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April 17, 2013

Hawk Talk Recap

Kansas coach Charlie Weis and Bob Davis conducted their second spring Hawk Talk radio broadcast this week. Here were the highlights.

Weis on the Boston Marathon Bombing …

It's ridiculous, truly ridiculous. You hear about it and the magnitude of Patriot Day which is one of the biggest holidays of the year. They close everything down, the Red Sox play early, there is the Boston Marathon, and it is a true celebration of being an American in New England. To think about something like that happening to people watching a marathon is just beyond comprehension. My heart goes out to all those affected by that tragedy and whoever did this comes to justice and suffers for it.

I was in that area for nine years and both of my kids were born in Boston. I was with the Patriots for two tours of duty, once for four years and once for five years. A lot of fond memories in my time at New England and it is a true travesty.

I have a lot of friends there so watching Teddy Bruschi talk, he's a friend of mine. Watching Joey Andruzzi talk, he's a friend of mine. These are all guys that you knew and they have charities there and were running in a race to raise money. One of the big things that happens at the Boston Marathon is people raise money for charities. Think of that 8-year-old kid who is there to watch his dad and you get killed and your mom and sister get hurt. Imagine the guilt of the dad that your family is coming to watch you and really it is just beyond comprehension.

Weis on the death of Pat Summerall …

He was good friends with a guy named Joe Morrison who I actually worked for from 1985-1989 from when they played together. Most people know him from all years he was hooked up doing games with Madden. One of the football sports announcing icons.

Weis on being up in the box for the spring game …

It was so nice and relaxing. You stay up there and watch the band play, watch warm-ups and watch the fans come in. Watch the people on the hill decide when they are going to leave their tailgate and come on down. There are a lot of things you never get to see because everything is usually so rushed but at the end of the day you really got an unobstructed view of everything that is happening because when you sit upstairs in the press box and watch the game. You see the game so much easier because you have no distractions and a much better view.

Weis on the view coaching from the sidelines …

You have an awful view on the sidelines. After you have been doing it for a long time you can kind of see what happens but upstairs you can see what happens and not kind of see what happens. A lot of the times on the field you have to ask what happened because looking at the length and width of the field from the sidelines is pretty tough.

Weis on being an offensive coordinator on the field for the Patriots …

I didn't want to be down there, Belichick wanted me to be down there. When Drew got hurt and Tommy was going to start he had thrown three passes in his NFL career at the time. Bill felt that we had lost our leader because Drew was our leader. It was more important to have guidance on the field than the view. We went on to win the Super Bowl and he never let me go upstairs again.

Weis on the quarterbacks …

I was very pleased with both quarterbacks. Lets start with Michael for a second, he had the lesser talent although he had good running backs. He had some physical offensive linemen and a couple of our top runners but I think he handled himself very well in the passing game.


Jake on the other hand is 20 for 28 and threw the ball away a few times. He showed good touch and threw a few touchdown passes. I would say because he knew he wasn't going to get hit and there was a breakaway rusher he should have thrown the ball away. My point to him after the game is do what you would have done in a game and throw the ball away. The last thing you want to do is take a sack that is basically on the quarterback and not on the offensive line.

Jake has been chomping at the bit now for a year to get out there and play. I think that repoire that he had developed with Justin McCay showed up in the game. There were touch passes and deep passes. Lets not put him in the Hall of Fame but running with the first unit that was a pretty good start.

Weis on McCay's one handed catch …

Yeah I yelled at him for not going up with two hands. Everybody loved it but going back and watching the tape Nas Moore was holding his other hand down. I yelled at him for being a hotdog and showboating in front of the fans but watching the tape he had his right hand hooked so it was a heck of a play.

Weis on Justin McCay this spring compared to last spring …

Last year at this time to be honest with you he wasn't looking that good. He was kind of in the tank they were trying to get an appeal and get him eligible. That didn't work out so he was kind of depressed. We have come full circle with him and expecting good things with him.

Weis on Josh Ford …

Josh Ford is one of the more physical wide receivers I have been around in college football. He was our special teams player of the year last year. How many wide receivers get chosen for that. The problem has been he has been inconsistent in catching the ball. If at the wide receiver position you practice and you are dropping every other ball then you can't play. Now he has put himself back into the conversation which means he will get reps in training camp to see whether or not he will get on the field. I think those two catches will be a big confidence builder for him so he is capable. I watched all of his junior college tape and he didn't drop anything. If we can get him back to that point again we might have some help from him.

Weis on Tony Pierson's football intelligence …

He has shown a very good football IQ. The more he can handle the more we are doing with him.

Weis on Jimmay Mundine …

Jimmay is in good shape. He was always a solid receiver for us but he improved his blocking because he wants to be an every down player. What I like about Jimmay is he has very good leadership about him. Last year none of the other tight ends talked because Ragone was here. Now that Ragone isn't here Jimmay has loosened up and Jimmay has taken the position under his wing.

Weis on going to the Bon Jovi concert after the game …

I met with him before the concert because I couldn't stay awake afterwards. We walked for a while before and he humiliated me by calling me out during the concert. Most people wouldn't know that the Charlie he was calling out was me but I enjoyed it. We texted later on that evening about how fun that evening was. I told him he still has it going on which is one of his songs and I thought Saturday was just great. I thought the weekend was great. Friday night we had an alumni bbq so we had a bunch of old players and a bunch more are starting to come back because this is the second time around because it hadn't been done before and that went really well. At our kids clinic Saturday morning our players did a wonderful job. Half the kids in town must have been there so that went great. The weather has been so bad but we had a beautiful day on Saturday. I think the best decision I made was have a shortened halftime. Usually people get bored and they get out of there. The game went well and we didn't get anyone banged up. The concert was great and me and my wife spent a bunch of time house hunting around Lawrence. She flew out of here and I watched the end of the Master and the Yankee game so it was a great weekend.

Weis on how he knows Bon Jovi …

He grew up a couple miles away from me but we became really friendly when I was coaching with the Giants. He is a big Giants football fan and he is a big football fan to start out with. He will be an NFL owner and he has been offered minority parts here but he doesn't want to be a minority owner and he wants to own the majority of a team so he can make the majority of the decisions. Mark my words he will be an NFL owner. He wants to be a football guy and I want to be a Rock n Roll superstar. Trust me, I can't do that and some say I can't do this one so I am fighting a losing battle on that one.

Weis on the other rock stars he knows …

There are two musicians and one group. I know Bruce pretty well but not like Jon. Those are Jersey ties. Sometimes he will walk over at a concert and say, "Hey coach," and everybody will look over wondering who the hell are you. I have become friendly with the band Chicago and their manager is a close friend. They are still in their 60's kicking strong every year. 50 cents of every ticket they sell they donate to Hannah and Friends so Chicago is right at the top of my list that I support.

Weis on the crew he took to Bon Jovi concert …

There were a couple of people you might recognize from Lawrence. A couple of power people from Lawrence and from Kansas City too. It was an interesting box where I was probably the eighth most known person in the place. I was down in the pecking order there.

Weis on Cassius Sendish …

He had tweaked his hammy on Tuesday. He went out there and went through warm-ups and everything but if he went full speed he was afraid it was going to be an out right pull so they yanked him for precautionary reasons.

Weis on Dexter McDonald …

I really like Dexter. This has a chance to be a really good local boy makes good story. He comes here, leaves, has to go to junior college and comes back. The kid is a top line talent. He can play cover for anyone as far as cover skills go. He has to not be as much of a river boat gambler and things like that. He has a world of ability.

Weis on Nasir Moore …

He made a bunch of tackles in the game. We redshirted Nas last year and that was the plan going in because he had converted during his sophomore year of junior college from a receiver to a defensive back. He is a little behind JaCorey in that progression. JaCorey had done that and JaCorey is more of a defensive player. Nas is a little bit behind JaCorey.

Weis on Chris Martin …

He was whining at me on Monday for gameplanning him during the spring game. He was saying who does that in a spring game. He was whining but I really look forward to turning him loose. He is a free spirit now and he is different. That's a nice way of saying it by the way.

Weis on Tedarian Johnson…

There were a couple of those guys like Tedarian Johnson, Tyler Holmes, and Ty McKinney that people haven't been seeing around and they made enough plays in the game where people recognized them. They are big powerful guys and I think in all their cases the number one issue is stamina. People say how with all the work they do with Holsopple is there a problem with stamina but there is a big difference between strength and conditioning and playing. For example Tony has to work on stamina because he goes so hard on every play that he uses a lot of energy. I learned from one of those Bills that I worked under that stamina is one of the biggest reasons for success in players. Guys like McKinney and Tedarian are two big guys but they have to work on stamina.

Weis on Keon Stowers …

Unlike those guys he has great stamina. He is quick off the ball, he is strong and disruptive. He is the type of lineman you want playing in the Big 12 because he is one of those guys who can play in space.

Weis on Ben Heeney winning spring game defensive mvp …

Something new, Ben Heeney making a bunch of tackles. As I told the media he had been kind of flat early on in the spring and was running neck and neck with Willis for a while but he has pulled away. He has gotten back to where you expected him to be. He has gotten better and better as the spring has gone on. We are expecting really big things from him this year.

Weis on Jake Love …

The thing with Jake is he is athletic and has that wrestlers mentality. He doesn't look pretty doing it but it ends up working. He just has to make sure he can be a tad more disciplined. In this league you can't be guessing. You just have to do your job and if everybody does their job we will improve dramatically.

Weis on Courtney Arnick …

The good thing about Courtney is he probably would have done better in the spring if he wasn't thrown into the first team right off the bat. He looked better and better and he was running all over the place at the spring game. The number one thing for him is gaining weight. He is at 200 pounds and probably needs to gain 10 pounds this summer. He needs to get a little bigger and there is going to be a lot of big guys he will have to deal with.

Weis on Darius Willis …

Darius last year didn't play well at all during the spring. When you don't play well you move down on the depth chart. When you are on show team and you are older you either throw in the towel or fight as hard as you can to get back on the other field. We put him in a pass rushing capacity and he worked his butt off and by the end of the year he had a role on our defense.

Weis on linebacker Victor Simmons …

Victor in addition to playing some backup linebacker I am counting on him to be a dynamic guy on special teams as well.


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