes in our walk-through. I just didn’t do a very good job. I have got to be better. I am embarrassed at what kind of coaching job we did. And I am embarrassed the way we played.
I remember we went to Northern Illinois, lost a tough one and came back and played in the Gator Bowl. These games were hard. FIU could have gone either way. Eastern Michigan. That’s why you play the game. I was watching Ohio State and Ohio, and they were playing them at home. That’s my job to get them ready to play and I didn’t do a very good job at it.
Sometimes they don’t hear you. That’s my fault. I have to make them hear me.
We hit the cross bar again (on the field goal). If we tried to do that, we couldn’t do that. We are going to see what kind of character we have as a staff and a team. Maybe they will start listening to me. I told them what I thought tonight. I told them I have been doing this for 40 years, this is not the first time. They have to start trusting me, that I’m just not a coach talking the talk. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. If they want to have a good football team they will."
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