Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Pete Mangurian gives his thoughts on Saturday's loss vs. Fordham.
On the play of the defense:
"I thought they [Fordham] were a talented team offensively and I thought our defense got better as the game went on. We played much better in the second half than we did in the first. We obviously had the huge mistake on the 92-yard run, and there is no excuse for that, but other than that, we played pretty solid. They did make some first downs. They are an explosive team offensively, so I was pleased that we were able to make adjustments and get better."
On the play of the offense:
"It was disappointing offensively, because of the opportunities that were missed - both in the running game and passing game. Our inconsistency on first and second down continues to drive our issues on third down, when it comes to third and long. Our inconsistency in the red zone and our inability to score touchdowns in goal-to-goal situations is what is creating our inconsistency to score points. Until we solve that, we will continue to have problems. It is difficult to call plays when you have no idea what is going to happen from one play to the next. We have to coach better and players have to play better. It is not just one or the other. It's everyone involved. Offensively, it is third down in the red zone. Defensively, it is the perimeter."
On the play of special teams:
"I thought Paul Delaney really improved from the first game to the second. I asked him to be able to get the ball out inside the 20 yard line and pin the opponent deep, and not have to kick the ball in the end zone like we did in the first game and he did that. I know there is one punt that he would probably want to take back, but other than that I thought he did a great job. If the rest of our team had improved at the same rate that he did, we might have a different outcome in the game. Vinny Pugliese continues to be an impact player on special teams. Overall I was pleased with the special teams' performance."
"We need to develop a level of consistency. Until we do that, we will not be able to be the team we want to be."