Urban Meyer Press Conference Transcript
Nov. 12, 2012
VIDEO: Coach Meyer
An Interview With Coach Meyer
COACH MEYER: Okay. I'll answer any questions for you guys.
Q. When you look at Wisconsin on video, what just jumps out at you first?
Q. Does he look clear now? Does he look like he's going to play now? Sabino?
Q. Coach, I want to ask, in terms of stopping the run, your team's done an adequate job, Michigan State, Nebraska, some of the other teams you've held to under 100 yards. You see a team that puts up (indiscernible) that's going to be a tremendous challenge for you guys. And the other question, if Sabino's going to play, how do you envision those three linebackers lining up?
Still not near the depth we need. I think there's ways to stop the run. What they do a nice job is just these multitude of shifts, formations, and motions that are hard to get gap control or gap security, and then that's what the good thing is we've had a bye week. A lot of time's been spent on that.
And then if they're good enough at throwing the ball, they didn't throw it much last week, didn't have to. The No. 4, I believe his name is, he's a heck of a player for them.
Q. How much do you think now that you've been through it, how much do you think that off week did help you in terms of getting healthy in preparation?
Q. Do you sense that there's rejuvenation at all?
COACH MEYER: Oh, yeah. I just feel that we've got to be smart as coaches to keep that rejuvenation up. Excellent day today. I don't want to say surprise, but sometimes you have to beat it out of them on the first day back. Not at all.
Q. Along the same lines what Bill was talking about, a lot of coaches are always hesitant coming off the bye week because they see their teams kind of lose their edge or lose the momentum. Did you do anything at all to kind of, I don't know, maintain that?
So that's our over the past 11 years as a head coach, that's a big concern. So there's a couple you go into it gradually, or you just put the ball down and go as hard as we can, and that's what we did. Usually that works.
Q. Do they have difficulty picking back up where they were?
Q. Where you seem to really get consistency from Linsley snapping, a few issues. Has that
Q. Did you anticipate that that could be the case for somebody that was just trying to learn it?
Once again, I don't want to spend too much time talking about it, but he's a pro. He's a guy I love him. I'm glad he's our center, and he's a serious guy, takes his job very serious.
Q. Have you had other centers in the past that you've moved over that haven't had much experience snapping before?
Q. Earlier in the year, you had said, when people asked you about no bowl game, that being addressed later in the season, is that later now, and how has the conversation changed?
They've developed. There's some gifted competitors already in the group, Simons of the world, and there's some maybe average competitors that have become competitors.
So, no, we've had zero discussion about it. We're doing the best we can to play a very good team on the road.
Q. You like Boren as a fullback because you're giving him more carries. How does he rank as a linebacker playing against a smashmouth team like Wisconsin?
One of the most undervalued characteristics of a football team is leadership, and that's what No. 44 gives you. Like I told you, he was I really admire him. Not a very good leader whatsoever throughout spring, throughout the winter, has developed into one of my all time favorites in my coaching career as far as a selfless leader that does it all for us.
Q. You've made an effort to keep your players from getting too rah rah on Fridays. Is it ever a concern before then that they might emotionally spend themselves too much on like a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday?
Q. How do you keep from getting you're the identify that has to center the team. How do you stay centered?
Q. Two games left, only four teams left. I know you're concentrating on the games and all that. But you don't have very many opportunities to go undefeated. Do you ever fight the urge of thinking what you're losing by not getting the chance to play a bowl game?
I tried years ago not to control what we can't control. We've got to have a really good Tuesday practice. We can control that. We can't control anything else.
Q. Wanted to follow up on a couple of earlier questions. I think you mentioned you do discuss the polls with the team. Just as an incentive this deep in the season, even though the list may be very long, have you mentioned the fact of an AP national title with them just to throw it out there?
Our guys know where they're at. We're good. I really like coaching this team right now, and that's not worrying about the nonsense. We haven't really discussed it.
Q. I was wondering what your message was to those two teams when you finished up last week, kind of what you wanted them to be prepared for coming into this week?
They came back bright eyed. That's the number one thing you worry about, when they go home. It's great, especially for local guys, to go home to their families. We really encourage that, go to their high school game and all that fun stuff.
Q. Urban, obviously, when you got here, you had a good sense of the Michigan rivalry with Ohio State. What's your sense of the rivalry with Wisconsin?
But this is a rivalry game, and it's a rivalry game because you have to understand who you're playing and what they've done the last few years. So they're a good very good team.
Q. I know the focus this week with Wisconsin offense is on the run game, but what you have at corner this year with Travis Howard and Bradley Roby, whether it's this week or just in general, the way those two guys have played, how good have they been, and what has it done overall for the defense to have two guys like that?
Him and his coach have worked themselves into what I consider a very good player. That's one of the most improved position groups on our team, no question about it.
Q. Coach, similar to Doug's question, do you see this as bad blood? It's a pretty rich recent history here. And is bad blood healthy?
And they're smarter than the coaches. They know what's coming. I always worry about the ones they don't have respect for, and that's when we got to rah rah and cheer them on and scream and yell and throw things and all that.
Other than teaching technique, we didn't have to teach them to go hard today, and that's an indication of the respect they have for the team they're playing.
Q. How about you personally? Are you all on the same page now?
Q. I think you hinted at it a second ago, but this is a team with a highly rated defense, total defense, scoring defense. Is that defensive line really the strength? What else do you see?
One thing about this conference, you can take shots all you want, but there's some very good defense ins this conference, very good front seven. And probably better than I thought. Because everyone is Big Ten, Big Ten, Big Ten. Wait a minute, Big Ten has a very good front seven, some of these teams.
Q. Wisconsin already is, because of circumstances, they're going to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten title game. Is that anything to you guys knowing you can't go there to play the team, saying we should be there kind of thing?
Q. Have you ever been to (indiscernible)?
Q. Your impressions and memories of it?
Q. You had a chance to see Montee Ball last year as an analyst and now studying him as a coach. What do you see that makes him so effective as a running back? What have you seen in his progress from last year to the way he is this year?
His strengths are great vision, and he's really a fast player. He pulls away from angles, and his toughness. You can give him the ball a bunch of times, and he just keeps getting stronger. He'll be a very good NFL back.
Q. Urban, is it to the point now where you feel like you've got guys that can deliver big plays? I'm talking Corey Brown gave you that little girl whatever stop, he caught the ball and ran the play. How big is it going into the last two games to have guys step up and do the extraordinary?
After spring practice, I knew 5 could probably do it although we didn't let him run much in the spring. I felt on our team, which is amazing, No. 7 was the guy that could make men miss and accelerate through a tackle and those kinds of things.
Now I still would grade us not very good. I mean, Ohio State, we should be better than we are. But his development, Philly, but we should have four guys like that. We should have four players that can take a curl, make a guy miss and accelerate away from people. We don't have that right now.
Q. Are you constantly challenging them about that? Talk about that. Corey said he walked by you after he made that play the other day, and you didn't even really acknowledge him.
I think it's a mindset we're trying to develop here that it's not great, nice job, Philly, move on to the next play, as opposed to oh, my gosh, what a play. It wasn't that good, it's just you're supposed to do it.
Q. Quick update. You named some guys on your radio show the other day. Linsley is kind of banged up, Stoneburner.
Bri'onte Dunn, did we announce him? Bri'onte is out. He hurt his knee. Nonsurgical sprain. So we're hoping to get him back for the finale, but that will be questionable. And he was doing good in practice.
Q. In 2010, they ran back a kickoff, and it snowballed after that 21 3. Given the special teams this year, how much pressure are you putting on that?
Thanks, guys. Have a great day.