Turner: We're Consistently Inconsistent
An interesting exchange occurred at the start of the meeting Wednesday night between Ralph Friedgen and a handful of reporters. One reporter hit a sensitive spot with Friedgen when he asked about the need to find consistency.
Reporter: “You have talked about needing consistency for some time, what does it take for players to do it?”
Friedgen: “You think if I knew the answer I wouldn’t try to get it done? Obviously, it is trying to get better. Better focus.”
Reporter: “It is a basic concept, is it stunning to you that it has not gotten through?”
Friedgen paused before saying: “It is frustrating.”
The conversation reporters had with Friedgen lasted about 12 minutes, which is about normal, maybe even a little shorter than usual. But Friedgen revisited the topic of consistency later in the conversation without being prompted. Here is where he took the topic:
“What I am having trouble getting through is, in order to create a habit, you have to do it in practice. When you get out there and play on Saturday, it has to be instinctive. It can’t be, ‘Well let me say I’m going to step with this foot, I’m going to hit this number, I’m going to do this.’ You have to just think about being aggressive and that stuff just has to be down. When you are continually on the guys about doing it right, and then you try to show them that this is what happens when you do it right, pretty soon they have to get it, it has to start coming from them.
“I’m sure they have other things they are dealing with in their lives, like all of us do --- school, girlfriends, whatever. But when you go on that field, you have to put all that aside, just like you go to work, you can’t be dealing with all that stuff. Sometimes 18-20 year old kids are not mature enough to do that.”
Later that night, we talked to quarterback Chris Turner about whether he senses frustrating in Friedgen relating to the lack of consistency. Here is what he said:
“Yeah, especially because we had a team thing in camp and each player got up and said what his strengths are weaknesses are. The consistent weakness was we’re not consistent. We all had the same answer. We’re not being consistent out there. We all admit it. It’s probably something we should be better at. I have been seeing that since I was a freshman. That has always kind of been his thing.”
My question: This lack of consistency, do you fault the players most or the coaches??
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