Monday, October 03, 2005

Bye Week begins | by Jay

Gotta check out the post-Purdue presser from Charlie today. A couple of gems.

Q. Early on someone asked you about your tag, the offensive guru, and you laughed at that. Do you not think you are pretty darn good at it?

COACH WEIS: I think I am pretty good, but I think there are plenty of people that are good. I do have one advantage over a lot of people - the fact that from where I have come I have seen a lot of things and you build up a reservoir of how to handle the things you are going to go against. So as you're sitting here watching things you say, I remember we did this in 1994, we did this in '96. That reminds me of the game in '98. So when you have a reservoir it isn't all original notes but to everyone you are going against it is original because they have never seen it. One thing I do have is that I have a very good memory. And I am talking about when it comes to what happened in different games and how -- what we have done to, both pro and con, so that's the one advantage I have is that reservoir of experience of things that happened over my 15 years in the NFL.

Q. Your experience of being a teacher, how does that make you a better coach?

COACH WEIS: Too many people too many times look at sports and almost say that dumb jock stereotype that when we all were growing up. I think it's become so much more of an intellectual game now that much of the approach in the preparation to these games is intellectual. It's not just physical. It's not just "let's go pound them." You know, there's a big mental approach. That can be a definite weapon to be able to use your brain could be a definite weapon. That's where teaching comes into play.

Q. Defensive line had no sacks. How much of that is attributable to the three step drop; how much is it having to contain the option and then how much is disappointment that you had no sacks?

COACH WEIS: I wouldn't be disappointed because second half that's all they did was three step drops. You are not counting on sacks on three step drops. That was their whole mentality; which is a little different from what they have done. If you've watched Purdue so far this year you noticed in the second half they went to a personnel group of four wide which they'd only used nine snaps the entire year of four wide with one back in there because by blitzing we scared them out of empty. They got out of that. But then they went into a four wide, two by two, formation, three step drops, and they had some success doing it. It was really something they really hadn't done all year, but they hadn't been in a situation where they are down four scores all year either. So they are going to make some plays when that ends up happening but the three step drop, they had no sacks either, as you recall, so this was a sackless game then. Didn't bother me too much.

Q. After the game a lot of the offensive players talked about how they felt, like if they just did their job nights like Saturday should be common place. Does that border on overconfident; do you like that attitude?

COACH WEIS: As a matter of fact I learned that one from Bill Belichick because his number one phrase all the time was `just do your job.' What happens is when you start trying to do somebody else's job, and not just do your job, there's chances for individual breakdowns. Once you get everyone doing their job in sync you have a chance for success.

Q. People seem to be making a big deal about you having an extra week to prepare for USC. How much more prepared can you get a team in the extra week?

COACH WEIS: Exponentially.