Brown's Review of Each Game
Some reporters and I talked with defensive coordinator Don Brown for about 10 minutes the other day. Here are some highlighted quotes. Bottom line is, Brown feels the defense is making some progress, but some misfortune or inopportune plays undermined that progress in a way. Brown and Coach Ralph Friedgen both talked about linebacker Adrian Moten having a clear shot at Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher, but Moten either tripped or fell and never got to Dasher. Or, as Brown explained it, using a metaphor.
“We are clear as a bell on one blitz walking in on a quarterback and all of the sudden we get a sniper shot from the bleachers,” Brown said. “Nobody shot us in the bleachers, but those kinds of things are growing pains we’re going through. ... Bottom line is, you have to keep your mind as those around you are losing theirs.”
Brown also summed up the defensive play in each of the first three games:
“The first game, from a personnel and a maturity standpoint, they were really the antithesis of what we were. A veteran club in their big year and they are hitting their stride. Did we measure up? No.”
Vs. James Madison
“Then you play an option team and you have to switch gears and go to a base and make sure you have your option responsibilities covered. We give up two huge plays. We can’t control an interception being brought back, or a punt being dropped. You can’t control those things. But those are tough things for a young group to overcome when you are trying to develop chemistry and continuity.”
Vs. Middle Tennessee:
“Last week, you go to wide open, throw it 60, 70 times a game. We had four sacks. We had a fumble recovery. We had an interception hit us right between the numbers that could walk in for the end zone. But you have to also move forward. I think we’re getting close to playing the type of football I’m looking forward to.”
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