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
"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."