Today there wasn't much time to ask questions. Thanks for responding, perhaps you could submit them for his coaches show on Thursday or maybe SWC can ask some. Here is a brief report of today's Lunceon with the Coach.
As usual HCDM goes table-to-table shaking hands with a smile on his face. You have a moment where you can have a quick word or two with him. His trip around the room goes pretty fast, today there were about 55 people there. Matt Park addressed the audience and today he made mention that Ryan Nassib was again named honorable mention All Big East. He also said that Van Chew's diving catch in the corner of the end zone off a of an Alec Lemon throw against USC had been nominated for the Geico Play of the Year. Matt asked each of us to take a second when we got back to our offices to place a vote. Here's a link in case you want to help GEICO Best of College Football Facebook page
Coach then took the podium and expressed concern with our mounting injury problem. He said because of that we will have closed practices all week as he & the coaching staff sort everything out. He said players are getting injured in the game not practice. There will be a lot of shuffling around. He pointed out that we have 55 first and second year players on the roster. He made mention of the fine play on special teams by Kyle Foster and said he had a couple of tackles. He also praised Prince Tyson Gulley, Antwon Bailey and Ryan Nassib. He cited the play where Ryan connected with Lemon for the TD and said, that was outstanding, it's a very difficult play. He recalled a similar play from last year which didn't net the same result. HCDM feels Nassib learned from that, the opponent showed a five man front, and Ryan reacted properly to it. Coach said Brees did that a few times while he was at New Orleans. It was a great play. Marrone was on the verge of saying RN was possibly going to be a very, very special quarterback. He mentioned the bad snap and how livid Ryan was, Mackey felt real bad and he (Marrone) wasn't going to get up in his face. That would serve no purpose. Mackey knew what he did, talked it over with Ryan and it shouldn't happen again. Not once this year, in practice, nor in a game has this happened before. That helped put Toledo up 10-0 and was shades of Minnesota.
Coach also said he has been deluged with questions about the blown call. First he said he can't dwell on it as he has to prepare the team for this weeks opponent, Rutgers. Do I feel bad for them? Sure, but I won't think about it again until after the season. He said if the kick was declared no good our strategy for the rest of the game would have been different. He gave props to the Big East for manning up in a timely fashion. He said he felt sorry for the refs involved because they work very hard preparing for games and try to do the best job possible that they can.
GOSU96 asked coach about the disparity of offense plays between us and our opponents that has been going on all year long. Go, pointed out the numbers were a little better this week. HCDM said the problem is we are not stopping people on 3rd down, we have to do a better job. He said this year is a little different than last in that the offense is bailing the defense out a lot more. Someone asked him about the 1-17 record in noon games coming into last week. Doug said we changed things up. The night before we didn't have the position coaches asking the players a lot of questions. We got the team up at 7:30 and did a different routine to get them ready.
I said, "We miss Chandler Jones, are we going to see him again this year?" Marrone said Jones was dressed as were some of the other injured players. He said Chandler is arguably our best defensive player. He mentioned that Orlando Fischer being out hurts this defense a lot especially in the nickel package.
Doug Marrone is getting concerned with how the fans are handling these nailbiters. He said, "Frankly, I'm worried about some of the people in this room. I even asked Pete Sala if he could extend beer sales into the 4th quarter." Sala responded that he couldn't due to liability. HCDM countered with, We'll have liability if some of the fans start dropping."
Tom, Go & Jake were there too, anything they could add to this report would be welcomed.