Minnesota Postgame Presser Transcript: Brady Hoke

Submitted by Heiko on October 1st, 2011 at 6:52 PM

(players tomorrow)

Brady Hoke

from file

Misdirection plays were a big part of offense. Will we see more? “Maybe. It just is kind of the offensive package. It’s kind of, when you have a quarterback that threatens people because of his ability to run, that’s part of it. That stuff is like the old counter play, which you don’t see a whole lot of people running anymore. It’s a lot of traction one way and then going back the other way.”

Talk about Denard’s passing. Is that more like what you see in practice? “Yeah. The sky’s never going to fall. We’re going to make it through. He throws the ball well, and we like how he throws the ball. [He] set his feet well and we ran good routes and completed some balls.”

Talk about the intensity of tackling and sacks. “I think Jerry Montgomery has done a tremendous job with our front, and the pride that a guy like Van Bergen or Martin have in how they play is a big part of it. I think this whole thing is a process what the kids are going through and how you do things. I think it’s just one of the things that we emphasize and they really did a nice job on some of those things. As far as tackling goes, if you fit the defense right, and wherever the support is or the cutback player -- all those different intangibles you have to have on defense -- I think you tackle better.”

Talk about Denard/Devin formation. What kinds of problems can that create for defense? “They’re both pretty talented. I think who’s back there in the backfield with them have some talents. It’s just something that Al has had for a while and something that we thought would be a good thing to do.”

Talk about Vincent Smith. “He does everything you want him to do, when you look at him as a football player and how he prepares and his toughness. All those things that -- Vince is a guy that you can count on. If he makes a mistake or doesn’t do something as well, it’s not because of lack of effort or lack of toughness. He’s done a good job for us.”

How pleased are you at the 58-0 effort to start your Big Ten career? “It has nothing to do with my career. It really has to do with these kids and that jug, and keeping that jug in Ann Arbor. And us going out to play better football every time we take the field whether it’s tomorrow when we practice or if it’s on game day. Believe me we have a lot of mistakes from a personnel standpoint. We take a daggone penalty, and that’s my fault. We didn’t have a guy out there on the punt team. You can’t do that and win championships, and that’s my fault.”

Why did you choose this game to unleash all this offensive creativity? “You work on it during fall camp, you put it to bed for a little bit, but you work on it so the kids have a knowledge of it so when you bring it back out, it’s just something we thought was a good time to bring out.”

What was your reaction when Borges brought the 2-QB package, and is this the most complete game you have played this season? “Well Al and I have talked about that package in March? April? And believe me, Al Borges is very, very creative. So that’s not just that package. I’m sure his creativity will show up again. We played probably our best game to this point, but the schedule is -- we’re going away. We’re going on the road. We haven’t been on the road. They don’t know how we like to travel. And I say we as a staff. They have an idea, but there’s a lot of unknowns out there, and there’s a lot that we have to get better.”

Did you practice any jug security so you wouldn’t drop it, and does a game where everybody gets to play give you a boost in practice the next week? “I’ll answer the second question first. No question the morale of your football team -- those other guys, and I’ll use an example: Richard Ash, I don’t know how many plays he got, maybe four or five. But he goes down there on that look team and does a tremendous job down there and has the ability to come out there and play some. I would think he would feel pretty good about that. So I think that’s always important. You get guys live reps in games.

“Jug security is always at a premium.”

(more after the jump)

How did the game plan defensively change for you after you learned Marqueis Gray wasn’t going to play? Also, how did your defensive front do against Shortell? “We really didn’t change it at all. We do a lot of things by personnel groups, what personnel groups they have in. So all the calls were based on those groups. So they would have had the same calls if Marqueis would have been in there. So there was no change at all.”

Is the confidence level of players high enough where they expect to win a Big Ten championship? “I hope so.”

Are you eager to get this Michigan team out on the road, and will it give you and your staff a better indication of where they’re at? “We like playing at home. Now if Dave can do a 10-game home schedule, it would be wonderful. It’s pretty convenient. I’m kind of interested in seeing how we react. I really am. To see what we’re made of -- see our mentality, our mental toughness, see if we’re business-like in how we go about the work that we have to do, and the preparation and all those things.”

The defensive line wasn’t where you wanted it to be. Talk about progression? “I think they were disruptive. That’s what I like and that’s what you have to do if you’re a guy who plays up front. As you look at the schedule and you look at teams you’re going to play, I think there’s some offensive lines in this league that are pretty stout. We’ve got to make sure that we’re making our gains and our progression on a daily basis with great urgency and intensity.”

Three things: Troy Woolfolk looked like he was limping. What did Denard have done to his arm? How did Schofield play? “I didn’t notice Troy limping, so that’s new to me. Denard had a boo-boo. Schofield I imagine did okay in there. I can’t tell you for sure because of not [having watched] the film yet.”

Helmet numbers? “That was my decision, and we will have those numbers on there throughout the rest of the season when we get into Big Ten play because we want to honor the guys who wore those numbers before, and the 42 championship teams. And the guys who have represented Michigan. It’s important to us.”

McColgan was out. “He got banged up a little bit.” Is it serious? “Week to week, day to day.”

Did you sense more physicality up front? Also, how did Fitz Toussaint run? “I think, up front, you try and gauge yourself. Molk’s played a lot of football, and I kind of, being a defensive line coach, I like watching other defensive lines and how they play and how we block them. I thought there was football being played at the point of attack. And … why are you laughing at that? It was pretty obvious football was being played. But you could hear it. You could feel it and sense it. When you look at your line and you look at, if the back has to start making his decision and his cuts further back from the line of scrimmage, then you’re not doing a good job. And you could see when Shaw and Fitz and those guys were coming, they got more downhill, pressed the line of scrimmage more, and that tells you those guys were working hard. Fitz, I thought he ran well. He’s a tough little burger who did a nice job.” [ed-M: I doublechecked the video: he definitely said 'burger.']

Re: Two-QB formation. How much does that help that other teams have to prepare for it? Also, what’s that called? “Uh, you know, two quarterbacks, whatever. It doesn’t matter what it’s called. It really is, yeah. People have to prepare.”

Talk about your secondary and how guys like Avery and Countess are playing. “Well, you know. Courtney and Blake, and there’s Raymon Taylor, [who] is going to be a good football player also. Our young guys have done a good job. It starts in my opinion with Jordan Kovacs and his leadership and his directing traffic out there. I think they have a lot of confidence in each other. I think there’s a chemistry. I think J.T. has done a nice job. When he focuses in, he’s pretty doggone good. I think there’s number one, there’s some competition, because there’s a lot of guys in that room that all want to play.”

Talk about Thomas Rawls? “It was good to get Thomas some carries. He’s a freshman that’s learning the game of football at the Division I level. I think he’s got some skill sets that are pretty good. I think you saw some of that today. So it was good to see him out there.”

Gibbons was 3/3. “Someone has said that he’s kicked really good during fall camp. Ahem. Someone did. We’ve got a lot of confidence in him, and hopefully that injects even more confidence into him.”

Denard was 11/11 before his first incompletion. He’s a pretty confident guy, but how important is it to re-establish that confidence that he can be a succesful passer? “Yeah, because all he hears is he’s not. Not from us, but other people. (Ed: Looking at you, buddy.) I think getting off to a good start helps us with the run game so much. People want to put nine guys, and they played a lot of quarters, and they were doing a lot of good stuff with their safeties depending on where the back was. And then they changed during halftime, which is good coaching. Bill Miller’s a good defensive football coach. It was good, and being able to throw the ball was a big part to our offense.

Can you be successful in the Big Ten relying on Denard to get most of your yards? “I don’t think so. You become too one-dimensional. People are creative. We’re going to play a lot of good coaches and some teams with very good personnel. When good coaches give good personnel the game plan and scheme, they can be a problem. The ability for our running backs to do a nice job running with the football and the ability to do a nice job in the passing game is a big part of it.”

As a defensive coach, you must love a shutout. “Right.”What did you like specifically, and what can you improve on? “Yeah. They broke two runs that got outside that shouldn’t have. Then they fumbled. We got fortunate at the end [when] They fumbled the ball -- and the daggone end doesn’t squeeze when the tackle blocked … Just simple. Basic. Football. Stuff. That we didn’t do. As many times as we’ve done drills and as many times -- that’s unacceptable, because that’s a discipline that you have to have.”

Greg Mattison said during the halftime radio show, “An average defense comes out and goes downhill during the second half.” Were you concerned about a letdown during the second half? “I think we communicate with them pretty well. I think Greg and his staff -- I think we challenge them. This was a first step to what the goal of this football program is and has been, and that’s a Big Ten championship. You can’t go out there in the second half and slop around and not tackle well and not have an urgency and not have an intensity. That doesn’t get you any better. You go backwards, and I’m not a believer in going backwards.”



October 1st, 2011 at 6:58 PM ^

“Jug security is always at a premium.”

“Uh, you know, two quarterbacks, whatever. It doesn’t matter what it’s called. It really is, yeah. People have to prepare.”

"Denard had a boo-boo."

I love our coach!


October 1st, 2011 at 7:14 PM ^

We like playing at home. Now if Dave can do a 10-game home schedule, it would be wonderful. It’s pretty convenient.

I thought there was football being played at the point of attack. And … why are you laughing at that? It was pretty obvious football was being played.

He’s a tough little burger who did a nice job. Someone has said that he’s kicked really good during fall camp. Ahem. Someone did.

Yeah, because all he hears is he’s not. Not from us, but other people.

Was the "(Looking at you, buddy.)" an editorial that didn't get labeled as such?


October 1st, 2011 at 9:26 PM ^

Probably  should not judge either coach as to circumstances they have not experienced.  I have no doubt Hoke will face adversity;  when he does, all of us will get to see his reaction.  Based his attitude so far, I wouldn't bet against him.

Les Miles

October 1st, 2011 at 7:35 PM ^

Not to be rude, but is this only supposed to be a Brady Hoke postgame interview? Where are Mattison and Borges?


EDIT: Nevermind, I didn't see that it only said "Brady Hoke". I thought it said "coordinators"

San Diego Mick

October 1st, 2011 at 7:22 PM ^

This guy is so classy and funny to boot, in a natural way. Anybody miss DickRod still? Huh? No? Good, then maybe Brian will cease with the love affair articles he puts out on the WCIMFH (worse coach in Mich Football history).


You notice how Hoke blames himself 1st? Leading by example.


Thank you Dave Brandon for making the move(s) you made!!! Go Blue!!!


October 1st, 2011 at 7:51 PM ^

I only marked one person's post as anything in here and I responded directly after I did it. And I did it because names like "DickRod" are just as stupid as "O$U" and "MSUcks" or when other fans call us scUM. They aren't creative. They are stupid and unneeded.


October 1st, 2011 at 7:38 PM ^

I negged you for rehashing the same trite, incorrect rants about how RR didn't "get" UM and was a bad coach who blamed everyone else for his failings, despite the fact it wasn't true.  As always, let's be happy that UM won today, no bag on the last guy just to make ourselves feel even better about the current coaching staff.  I love Hoke and his passion, but that doesn't mean I can't also like what RR did here (and let's not kid ourselves, UM dropped 58 points on Minny in part because of the offense RR installed the past couple of years here and Borges' ability to streamline and implement it so well).


October 1st, 2011 at 8:23 PM ^

RR didn't get Michigan though.

He thought the ohio game was just another Saturday in November.

He forced a scheme down player's throats who didn't or couldn't get it.  We wasted three years because of him.

By way of comparison, look at what Borges has done with a QB that doesn't fit his style.  RR nor his staff couldn't make the same adjustments. 

I rarely said anything bad about RR in this forum, and even if Michigan lost every remaining game this season, it's pretty obvious now RR was out of his depth here.  RR would be better off staying an analyst rather than getting back in coaching.  He's the Matt Millen of coaches.

Neg me if being the charter member of the RR booster club makes you feel better.


October 1st, 2011 at 11:34 PM ^

By the way, let's remember that Rich Rodriguez now falls under the heading of "Former Michigan Head Coaches", the same heading as Oosterbaan, Elliott, and Moeller.  All men who did their best to uphold the high standards of this team, whether they succeeded or not.  One cannot act like Rodriguez falls in some category that no other Michigan coach did.  He did his best here, and he failed no matter what definition you want to use.

That sucks, but let's try to treat him with respect as a former Michigan head coach regardless of how his tenure ended.  Heck, did anyone else find it odd that the only time we ever wore numbers on the helmets was '59-68, the years of Bump Elliott?  Elliott was pushed out of the job after years of underachieving and yet here we are remembering his so-called underachieving teams.

I hope we continue to have the team run to the student section after the game like they have since RR got here, it is one good tradition that has come of that era.  As far as the history books are concerned, Rich Rod was as much a Michigan coach as anyone else.  Unless you plan to say the same thing to every Michigan coach who has ever failed and been fired, I would treat this university and its history with a little more respect.