“Rocky Long-Talks Winning-Losing-Rebuilding Football Programs”.
The Aztecs host lowly San Jose State on Saturday, continuing their march to try and get inside the top 25 in the polls, and to get ready for tough road games at Nevada and Fresno State over the next 3-weeks., He talked winning-losing-injuries and rebuilding. Long’s quotes:
San Jose State record not indicative of what kind of team they have
Could have won 3-of-6 losses
Video shows they play really hard
Changing a football program from losing-you can turn a team quickly
It takes you 4-5 years to turn around a program
Install new players..attitude..system…
Some places harder than ever to turn program
Must give new coach enough time-not interfere with him
San Jose just 3-winning seasons in 25-years..
Coaching staff must evaluate players who can develop
(1-12) teams don’t get blue-chippers
There are a lot of good kids out there who will develop…
Recruits might be young..might be on a bad high school team-but can grow
Aztecs special teams very good-we recruit skill to play those positions
Special teams must be athlete-run fast-physical get off blocks-tackle someone
;Special teams are a team attitude-kids want to play
We run starters on special teams-change the flow
Special teams can win or lose games…need good kicker
Coaching standpoint-people more educated how important special teams are
Chase Jasmin-will likely play this week-no symptoms of concussion
He is still in concussion protocol
Juwan Washington still on same time frame-3 weeks out
Christian Chapman limited practice-getting better-but not moving around
Very disappointed to hear Nick Bosa leaving Ohio State to train for NFL
Not in favor of that-NCAAs allowing players change their mindset.
I’m old guy…1st round picks protecting themselves over earning power
Everybody is wired different…listen to different people around them.
Practice is challenging..switching defenses from 50-50 team-to wishbone-to spread
You cannot flip your defense in last 5-days when opponent so different
We must get back to running ball we are used too..
Blowout games-will give younger players chance to play.kids under new redshirt rule..