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September 16, 2013Here are the highlights from the Hawk Talk radio show with Charlie Weis and Bob Davis.
Weis on the atmosphere at Rice
I think our fans were quite supportive to tell you the truth. It felt like a big high school game down on the field. Your fans were behind you making some noise and their fans were behind them making some noise.
Weis on receivers dropping balls
That was very disappointing. It is one thing with a dropped ball when a guy gets his finger tips on it. That's one thing. Five out of six dropped balls were third down conversions or wide open touchdowns. It's one thing to get your hand on it, it's another thing when the ball bounces off your chest. Obviously no one wants to drop a ball. When you drop a ball on a wide open run down the middle and in a game like this that is a one score game to the end, any one of those plays could be a difference between winning and losing.
Weis on solution to receivers dropping balls
If there is a problem then you need to find ways to fix it. There is only two ways of fixing it. The guys who are dropping balls are working extra hard so they aren't dropping them, or you replace them and put somebody else in. Those are the only two alternatives you have.
Weis on Jimmay Mundine
He has had a slow start. He is obviously really down and takes it personal.
Fortunately for Jimmay he isn't somebody who is looking to pass the buck, maybe too much so to the point that you feel the burden of the loss being on your shoulders. After the game I made sure everyone understood everybody could've done things different. I could have done things differently. You can't just take the loss on your shoulders.
Weis on players coming in on their own time
We only have a certain amount of time we can spend with them. The NCAA rules dictate you get a 20 hour work week. You only have so much time between practice and meetings that you can spend. Those guys have time on their own to do whatever they want. I think if that were me I would be throwing and catching.
Weis on outcome of poor receiver play
It still comes down to two results. They either get better catching or you replace them. Whether you replace them with somebody else on the team in college or in the pros replace them with somebody new. They are your players and your job is to work with them to overcome those problems. See if you can't help them fix it.
Weis on wide receiver playing time
Justin and Josh played a lot in the last two games. You will see Coleman a lot this week because that's one of the things we are talking about. Lets see what he can do.
Weis on the Jake Heaps backward pass play that resulted in negative yardage
It was a double pass. He wasn't throwing a backwards pass on purpose. We were going to throw to the receiver who was going to throw another pass. To be honest with you, Brandon Bourbon was in the way to where he was suppose to be throwing so he was pushing it back there so he wouldn't hit Brandon in the helmet. He was going to throw it to Conner who was going to throw it to somebody else.
Weis on Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game struggling this season
He and I have already chatted about his body language after the last game so lets leave it at that.
I don't say something to him often and he is going to go down as the greatest of all time and I love him to death. When you are a top line quarterback composure is critical. When things aren't going well you have to keep your composure.
Weis on Riley Spencer
Riley has been buried on the depth chart because he had the knee and he has been very slow in coming back. In the last couple of weeks he has been getting better and better and now we have a position where we can put him on the field. The thing about him is he is a big strong presence and one of the things we were lacking as the game went on was I thought we weren't as physical at the line of scrimmage. That's something you never want to see happen. I think you will see more of him this week.
Weis on evaluating the offensive line
I was disappointed with our play at right tackle. I was disappointed with our play at center. I wasn't real fired up about our play at guard. The only guy who I thought was solid was Aslam over at left tackle. Across the board I wasn't very pleased with any of them to tell you the truth.
Weis on Tim Grunhard
He's doing a nice job with them. When things go well with the line it is the whole group. When things go bad, it is the whole group. The line is looked at a five man group, not just one man. If one guy breaks down on the line, the whole line will think they had a bad day.
Weis on comparing Ben Heeney to a NFL player
He is a Zach Thomas type of player. Zach played for the Dolphins for a bunch of years and went to a bunch of Pro Bowls. Ben is instinctive and runs sideline to sideline. The best part is he has become more of a leader. Last year he was just playing but now he has become more of a leader.
Weis on some of the positives to take away from this game
After this game, you have to be happy with the specialists, especially Pardula. Lets talk about the coverage in the secondary. How many times last year did you see us struggle in coverage. Both corners had three pass breakups. The safeties their strength was in coverage too. Another game where we got three sacks. You are getting a lot more pressure. Those linebackers seem like they are all over the place. I think there are a lot of positives on that end.