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Cliff's Notes version: Mark Mangino press conference, 10/20/09

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Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino's comments at his press conference today.

Full audio is posted here.

• Players of the game, voted on by the coaching staff: Offense: Todd Reesing; Defense: Darrell Stuckey; Special teams: Kayl Anderson; Defensive scout team: Randall Dent; Offensive scout team: Nick Plato.

• Mangino felt like Reesing played really well and got some help from his receivers. KU did not run the ball as well as it would have liked. Good games defensively by Stuckey and Drew Dudley. The coach thought the defensive personnel switches gave his team a boost.

• Oklahoma has one of the nation's best defensive units. The Sooners play an aggressive style on defense. The front four are quick and talented.

• It's difficult for a player to learn a position in a week, but sometimes it's a necessity and a team has to do it. If you have kids that are mentally tough, they can do it. For John Williams, it's been a sudden change, but it hasn't been a sudden change for Bradley McDougald. McDougald has worked some on defense in practice for the past few weeks. The coaches don't simplify defenses for new players in a position, but instead put the players in spots that they think they can handle.

• The philosophy of Kansas over time has been to put the most talented players on defense. But guys like Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier aren't built to play defense, and it would be foolish to move them there. Some kids have the skills sets for both. KU has tried to put the most athletic and physical guys on defense.

• KU recruited John Williams to be a defensive tackle. After an injury his first year, though, the coaches felt that playing offensive line would take some pressure off the injury he had. The whole time, Mangino still watched Williams and thought he would make a great defensive linemen. Mangino finally pulled the trigger last week, and he thinks Williams will help KU at that position.

• KU has to be better blocking movement on the offensive line to run the ball better. The Jayhawks didn't block moving defenders well against Colorado.

• Mangino thought Jake Sharp was fine. He was a little sore and did OK. The coach isn't worried about him.

• Mangino said he was over the loss against CU at about 2 p.m. Sunday. History is history. Mangino said he doesn't let himself worry about things in the past he can't control.

• Mangino said the team had a good practice on Sunday. The coach said that people would be surprised with the players' resiliency. You have to be able to put losses behind you in this business. If you're a coach that can't get over losses, then everyone around you will be the same way.

• Dezmon Briscoe has shown more consistency since last year's OU game. It's amazing what Briscoe has been able to do with the amount of coverage he's been getting. The coach is pleased with the way he's going about his business.

• Mangino admits his team has been getting off to slow starts offensively, but he also says the amazing thing is that once the offense gets going, it really gets going. A lot of times, defenses do things out of character early in the game to confuse KU's offense.

• Mangino said his years in Oklahoma were important for him and also a lot of fun. The people of Oklahoma welcomed the coaches with open arms. The first year, the coaches took the team to the lower-tier Independence Bowl, and the fans still thanked the coaches. Mangino said he was comfortable there. The people there reminded him of those he grew up with in western Pennsylvania.

Comments

LAJayhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Yes, thank you Jesse. I love the "cliff's notes" version as I'm not always able to listen to the audio.

A couple of things:

"It's amazing what Briscoe has been able to do with the amount of coverage he's been getting. The coach is pleased with the way he's going about his business."

--Briscoe has been absolutely remarkable. He was brilliant against CU. The way he's able to "climb the latter" is really at an NFL level. Almost impossible to guard.

"Mangino admits his team has been getting off to slow starts offensively, but he also says the amazing thing is that once the offense gets going, it really gets going. A lot of times, defenses do things out of character early in the game to confuse KU's offense."

--I certainly don't want to question our coach, and I appreciate his honesty here. I would, however, like to see us do a few things early in the game offensively to confuse opposing defenses. My statement is obviously arm-chair QB-ing -- and I'm offering no plausable alternatives -- but it would be nice to flip the switch with this pattern. Have the defense second guessing itself which would really open up the entire game. If we could come out strong against OU (perhaps do some uncharacteristic things), we stand a very good chance, especially at home.

Rock Chalk.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 1 month ago

Why not run a trick play or two to open the game and take an early lead instead of letting bad teams stay close or get ahead? Our first quarter offensive pattern for most of the year: Option right, loss of three. WR screen, gain of 1. Pass for 3 yards on 3rd and 12. Bad punt. Why not stretch the field early and take control of the game, then try to slow the game down with the run. I understand we are trying to establish the run to open up the pass, but our passing game is so much stronger than our run that we just waste possessions running stupid plays.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

jayhawkboogeyman,

Exactly what I was thinking. And I don't even think a trick play is necessary. Even just opening the game with a Briscoe post pattern allowing him to go up and get it, I think we could open the field much more.

Then again, I'm certainly no FBS level offensive coordinator or head coach.

jayhawk1996 10 years, 1 month ago

The people of Oklahoma still love Mangino. A couple of OU fans came up to us after last year's game in Norman and had great things to say about him and the Jayhawks. I hope they're not as happy after this year's game.

psychoanalyst 10 years, 1 month ago

Heck, even opening up in a different set/personnel/formation (2RBs) than we've shown before. It just feels like too often (on both side of the ball) the other team (whether of higher caliber or not) is dictating to us. Why can't it be the other way and we be the agressor?

BigD 10 years, 1 month ago

MM is more conservative in the first quarter, especially on the road. I don't know if this is by design or what but you can't do that playing better teams because once they get on top of you it's an uphill battle the whole time. Offensive play calling is way to conservative to start games.

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