Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: KU better than numbers suggest

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder meets the press in this 2009 file photo.

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder meets the press in this 2009 file photo.


Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder isn’t interested in hearing about how bad the Kansas University defense is or how poorly the Jayhawks have played through the first six games of the season.

He’s not buying it.

“I think they’re a far better defensive football team than anyone would care to give them credit for,” said Snyder, whose 12th-ranked and undefeated Wildcats will take on KU at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. “You sit down and watch them play, and you see that.”

Snyder, whose team improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12 with a 41-34 victory at Texas Tech last week, said the lopsided statistics that place the KU defense dead last in the country can be a little misleading.

“A lot of people would suggest that they have had some trouble defensively,” Snyder said of the Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3). “And the numbers would tend to reflect that. But you go back and look at who they’ve played against, four of the teams on their schedule are in the top 10 nationally as far as total offense.”

Oklahoma State (second, 551 yards per game and 38 touchdowns), Oklahoma (fourth, 547, 33), Texas Tech (sixth, 534, 34) and Georgia Tech (ninth, 517, 41) are those four teams, with Northern Illinois, which KU beat, not far behind in 17th.

“It’s not unique for them to have yardage on them when you consider those teams,” Snyder said.

While the offensive strength of KU’s opponents serves as a good excuse for its defensive struggles thus far, that reason won’t work this week against Kansas State. The Wildcats, though unbeaten, rank 94th in total offense and average just 336 yards per game. KSU ranks 114th (of 120) in passing offense and 25th in rushing offense.

Although those numbers indicate the KU defense may be in for a better performance, Snyder was quick to point out that his team has won its last three games despite being outgained on offense.

“I’m not sure that statistics win ballgames for you,” Snyder said. “I don’t think many coaches really believe in that.”

The Kansas offense, which ranks 41st nationally, gains on average 89 yards per game more than the Wildcats. Snyder said the Jayhawks could create problems for the Wildcats’ defense, which ranks 37th nationally.

“Offensively, they’re a very balanced football team,” Snyder said. “That makes them even harder to defend.”

Although KU has scored seven more touchdowns (26) than Kansas State during the first six weeks of the season, the Jayhawks have managed just six TDs in the past two weeks. Still, Snyder said his club would take the Jayhawks seriously this week. And not just because it’s a rivalry game.

“If you watched them play Oklahoma, you’d see that this is a continually improving football team,” Snyder said.

Tim Biere on watch list

Senior tight end Tim Biere has been named to the John Mackey Award’s midseason watch list, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced Monday.

Biere, who leads the Jayhawks with 21 receptions, has recorded a career-best 246 yards and one touchdown in six games.

The Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end, will be presented on Dec. 8. The list of 25 midseason finalists will be narrowed to semifinalists on Nov. 14 and again to finalists Nov. 21.


jayhawkintx1973 2 years, 6 months ago

Coach Speak or not, if TG truly has our kids ready with a solid game plan, and learn that you can't be predictable in this league, that you have to mix things up a bit(not complicate it), just open the play book past page 2 and use all of it on the offense, and let the players on Defense be aggressive, they can win, especially against this kind of offensive attack. If Kansas doesn't use the Bubble Screen 20 times a game.

KU had some advantages if they would show a play, and then audible based on the what the defense shows, they could be dangerous. Albeit, that will lead to mistakes for the younger players, but you have to let them make the mistakes to get better.


huskerzfan4life 2 years, 6 months ago

Only reason KSU is undefeated this far into the season is because the Huskers are not here to kick their kitty Cat as sses


hawkster007 2 years, 6 months ago

I predict 2 things this weekend: 1) Gill will let players wear names on their uniforms for this one game; and 2) KU will beat K-State.

Gill is a mastermind, he has a secret contract with Ron Prince who has been providing him scouting reports and analysis about K-State for this game. Gill has purposely not coached so far this season so KU could get pounded in every game, only to get K-State over-confident, because he knows that KU fans have very low expectations and all he needs to do is win this one game and 90% of KU fans will be happy and ready to re-new his contract at an amount equal to Bill Self. Gill will win it in the last minute with a triple-reverse flea flicker pass. Lew Perkins will be re-hired because all will realize his genius in hiring Gill.

Oh sorry, I dozed off and had some crazy dream, never mind!!!


jhwkfan162515 2 years, 6 months ago

This is just coach-speak from Snyder. He doesn't want to give our, um, players who are on the field when the opposing team has the ball any bulletin board material. Sure, we played with more heart against OU than we did against GT and OSU, but heart can only get you so far. KSU is gonna clean our clocks again on our home field. Turner Gill has done nothing to convince me that we can beat any of our conference opponents. FIRE TURNER GILL!!!!!


yates33333 2 years, 6 months ago

I think Snyder is somehow setting up KU for the kill with his comments. Snyder is without doubt the hardest working coach in America. I have heard several coaches at other schools say this. Apparently he spends most of his time with watching game videos and reworking game plans. I know it has cost him some personal relationships. He is a first rate football coach and leader. Better than his mentor Hayden Fry, and Fry was a football genius.


Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 6 months ago

Bill Snyder is getting his team ready. This is what good coaches do. Public respect...and then in practice and in meetings he talks about all the things that get you going....."you want to get off the bus back in Manhattan after you lose on Saturday? what will those proud Catbackers think of you?"

there's a reason why he's 15-4 against us (we should have at least four more wins against him.....Mason screwed us three times in the 90s...terrible play calls and 4th qtr decisions and personnel decisions...and we should have won easily two years ago in Manhattan...but we went conservative when they were very vulnerable vs. the pass.)...he knows how to motivate.

think about it. when they've been good...and i mean league title contender good...they smoke us. every time. even when they weren't that good....2005 e.g., they still beat us. the only game, that we've won with the two schools even close to each other in record, was 2004. and we had to pull it out late to win that one, Mangino's lone win against him.

this is an important game for Coach Gill. not a must win, but close. he must have a competitive game. this game cannot follow the old 'em close within a score or two at half...and then get hammered in the 2nd half. i think a lead in the 2nd half is in order.


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 6 months ago

The only reason we are better than our numbers suggest is because we can't be any worse!


danmoore 2 years, 6 months ago

I respect Sndyer. Don’t think he has received enough credit for turning the Wildcats program around which was far worse than what Gill inherited. But he is just being diplomatic. He believes and he has his players believing there is no way they will lose Saturday.


Mangino_Maniac 2 years, 6 months ago

It's gonna be fun after Snyder retires down the line and KSU hires Mangino as his replacement...


741hawk 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm pretty sure Coach Snyder is diplomatically saying that KU is not well coached.

I can assure you this: KSU will show that they ARE better coached. Specifically, they will manage the clock better and win the second half (if necessary) by making better adjustments.

I will predict that KSU will beat KU by a wider margin than OU did. (Don't be surprised. KSU beat us last year by more than OU did this year.)

And, I won't be surprised if Snyder tries a pooch kick-off (just to see if we're prepared, which we won't be). He did it twice in the same game against Terry Allen, and came away with a fumble recovery TWICE.


bigtex 2 years, 6 months ago

Bill Snyder will never put himself at a disadvantage. When he talks about other coaches he is always professional and complementary in the public. When in coaches meetings he will pick apart the other coaches weakness and exploit it. In recruiting he will never tell the press how good of class he has until proven, even when they are proven he plays it down. He made a tremendous transition with Prince's players and his recriuts never dividing the team .He always unified them as a team by not saying I have to get my players. KSU players are less talented and are 6-0 .The word(Team) thats what gives you 6-0 and when I say team thats coaches and players. Snyder biggest assets are preparation, game day play calling and half time adjustments . If Snyders players can keep it close in the first half, Snyder will lead them in 3rd and 4th quarters with his adjustments and usually get a win. That being said I hope KU kicks KSU a$$ and starts a trend to more wins this season. This game could be KU's spring board to a better season !!!


middleoftheroader 2 years, 6 months ago

All I know is The KSUck-KU rivalry just got twice as big...forever.


Keith Hummel 2 years, 6 months ago

I think Coach Snyder is being very gracious, but this is little more than standard coach-speak. As much as I dislike KSU, I find it very hard to dislike Coach Snyder. Reminds me of the days when Jack Hartman was the KSU B-Ball coach, and I was so conflicted between my respect for him and my disrespect for K-State in general. Our players better bring their A game on Saturday, because it's highly unlikely our coach is going to out-coach their coach, and I say that as a Gill fan.


NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

“I think they’re a far better defensive football team than anyone would care to give them credit for,” said Snyder, whose 12th-ranked and undefeated Wildcats will take on KU at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. “You sit down and watch them play, and you see that.”

As much as I admire Coach Snyder....can't agree with his statement. He must have had old video of Coach Miller's defense.


gchawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Coach Snyder is quite a humble individual, which begs the question: How in the world did KSU ever get him? The way he took a program which resembles our current one, only worse, and turned it around the way he did is the thing that movies are made of. Let's kick some purple tail on Saturday, you can do it.


Jeff Soisson 2 years, 6 months ago

Hey, I love KU but you have to admire the way this KSU team of average guys can compete every year, it's called coaching. No way they should be undefeated and they are. They are like a Boa that squeezes opponents, they don't do anything fancy, just wear down teams. So someday I wish we had a team that could play 4 quarters and a coaching staff that could do something at halftime to surprise the other team. One first down last week for what you are being paid? I just want to see KU to play 4 full quarters. Win or lose ok, but fight 4 quarters. Another KU loss unfortunately.


gardenjay 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh, and don't forget your KSU traditions, would love to see that in Memorial Stadium:


gardenjay 2 years, 6 months ago

Snyder is someone all Kansans can be proud of. A straight-talker, KU fans who vilify their own team could learn a lot from him.

That said, with all due respect sir, I'm taking my Jayhawks to win this one:

KU 38 KSU 35


John Randall 2 years, 6 months ago

We can always hope that Will Rogers had it right —

There's Liars, There's Damned Liars, and then There's Statisticians.


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