Head Coach Bill Lynch's Weekly Press Conference
Oct. 27, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Bill Lynch met with members of the media on Tuesday to discuss last week's game against Northwestern and to look forward to Saturday's game at Iowa. Coach Lynch was joined by senior Rodger Saffold and junior Tyler Replogle.
A partial transcript is below.
Coach Bill Lynch Press Conference-October 27, 2009
"I mentioned Jamie Lukaszewski last night on the radio show and Justin Carrington went out of his way to complement Jamie. Here is a kid who was Scout Team Player of the week meaning he did anything asked of him and he is also on our kickoff team. I think he had the first three tackles on kickoffs. Jamie is a great kid who is great to have in our program. Our captains for the Iowa game are Roger Saffold, Austin Thomas, Jamie Kirlew, and Matt Mayberry.
"We have a tremendous challenge and a bigger opportunity on Saturday against Iowa. We spent a lot of time talking about this opportunity with our team yesterday. Depending on what poll you look at, we have an opportunity going into the ninth week of the season to play the number four team in the country.
"Iowa is an undefeated Big Ten team and we get to play them in a great football environment. Our guys are here because they love Indiana University, but also because they wanted to play Big Ten football. They wanted to play in Big Ten, big-time games. That is what this opportunity is about on Saturday.
"Iowa is a really good football team. They are a complete football team, which is typical of Iowa football because they are so well coached on both sides of the ball. They do not beat themselves and are leading the conference in turnover margin. They are physical, which we have to be prepared for.
"I think any really good football team gets outstanding play from their quarterback and I think Stanzi is really playing well this season. He started playing well the middle of last season and has been outstanding so far this year.
"Defensively, they keep reloading. Iowa has players who fit their schemes. They are very difficult to run against, as they always have been. They are difficult to score against, as they get a lot of interceptions, tackle and they pursue.
"Special teams-wise, Iowa is always very sound. We know what we are getting into and are looking forward to it. Fortunately, a lot of our kids were on the trip to Kinnick Stadium in 2007, so they know the environment we face. The passion for football in Iowa is great to be a part of. It is a credit to everyone who is a part of their program, but Coach Ferentz is an outstanding coach with a great staff who deserve the record they have right now."
On defensive adjustments made during the second half of the Northwestern game:
"The other adjustment we made was in our two-deep zone. They were picking us underneath because we were running our middle linebacker deep to protect the middle of the field, which is typical of cover-two zone. We started spying one of our down guys. On the interception Mayberry got, the spying contributed to the interception. We had a cover four where we made an adjustment that set up Austin Thomas' interception. Then the interception Polk had was just really good coverage on his part.
"We came out the third quarter and the bad play was the punt where we gave up two points. Otherwise, I thought we played outstanding. Then in the fourth quarter, we gave up two long drives. Those are the plays that really hurt us because they converted some third down plays and a fourth-and-three.
"It was interesting because during the fourth quarter of the game, from the 10-minute mark on, there were two possessions really. We had one and Northwestern had one. We talk about how you have to make plays or football is a game of inches. We had a fourth-and-three and ran a base route and didn't convert. We turned the ball over and Northwestern got a fourth-and-three and ran the exact same route and converted. They executed and we didn't. I thought we played better in the second half, but just didn't make the stops during the fourth quarter. Getting three turnovers in the second half is great defense."
On how much input he (Coach Lynch) has on offensive play calling:
"Matt Canada does a tremendous job as well as the whole offensive staff. The point is people do not realize how hard our staff works. We are no different than any football staff here in America. With the technology nowadays, you get the tapes and break everything down. We make a lot of decisions ahead of time in terms of what we are going to do such as on down and distance and field position.
"Another example is what kind of personnel grouping we are going to have on the field. You have options during each situation and don't settle on running a run play in every situation. In play calling, you do not pull a play out of the air. "You have all of the factors calculated as best you can on Saturday, but I don't care what level of football it is. Look at the NFL. They have play calling sheets as wide as their shoulders with different highlights and so forth. You are going to make a lot better decisions on Tuesday or Wednesday in the staff room then in a 30-second period.
"Now, it's my decision if we are going to go for it on fourth down or any of those situations. Obviously, because it affects both offense and defense, I am going to make the decision. I am ultimately the one and take full responsibility. The Northwestern game was a tough loss. We came back and looked at and broke down the film, talked about the things we did well and not so well, and moved on to Iowa."
On other plays considered in the fourth down and one situation during the Northwestern game:
On the Northwestern loss being a harder game to put in the past and move on from:
"The Northwestern game was on of those crazy games that we have all been a part of where there are so many plays. We played hard. Anybody who says we became soft, conservative, or don't know how to play with the lead is wrong. That isn't true at all. We played hard the entire game.
"The biggest thing when you look at losing a lead is that football is a long afternoon. We played for three hours and fifteen minutes and we got our 28 points too quickly. It isn't very often we have such a big lead, but when they had the two big drives in the second quarter to make the score 28-17, that changed the game. No one who goes to a game and sees the score 28-17 thinks the game is over. That is where you have to put the game in perspective.
"We are absolutely disappointed. There are so many plays from half way through the second quarter and on in which we didn't execute as well as Northwestern did. Northwestern is a good football team, though. I don't follow the lines all of the time, but I read the USA Today and when we got on the bus, I think we were five and a half point underdogs. We played a good football team, and were beat the last play of the game basically. When you compare the feeling to a game like Virginia, it isn't even close.
"We didn't play as well as we could have Saturday, but in terms of effort, we gave great effort. We prepared well and the kids were excited to play, but we didn't make enough plays. Like I said before, it is the difference of fourth-and-three both ways. It wasn't second-and-two, it was getting knocked back to third-and-five.
"If you are looking at key plays during the game, it was probably the touchdown pass they threw at the end of the second quarter. If you want to talk about leads, 28-10 is a lot different than 28-17 at half. That is what Northwestern does well. They convert and (Mike) Kafka is a tough guy to play against because he is a very accurate thrower and has great escape capability. Kafka is different than other guys we have played against because he knows when to stand in the pocket and when it is time to go."
On how his players have reacted after the Northwestern game:
On player reactions to a loss he (Coach Lynch) does not like to see:
On Adrian Burks being listed as the #1 at one cornerback slot:
On Darius Willis not being on the injury list this week:
On whether the punt block was attributed to Chris Hagerup taking too long:
On the benefit of having a team with many players experiencing previous success at Iowa going into Saturday's matchup:
On Iowa leading the Big Ten in takeaways:
"Iowa's ends harass the quarterback and sometimes that is more important than a sack itself because a sack may be a seven-yard loss, but harassing may lead to an interception or bad throw. Iowa is a big zone-defense team with great athletes. I think if you really look at their defense, I always feel like you have a better chance of getting interceptions playing zone than playing man-to-man. In zone, your eyes are on the quarterback and you can see the ball come out. In man-to-man, your eyes are focused on the receiver. Iowa takes advantage of their opportunities to make the interceptions. Many teams do not take advantage."
On Mitch Ewald's redshirt status:
On the injury status' of Will Patterson and Donnell Jones:
On what the points of emphasis will be this week:
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