Oct. 14, 2009
Brian Kelly Press Conference Quotes 10/13/2009
Good Afternoon. We were off last week obviously, so we don’t have much to talk about other than our preparation for South Florida.
I think everyone here knows about the two ranked opponents. Just to give you a little more in site into South Florida. BJ Daniels obviously taking over for an injured Matt Grothe, he has done an extraordinary job in just a short period of time. I think their coaches on the offensive side of the ball have done a very good job at adapting his skills to the offense, instead of just saying ‘hey you got to go run what we run’. With Matt, I think they have done a very nice job there. You know the wide receiving core obviously, they could be at it this week with some returning players that were banged up. They’ve got a very good job at getting the ball out, on the perimeter, making the big plays and have physical backs. Four in particular, is a guy that causes you concern, because he is a big physical back. They are very good at what they do, especially with B.J Daniels at the quarterback position.
Defensively, pretty much what you thought about South Florida. Athletic, outstanding pass rushers but their very solid inside as well. Their front four is as good as your going to see in a top 25 opponent. They can match up with any SEC team or Big Ten teams. Pierre-Paul and Selvie now give you tandem on the edge that makes it more difficult. Somebody has got to play one-on-one football, and I mean somebody, one of those tackles, you can’t help both of them. So there will be times when we will have to give them assistants. I think the strength of their defense, the back end is played very, very well; taking the ball away and extremely opportunistic.
Very good football team, special teams are solid. Again, a top 25 team playing at home and we will have to play very well against South Florida to win.
On how Curtis Young is doing:
Better, I don’t expect him to play too many plays on defense. But I don’t expect him to play every snap, but he will start at the CAT position for us. I think he gives us the best chance to win when he is in the lineup. Again, I don’t see him playing every snap.
On Getting Mardy Gilyard More Involved In The Offense:
Well, he still leads our team in receptions, he still gets the most touches. I think in further clarifying what I said, we have to find different ways to get him the football. More specifically, if you line him up at the outside receiver to the field, you can role coverage and double team him. But if you put him in different positions, maybe you can put him in the backfield. Maybe we could do some things, that’s what we really looked at. Obviously, there will be times that we want you to double. So, we want to put him in a position where we are also using him so if you double him, other things will open up for us. We are very confident in other players. So this isn’t always about the offensive having to run through Mardy but it does require us to be creative and make sure he gets the touches.
On The Play Of The Offensive Line
Yeah, I mean, I don’t think you ever go into a game expecting that, we have only ever given up 3 sacks the entire year. That’s pretty good for an offense that throws it as much as we do. You don’t go into a game going ‘hey, we’re going to shut them out again’. We have to have an answer, if we are getting too much pressure from our ends. We move the pocket, we stream; we do so many things that we hope it slows down the pass rush. We play tempo football and these two guys, you have got to have answers for and we do.
On Playing A League Game Against A Top Opponent:
It’s not about what is at stake for me, it’s about being back in the BIG EAST Conference. You know, we have been non league since Rutgers. Believe me, we have prepared for every game, but it’s a conference game and it takes on a different approach in a since that everybody knows your back in BIG EAST play. You know what’s at stake, you know all of those things. It’s got our guys charged up and our staff, you know we’re back in the BIG EAST and our goal at the start of season was to win a BIG EAST championship and this is an important game for us.
On If He Will Run Pregame Gassers Like USF Coach Jim Leavitt Did:
Look here’s how this goes, I look the way I do because gassers is not something I am very fond of. Jim Leavitt seems to think that is a good way for him to stay fit and maintain that young man physique he has. I’m not interested in that stuff, I’m always looking at what kind of sandwiches we have in the locker room prior to the game and they are not usually that good.
On BJ Daniels athletic ability:
He’s a guy that is more like Tyrod Taylor. He is athletic and he can hurt you throwing the ball if you fall asleep on him. My analogy with Pryor and Daniels is that if you fall asleep on Daniels and think that he is just going to zone read, run the ball, he is going to take off and you’re in trouble because he is going to throw the ball down the field on you.
On Defending The Pass vs. The Run Against USF:
Well, here’s the question, when you have an athletic running quarterback, do you stop the run? If you stop the run then you are one-on-one on the outside. If you play just pass, then you give them the opportunity to run the football. It’s a great balance when you have a quarterback that can do both. We have to pick our spots, you really do, we have to be able to stop the run and sometimes we may have to double up on some of their receivers. When you play a quarterback of this ability, that’s kind of the difficulty, is that you have to be able to pick your spots.
On USF Defensive Coordinator Joe Tresey pulling out all of the stops:
Let me tell you, I know Joe and he is a great guy. Joe is going to do his job. Joe is probably the most organized and detailed coach relative to planning everything out. He will have a plan for everything. If we come out with three backs in the backfield, he will have a check for it. So, I can tell you one thing, Joe will be prepared for everything. But he won’t do anything he is not comfortable doing and that’s why he has been a good defensive coordinator for as long as he has been in the business; because you won’t trick him and he won’t go outside his comfort zone and that usually works pretty good.
How Do You Improve On UC's Time Of Possession Offensively:
Yeah, you know we have been talking about this and the talk has been, how do you get more snaps for the offense, when your defense is on the field? The accountability needs to be on the offense, maybe the offense needs to keep the defense off the field and lessen those snaps. I think in my ability to stand back and look at it a little bit more this past week, is that we want to score quickly. Believe me, if every scoring drive was two minutes or less, that is fine with me. But we also have to be cognizant of the fact of playing 86, 87 plays on defense is probably not the best thing. So I think it happens on both ends. Let’s be a little more efficient on third down on defense and let’s do a little better job of possessing the football on the offensive side of the ball. It means posses the football, if it does mean run the ball, I’m all for it. We can’t have any three and outs, we have to sustain the drives. Three and outs is not the formula for me, if we are not getting off the field on third down at an high enough efficiency and were not. Right now we are at 49 percent opponent third and down conversions. That’s too high, we should be in the mid-30s to low 30s. From an offensive standpoint, we don’t have enough plays, we are not getting enough snaps. It a conversion of both, control the ball a little bit more, whatever that form ends up being, throwing it or running it, that what we have to do.
On His Trip To ESPN:
Well, it was obviously a great day for us to promote our football program and that’s really what that was about. The opportunity to get there and really put our brand out there Cincinnati Football. So, it’s another opportunity to sell Cincinnati football. But I’ll tell you what I was most impressed with, is that our brand and what we are doing has reached that national level because most of the people I was in contact with in Bristol, really knows what is going on here at the University of Cincinnati. So that was obviously gratifying. So again, it’s another public relations opportunity that we are able to take advantage of because we are winning. You only get that when you are winning, so it becomes a good story and a cute story, but you have to keep winning.
On anything in particular standing out:
It is a business, it is big business. It was an eye opening experience or at least it was for me. Not that the people were any less genuine, because they seemed to be great people in a very short time. One guy in particular Eric Kusilias was terrific, he allowed my son to be part of a segment on College Football Live, which is kind of unheard of. He brought the human element to it.