They are. You learn something new every day in practice. It doesn't mean they will go from bad players to go players overnight, but those little gains accumulate over time and voila! you've got a good football player.
Wednesday Presser Transcript 11-6-13: Brady Hoke
- Drew Dileo and Keith Heitzman will be back Saturday. Brennen Beyer will start at SDE.
- AJ Williams will "be in the lineup."
- De'Veon Smith's demotion was to send a message. Still has a chance to earn his way back into the depth chart.
“Had a good practice yesterday. We expect it with the way this group has been. Most Tuesdays have been very good. It was good. The energy was good. The enthusiasm for the game of football was good. And in terms of preparation we got a lot done.”
Devin’s status physically? Has his leadership been tested?
“Oh I think all the leadership is always tested when you have adversity. He did a great job yesterday. Sore? Yeah. But every guy in the game of football across America who’s playing is going to be sore. He went out and attacked the day.”
Were there any lessons for him from last week?
“I think there’s always lessons. For him, maybe there’s some fundamental lessons when you look at technique that he can take home and learn from. I think leadership-wise I think there’s always those things we can build on ... I would think he keeps growing as a quarterback. That’s part of it. Being in those pressurized situations, made some awfully good throws. Obviously the Nascar series at the end of the game, late, showed a lot. He got them up even though he got him – he kept moving.”
Greg Mattison said Ameer Abdullah is the best running back you’ll face all year. What’s special about him?
“The kid’s a special athlete. He’s got good burst, good balance, can make you miss in the hole. I think the other part of it, traditionally, is their offensive lines have been pretty stout, pretty strong at the line of scrimmage. I think they’ve given him a chance to get runs started. I think his natural abilities, vision, jump cuts, all those things take over.”
Status of Keith Heitzman and Drew Dileo?
“Yeah they both practiced yesterday and they’ll both play Saturday.”
Who will start at SDE?
“I think Brennen [Beyer] will start the game, and Heitzman and [Chris] Wormley, I think we’ve got three guys in there that we like.”
How are the backups?
“Good. I think Tommy [Strobel] was set back. He had a little bit of burner that set him back a while. I think Matt [Godin] is coming along. I think he’s getting better. I like some of the physical things that he’s doing.”
How are your younger offensive linemen progressing?
“I think that group is a pretty good group. Logan [Tuley-Tillman], as he continues to get better as an offensive tackle [in terms of] football shape, strength, and all that because he’s a very good athlete. [Patrick] Kugler is a very smart football player. I think it runs in the family a little bit. His brother’s a center at Purdue, and his father is the head coach at El Paso. Those guys, I think, all are doing a nice job.”
How is Ben Braden coming along? Do you think he’s better suited to tackle than guard?
“Well I think Ben’s had really a good last four weeks. When you ask how he’s going along, I think he’s improving. I think he’s handling the communication at the line of scrimmage, getting into one protection and out of another one, all those things. From a body standpoint at the tackle position, it’s where he’ll end up at the end of the day, but we’ll work him in at guard, too.”
Do you do anything to stress the importance of playing well on the road?
“You know, I do about the consistency that we want to have. We’ve done a lot of different things when we’ve gone on the road depending on the time of the game. With a young football team, we’re going by stadiums and showing them the locker room. And we’ll do the same thing at Northwestern so they get an idea of here’s our bench, how close the people are. Here we obviously know our surroundings pretty well.”
Do you feel that the familiarity plays a role in your success here?
“I think if you take any team, if you look at their home wins compared to the away wins over the course of time, home is usually the better place.”
How are they doing making checks on the line?
“Doing good. I think Devin does a pretty good job. He identifies. Graham keeps growing, keeps getting better.”
How is Graham progressing?
“I think it is. Darryl would tell you the same thing.”
Are you going to try to give Derrick Green more snaps?
“Hope so. Him and De’Veon are both guys we’d like to get a little more work with.”
Did you see a different Devin emerge from that game?
“Yeah I think he learned. I think he grew … He took some shots, he got up, on the sideline he was great. He was encouraging guys and those kinds of things.”
When did you make the decision to take him out of the game?
“I think it was more after the last score. Let’s get Shane [Morris] some reps in that environment and see how he operates.”
How important is that for a young player’s development?
“I think it’s great. We’re going to be up there next year again. So that’s awesome for all those guys. The three freshmen on the inside. That’s got to be great for them.”
You mentioned De’Veon Smith. Does he have an opportunity to earn a higher spot on the depth chart?
“He’s got a chance to. Yeah.”
Has he responded to getting taken off the travel squad?
Was that to send a message?
Al said yesterday that rebounding after losses starts with the head coach …
“I’ve always believed with young people that this may be the only consistent discipline thing that some of them have ever in their lives. For us to be consistent with how we act and how we react to different situations or whatever it is or the schedule, how you want to do things. I think that’s important. We want to do everything perfectly, and that’s what it is.”
What are the hardest things Devin Funchess has to grasp in order to be a really good wide receiver?
“One of the hardest things is when you start identifying in the run game who are you going to block? With coverages changing, with some people disguising what they’re doing, especially when you start looking at the read plays and those kinds of things, who he’s going to block. Is he going to bypass the read key, all those things.”
How’s Taco Charlton progressing?
“Okay. Making progress. Day by day making progress.”
What does he need to improve?
“I think it’s a lot of different things. How you react to visual keys. He’s used to, like most of those guys in high school, just running up the field. Style of offense you play, they change week to week. Your mindset, your mentality, what you learn is a little different.”
How has AJ Williams responded? Will he start?
“Good. He should be in the lineup.”
You mentioned De’Veon Smith. What is his running style?
“He’s a little more of a slicer. He’s a little more like Drake [Johnson]. He’s very much a downhill, physical guy. Has good balance. Has similarities that him and Derrick have, but there’s enough different physical traits that they have that make them different.”
Has Russell Bellomy been able to do anything in practice?
“No. Not yet. He does a little bit of what we do on Sundays, and the rest of the time is rehab.”
That is a certainty of progression I just don't buy.
Sometimes, depending on the intellect and physical abilities, those little gains accumulate over time and you get a good player.
Sometimes they don't.
No matter how good the coaching - some players will never develop beyond "bad player".
But no one has ever gone through a college program and come out worse. They improve. Some never improve enough to be good.
Going to try and give Green more snaps? "hope so". Nice answer.
I'm good with getting the freshmen more carries, I just wonder if Green and Smith want to run behind this line. I guess experience is experience even if that experience will consist mostly of what to do when the hole doesn't open. It's a good thing they're both built to break tackles.
Really? Looks like he goes down like a sack of potatoes .. Immediately , d smith is a better back right now but what do I know I liked mike cox
You don't know a damn thing.
Yeah, that's why I said "built to break tackles." I've seen Green 'slap' tackled enough this year to have some doubt. But shit the kids 18 and the line has done him no favors as far as building his confidence. If I was on the sideline watching Fitz get smacked around I may be a little timid about plowing forward. Plus all our backs have been forced to the outside by the pressure up the middle. None of them ever really get a chance to get into a position to break tackles because their first contact is at the line or behind it. Who knows with a good push from the line and a head of steam Green 'looks' like he can churn out some tough yards.
"If I was on the sideline watching Fitz get smacked around I may be a little timid about plowing forward."
Not being a jerk, but that's difference between you and most - if not all - elite athletes. You would be timid, but they would say "put me in there, I could break that tackle/hit that hole/get a 1st down". Elite athletes are competitive.
Well starting Beyer over Clark is a start. Maybe they'll keep some contain now.
And Beyer is a SDE now. Don't sleep on Clark hopefully the lightswitch has turned on post MSU game
Beyer is starting at SDE, Clark is still the starter at WDE.
They aren't starting Beyer over Clark. Clark is at WDE and Beyer is now at SDE. Also, Clark had a good game against MSU.
Do you think he should?
What good comes of hoke providing a shred of info during a presser? Does it help the team in any way? Because that is his job - to help his team. He doesn't owe us fans anything and giving us all info doesn't help - in fact, it can only hurt as the media loves to spin non-stories into more. Tough for rhe media to create controversy if he says nothing. I personally like that he realizes that, while mandatory, these pressers are a total waste of time.
Being a booster, I think he owes me something. Everyone that is a booster is owed something by the people we help provide money to employ. Not that he owes any of us a lot on an individual basis, but collectively?
Also, I want someone to ask both Hoke and Borges why they keep tipping plays based on where Funchess is lined up. Because WTF? I'm sure we all got sick of that shit with Carr, and were really hoping to never see it again.
I listen to Sirius college football all the time trying to catch a tidbit on on Michigan footbal but they only seem to cover SeC schools. That being said some of the SeC coaches do the fan call in shows, Marc Richt for one take questions from fans. It's incredible to me the ammount of restraint he shows during these sessions.
love your school. If you think that gives you special entitlements, outside of whatever booster package you bought into, perhaps you should reconsider. You chose to give a donation, this does not mean that those you donated money to owe you anything, except to spend that money for the purpose it was given (this is not necessarily why you gave it, but what they said they would use the funds for.)
I'm happy you can sense his misery by reading answers to questions asked of him in which he gives the simple basic coach speak answers he always has. Nice first post too.
I'm sure he does hate these presses. The stupid questions that are asked...and for whom?
Do you really think he would answer good questions? It seems that when Heiko asks what we think of as good questions, they end up getting dodged. If I were a reporter tasked with doing pressers, I would need a really good weed hook-up to get ready to deal with the absolute stupidity and boredom flying around the room.
You have to remember these are press conferences, as in they're intended for reporters to come and get a couple quotes for the fluff pieces they're writing for the week. That's why you get a lot of softball questions like "talk about Player X," because without fail a day later an article about player X gets published.
It's not really intended for public consumption, at least that's not the main goal. The reporters aren't really interested in asking hard hitting questions about the state of the program necessarily, and they don't have a vested interest in diagnosing the minutia of what's wrong with the team like we do here. The coaches certainly aren't interested in divulging those details. Hence the non-answers.
Judging by the complacency in this presser...everything is just peachy.
This is true. Brady Hoke has never said a word to his team. They learn about him through press conferences.
Lots of De'Veon Smith mentioned.
The only thing less relevant than this press conference are the comments about the irrelevancy of this press conference.
This comment included.
I wish there were a way to "like," oh, hell, "LOVE" this post. It's so META.
Everyone is getting better. ..great! At this pace we'll be ready in few years.
Hoke's press conferences have always been this way. I love the outrage at them now when we lose a couple games.
Couldn't agree more. Nothing has changed in the press conferences, and why should they? How he handles the press has nothing to do with how he handles his team.
Summary - all is well, everyone is good, practice was great, progress is sufficient, leadership is booming, boo boos are healing. And see you back here a week from now for the exact same answers.
This is wrong.
Hoke is saving up his presser honesty for Ohio State week. At that press conference, in an attempt to screw with the opponent, he will answer every question truthfully. This will, in fact, work, and we will roll Ohio.
Everyone knows that press conferences are a very important part of coaching. This is the medium that coaches use to train their players. It is also how they communicate with their assistants. And this is where coaches do their most important work: satisfying the fans that hold the coaches' futures in their hands. Fans, you see, hold a lot of power over the program.
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Hugging that black bear while trying to be nice to Brown Bear.
Damn. I had a great picture of a guy humping a polar bear but didn't use it. That black bear was the closest I could get.
Once you go black bear...
Apparently practice is always great... but that doesn't seem to translate on Saturdays.
be doing wrong great in practice. Come game day wrong is peformed to spectacular success.
You give the fan base WAY too much credit. Whiney knowitall fans are as much a part of football as a "Get Back" coach, only not nearly as important.
God I hope you're right. As both an alumni and holder of four season tickets there would be nothing I want more than to see my new-found powers used to get Al Borges a new gig somewhere else.
I had no idea I held this much influence over events in the Athletic Department but now that I know I do you can rest assurred Gustavo I am going to get busy getting some things changed over there.
Oh crap. You said my powers were only over the HEAD coach and not his OC. Dammit straight to hell anyways. I cant use my alumni-season-ticket-holder-of-four-tickets power-influencer ray gun over the damn assistants now can I?
can i add my two tix to yours? but also add funk to the list?
Rabble rabble- Whiny snarky bitching- rabble rabble.
Why does Ben Braden keep getting brought up? I can't recall ever hearing so much about a young, backup offensive tackle.
But Heiko at least was talking about him as a surefire starter in the spring (at guard). Now we haven't seen him, despite Kalis and Bryant getting benched, Magnuson seemingly playing out of position, and a true freshman playing (Bosch).
When things look like a shitshow, people will look for any solution, right or wrong. To a lot of breathless program observers, Braden looked like he would be the answer all along. Hence the mentioning of his name now that things have (once again) gone to hell on the interior o-line and he's nowhere to be seen.
"The back up QB is always the best QB on the team, until you throw him out there, then it's the other guy that hasn't played."