Bill Lynch Weekly Press Conference
Oct. 21, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head coach Bill Lynch met with the media on Tuesday, Oct. 21, for his weekly press conference. Lynch discussed the opponent this weekend, the Northwestern Wildcats. The following is a transcript of the press conference.
Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch
"I'll get right into the injury report coming out of the Illinois game. Kellen (Lewis) did more yesterday than he did last week, so we'll still use the term questionable but we are certainly more hopeful, so we'll see how that goes. We don't know how much he'll do today. Andrew McDonald and Cody Faulkner won't practice as a result of getting dinged at the game on Saturday and have not been cleared to play yet. Dennis Zeigler, who had been playing some but hadn't played in a few weeks, he's going to have surgery tomorrow, a knee surgery and will be out for the year. Andrew Means, I'm not really sure his status as we get to the end of the week but he has a cast on his hand but I don't know the actual injury. Defensively, I think we should have everybody out there that played last week."
"Northwestern is a really good football team. They are a team that, as a coach, you have a lot of respect for, because of the way they play. They play with real toughness on both sides of the ball. They are just a tough football team. They are very sound and well coached.
"Defensively, they are tough to gain yards and tough to score on. They do a great job of playing a base defense and base coverages and then mixing zone blitzes and zone pressure on you. I don't know where they are in the Big Ten, but they are up there in sacks and getting pressure on the quarterbacks. Up front, they have good tackles and good rush ends on the outside.
"Offensively, they have a senior quarterback and he has played very well. He operates the offense and gets the ball where it's supposed to be. He's an accurate thrower and avoids pressures and they don't give up a lot of sacks for a team that throws it a lot. (Tyrell) Sutton is a quality back who has played a lot of football. They have a tough offensive line, good receivers and the kicking game is sound, so there's a reason why their record is what it is.
"We gave the team Sunday off, we came back Monday and had good meetings and a good workout and our guys know there is still a lot to play for and a lot out there and that starts with playing at home. We have a home stretch coming up that we have talked a lot about, where we know we have to get back to playing good, sound football starting this week at home against Northwestern."
On how he would describe his own team right now:
"On offense, I think it has also played a role. I'm not trying to make excuses; I think some injuries have affected our consistency on offense. Everything starts up front and we have had to rotate some guys up there to develop the consistency that we need. And we have hit a stretch were we have played some pretty good defensive teams so you have to give them credit.
"But in terms of where we are and what I think we can do, I like what we are doing, we just have to keep getting better. But we have to keep getting better in terms of our consistency. We are still turning the ball over too much, which is something that's going to get you. There are a lot of reasons for that, but that's inconsistent play, that's not taking care of the ball, that's not getting enough turnovers on the other side when we've had opportunities.
"I think our kicking game has been sound. It hasn't been spectacular and it hasn't done anything out of the ordinary."
On what he likes what he has seen with the team so far:
On what this team does well:
"I think we have to continue to improve in our pass protections, particularly against these good pass rushing teams that we have been playing and will continue to play."
On the Northwestern defense:
"I like their safeties too; they are very active and aggressive. It is a good scheme and they have guys that have played a lot and play with a lot of confidence. They mix their pressures in there with some movement and once you get to this point in the season, you see that they have a very well coordinated unit that believes in what they are doing."
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