Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics
Oct. 20, 2009
"We had the week off last week and what we did was take advantage of the time off and get back to the basics, but also let the kids have a little fun. But we practiced hard and we did some self-evaluation. We had a chance to sit back and look at some of the things we do well and see what problems we had. Especially when you're dealing with young men that haven't played a whole lot. Against UNLV we're going to try and stick to the things we do well. We want the kids to be comfortable so they play well and play a little more physical than they had been."
On the players grasping the concepts of the offense:
"The schemes aren't too complicated for the players. We were doing a lot of new things where we got a new staff and new players who are all trying to learn a new system. We put our system in and now we have to evaluate and see which things we are doing well. When you have young kids, if they aren't too comfortable and they feel they have too much on their plates, I don't think that they play as fast or react as fast as you want them to. The schemes aren't too difficult, we may just have to cut back a little and find the things they do well."
On making personnel changes for this weeks game:
"We are going to stick with who we've been playing with for the most part. We need to continue to keep coaching them and the more they learn the system and get comfortable with it, I think that they will get better and better. I was in a situation at the last program I was with where we started it from the beginning and we struggled. But the kids and the coaches get more comfortable and they both continue to get better. Our kids are in the same situation. They will continue to get better. We've got a great group of kids who are willing to learn and have good attitudes every week. Even with our lack of success they have had a great attitude. That's what makes football fun. It will help us to continue to come back and continue to try and get a win."
On whether or not this is the Lobos' best opportunity for a victory:
"We won't approach it in that manner. We are going to continue to keep coaching these kids and keep loving them up and I think that eventually they are going to start reacting and playing the way we want them to within both systems. On paper it looks like on of the better opportunities we've had this season (to win), but that doesn't mean anything. I'm sure these guys (UNLV) are going to try and come in here and get their season back on track just like we are trying to."
On the match up with UNLV:
"The first thing that jumps out at me is that they are a much better team then their record shows. Offensively, they do a good job. They have a great scheme and they do a great job with the different passing concepts. They show a bunch of different formations to keep the defense off balance. They play two quarterbacks who are really athletic and can throw the ball well within their system. The best thing those quarterbacks do is pull it down and hurt you with their feet. UNLV has a great receiving corps. Defensively they have been decent. They do a good job of showing you different schemes and coming at the offense from different angles. They are a good team and at anytime they can put it together. I'm sure they are going to come in here ready to play."