Tidbits from Curry press conference

Greetings, all-

Hope this finds you well. I am doing pretty well. I had shrimp tacos for lunch. That makes almost any day a win.

A note or two and then some blurbs from the Bill Curry press conference. Practice was a little chippy Tuesday morning, as hockey folks like to say, which I think you’d have to take as a good sign. I think the themes of the week for the Panthers are running the ball and forcing turnovers. Georgia State had actually been on a little run with takeaways – four each in the three games prior to Old Dominion – but I would say that the attention to it becomes more heightened after not having any takeaways Saturday and also playing a team that is plus-11 (South Alabama).

As for running the ball, you likely know the story. I talked to tackle Clyde Yandell and line coach Mike Riddle, who say they’re getting close. I suppose it’s the only answer you can give – I think my jaw would have dropped if either had said, “Yeah, we’re not even close to being a good running team” – but I think they believe it to be the case. I’m planning on a story about it for Saturday.

Quotes, notes:

- “I realize now that we are practicing harder now than we ever have. I’m disappointed both in the team and the staff that it took a loss to wake us up to see we need to get busier.”

- Curry said he was impressed by USA’s turnover margin of plus-11, the defense’s third-down conversion rate of 24 percent and its cumulative 68-0 score in the fourth quarter. “I don’t care who you play,” he said. “That’s hard to do.”

- Jaguars play a lot of man defense. Curry said it is “important for us to employ things that let us get off of man coverage.”

- “The thing that is the biggest disappointment to me about our team is the running game,” he said. “I’m a little bit surprised and I take responsibility for it, along with the rest of the offensive staff.”

Rest assured that offensive coordinator John Bond and Riddle are well aware of Curry’s displeasure.

“There’s really no excuse for us to be where we are in the running game, and we will get it better,” Curry said.

- Linebacker Mark Hogan on stripping the football, which he said has had a renewed emphasis this week after the Panthers had no turnovers Saturday: “It’s a combination of a lot of different things. It’s want-to and effort and also strength and a little bit of technique, as well as finding the weak spots of where the offensive player is holding the ball and just going for it.”

- Bill Curry’s word of the week, in an answer about copying plays, schemes from other teams: “We see things every week. There are no ideas that are inviolate.” (pure, sacred)

- The team is taking the bus to Mobile, about a 5-  or 6-hour ride. Curry said that once you figure in the time to go to the airport, go to security, load the plane, etc., it’s more or less a wash. Plus, it’s cheaper.

- Interesting story in the Boston Globe about UMass considering using football to boost the school’s profile.

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18 comments Add your comment

itsmeagain

October 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

itsmeagain

October 26th, 2010
4:10 pm

I had a gyro from Pita Republic on Peachtree and Ponce. It was delicious!

Ken Sugiura

October 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

congrats, itsmeagain. nothing wrong with a gyro, unless you pronounce it “gye-roe.”

GSUtimes2

October 26th, 2010
5:57 pm

TrueBlue

October 26th, 2010
7:08 pm

Who is going to the game this weekend?

I AM

Panama

October 26th, 2010
8:25 pm

itsmeagain

October 26th, 2010
9:44 pm

I can’t:( I have an organic chem 2 test and microbio test both on the monday afterwards:( Ken, are you flying? Could put me in your suitcase…

Go Panthers!!

October 26th, 2010
10:14 pm

Would love to. But with a fam to tow along, it’s not in the plans.

Panama

October 26th, 2010
10:35 pm

I hope there are more than just a couple hundred going. Its a 320 mile drive so maybe a 4.5 to 5 hour drive. Also Delta has round trips for $217. I think its obvious after last week that our boys need to see some Panther Blu in the stands. Plus I hear Mobile is a great city to visit.

itsmeagain

October 27th, 2010
12:41 am

Ok. I invited 2000 people to come tailgate for the last home game on facebook rather than the usual 300. Really trying to reach out now

RoguePanther

October 27th, 2010
7:17 am

Get a win. Hey, Coaches the mortivators and the direction setters you are, get us a win.
The panther boys are great upto their performances.
The coaches are the under performers right now. Shape up, guys!!!

Don’t let us say, “Oh, man!!”

WIN, WIN, WIN, that’s I and Panther boys want this Saturday.

GO COACHES!!!!!!

GSUtimes2

October 27th, 2010
12:29 pm

Looks like I’ll be watching the game in front of my computer this weekend!

egeagle

October 27th, 2010
1:30 pm

Road trip!!! Some of the coolest memories of college you can have are made on such trips. Impromptu trips to Murfreesboro,Tenn, Chattanooga, Valdosta, jacksonville, and other spots made love of the Eagles even deeper. And the trips were a blast even when we didn’t win. If I weren’t headed for the Boro, that trip sounds like a good one. The players and coaches WILL notice.
Just a friendly tip on building tradition and a fan base. Good Luck.

Panama

October 27th, 2010
4:50 pm

@ GSUTimes2…it’s not a sure thing it will be avail.

GSUtimes2

October 27th, 2010
5:30 pm

@Panama – WHA!?!?!?!??!?!?!

@egeagle – Wow! Thanks for the comments! I guess we can all be nice…until the day we finally play each other. Then all bets are off again.

VSU Alumnus

October 27th, 2010
6:09 pm

I agree. I’m rooting for Georgia State and looking forward to playing in the future.Road trips are the bomb.I was in Florence AL for both( 2004 and 2007) of our national championship wins.’04 was the best because it was our first and we were underdogs. VSU fell behind 14-0 early but fought back to go into halftime 17-17. Pittsburg State did not know what to think. Good times. Go Panthers and Blazers !!!

Panama

October 27th, 2010
8:50 pm

Apparently they do not know if it will be available online or not. This is from the school. Glad I am going because I dont think I could handle just radio.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 27th, 2010
9:09 pm

I have a great idea. Why don’t all the UGA and GT fans that like to post on the AJC.com meet at the Atalnta Community Food Bank the Friday after Thanksgiving to help sort food, help the poor, and talk crap the day before the game. It would let all of us meet and drop some of the Behind the Screen hatred.