Postgame Transcript From Ohio State vs. California
Sept. 15, 2012
An Interview With Coach Meyer
THE MODERATOR: Coach will open up with some opening comments, please.
COACH MEYER: Thank you all for being here. The best thing about 3 0 is a chance to go 4 0. And that's about it. We've enjoyed a win against a very quality opponent, Cal, very good athletes, well coached.
And our guys found a way. I have been in games before where I thought we were going to lose, where I just kept waiting I thought someone would make a play, I really did.
And to see Devin Smith, having an athletic quarterback to get you out of trouble sometimes, sometimes gets you in trouble. But what is going to happen is we're going to have to be throw the ball, become efficient throwing. We've gotten better. You can take a look at the evolution in the past, what's it been 12 months, or 24 months, whatever it's been.
But since Braxton became our quarterback, he's much better. But we've got a long way to go. It's kind of turning into that kind of a world for us right now that there's a lot of players, people, numbers, committed to stopping the run.
And the good thing is we are developing some receivers. Devin Smith had a hell of a day, made a couple of great plays. Philly Brown is a good player. Evan Spencer is coming along. Jake had a decent day.
We're starting to develop a little bit of depth. And you think about where that was to where it is now. If this would have happened in April whatever the 7th, they said okay, they would be able to stop the run, I'd say I don't know; we'd have to figure out a way to score. And I think we just have to do a good job of finding a way to throw the ball a little bit better.
On defense, bad tackling. That's all I know, is bad tackling. We've gotta get that figured out. It's time to play Ohio State defense and that wasn't Ohio State defense at all.
We've got to get that thing worked out. I know it won't be from a shortage of effort. We are going to get it worked out and go. John Simon played hurt today. Gave a little emotional speech in there.
He had a sore shoulder. They kept telling me all week, it should be fine, it should be fine; it just didn't heal as fast as we hoped. Boy, he just lost it in the locker room as far as just sharing, opening up his soul for this team.
And I've done this a long time, man, and he's as good you mark that down there, can you put a jersey up there or something that says John Simon, because that's a grown ass man excuse my language that's a guy.
If we have another child I want to name him, what is it, Urban John Simon Meyer or something like that. (Laughter) can't wait for that headline. But that's how much I love that guy. I'm not ashamed to say I love him. Love that guy. Man.
Makes all of us look in the mirror and say: Are we doing enough for our team. That guy, what he just did in there, not to give you too much of what went on in there, but am I doing enough. When I say I, as our coaching staff, are we doing enough? Are we doing as much as he's doing? No. We've gotta do more. Gotta do more. Gotta get you fired up.
And that's what this great game teaches you. With that said, great respect for the team we just played and the coach I know, best thing about 3 0 is, what, a chance to go 4 0 and get better. Questions?
Q. More excited about the rally, more concerned about defensively you get six back?
Q. You always say yes, yes, yes, but you gave up 512 yards.
We had some personal fouls, 15 yard penalties. Better get that cleaned up or we're going to lose a game. Once again, I don't have a magic answer for you. Are we going to do ten pushups after we commit a penalty, I don't know. We'll get better, though. I promise you we're going to get better. How long will it take, there's a lot of moving parts to get better.
Q. Were you concerned about Cal's pace and the way they looked like they had the jump on you the second half?
We came out of the blocks with some big hits. And that's going to be it's going to be maybe a hit show for a while until we force people to defend us.
And I'm getting more comfortable with it. And I think that's going to be part of it. I'm talking about the passing game.
Q. Offensively you guys had it humming, three straight scoring drives and then there's the long lull, you mentioned the three and out, three and out, what did you do to get it right, because when you needed scoring drives in the end you got them?
Take away our perimeter run game, they fire that corner from the field and we got inside them and those were those runs, Jordan had a couple of plays and Braxton had a couple of nice passes.
And just executed the right time. If you think about the long yardage plays because it's just bad penalties, man. Second and 25 is hard to recover from. Third down and you know, on my headset, I'm looking at second down 25, I don't have on my sheet the second down and 25 call.
We have obviously have to fix it. The ways to fix it are you demand and coach it better or you eliminate, you make changes in personnel. If the people who commit violations or penalties are still going, then you either fix it, there's not many choices.
Like I said, it's not five pushups. It's either you fix that or you're out. We've gotta get someone else in there. But now we have to find out who the next guy in is.
Q. Urban, on the winning touchdown pass, did you all see that there, that their safety might be a little anxious if it comes wide or was that just pure Braxton Miller?
Q. What were your conversations like with Braxton during the game, especially the second or third quarter when they, nobody seemed to know what they were throwing up front at him. It looked like.
And I was just trying to save keep him calm, cool, keep going. I love coaching Braxton. There's not a whole lot of panic with him. The one we've gotta take care of the ball. Forcing a play on that interception. That's not like him. We can't do that. He's fine. Just maturation as a quarterback. And it's happening right in front of Ohio State's eyes.
Q. You talked all week about wanting your defense to get more pressure on the quarterback; you guys blitzed more today. What did you think of the risk/reward of that of how that worked out?
Q. Can you tell what John Simon did, did he take blame upon himself?
When you say sore, for most human beings they're probably laid up in the Ohio State Medical Center, because that's how tough he is. And he just because he almost didn't play this game. And he goes so hard. So that's kind of what happened.
Q. The other question I had is the penalties, two weeks in a row you've had 10 or 11 penalties.
I haven't seen the personal fouls. My eyes are here and I see it. I know we had a bad one. Once again I'll have more for you after I watch it. Whatever I do that Monday is Monday the press conference? I'll let you know Monday just off the top of my head.
Q. Fourth touchdown pass, I think it was, it got so crazy. Second one to Stoneburner was very reminiscent of a Tebow play.
Q. On Jake, the subject, you talked before about tying to find ways to utilize him better. Big gain on a 40 yarder down the middle. Also a couple of scores. Could you tell us about his evolution on offense. And Devin Smith, dropped a couple but had some huge catches.
Jake is a guy he needs to get more involved, he needs to play better and we need to coach better. He's going through a development phase as well. That was a big game for him. Big play right down the middle of the field for us, too. He's got skill. We've got to continue to find ways to evaluate and take care of. He's not that big 260 pound tight end that you want and he's not quite fast enough that you like to extend. He can do a little bit of both. I think, once his legs get back underneath him, we'll be able to utilize him a little more next week.
Q. What you got out of Jordan Hall today, it's 17 carries, I think 87 yards.
Q. Did you think
Q. About Jordan Hall and Nathan Williams, they both played virtually the whole game. Is that a reflection of just how good they are or maybe you don't have the faith in the others behind them?
And to say Rod Smith and Bri'onte Dunn, I don't have faith in them, that's too harsh. Because I do. The other guys behind would be Noah Spence. One common denominator about most of those guys, they're still young and green. We have to get them ungreen here real quick because we need them.
Lack of faith is just I wouldn't say that. But obviously they're not in there. So we have more confidence in the other guys.
Q. We've talked after every game about the number of carries for Braxton. 12 carries for him today. Was that a concept of the game plan, or was partly a reflection how Cal was playing you guys and trying to take that away?
I had that happen before, someone mentioned Tim. But you've gotta throw the ball, we've really got to throw it. The good thing is when we throw it, it's pretty clear what the coverage is. It's you against you and you gotta go win.
Q. You referenced the scramble deal on Devin's touchdown. Is that something that developed over the summer that you've been harping on through training camp that they had to do that stuff on their own and build that sort of rapport to know where everybody's going to be?
That takes time to develop it. You have to have a feel and be real disciplined. Everybody wants to stand there and have open, open, no. If you're in a certain area of the field, you take off. That's what Devin did.
Q. We talked to Coach Knight last night. He was talking about how he's not very positive or he wasn't very positive with his players with a situation like this.
Q. Yes. Not to make that comparison, but I was curious how you are with your guys in the locker room after a game like this where you said you felt like maybe there was a time where you felt like you were going to lose.
The good thing is they expect to go to work now. I see it in their eyes.
Q. You referenced a bad penalty earlier. When you're watching film, what's the difference between a bad penalty and one you can live with?
Now, I might be wrong when I watch the film, it might be a penalty. The one, late hits on quarterbacks. I think Corey Linsley had one right in front of us I didn't see it on video got after him, that's just stupid, ignorant penalties.
Right tackle jerking on the 1 yard line going in, that's a stupid penalty. Going after balls and your feet get tangled up, that's football.
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