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Coach Ferentz - 11 06 12
COACH FERENTZ: What concept are wetalking about specifically?
Q. The short, quick passing game?
COACH FERENTZ: I know the questioncame up, catches and out routes, and I wasn'tthinking quickly enough. The touchdown cameand scored against Penn State. It was just a quickhitch out there. One guy beat one guy, and that'stalking about explosivenesss. Coincidentally, theplay that Michigan State beat Indiana at the end ofthe game, is the same play to the left side. Theythrew a quick ball out to, I believe, it was theirfreshman receiver. He beat the DB and scored atouchdown.I kind of get this concept stuff for shortthrows, long throws all that stuff. But it's really alittle bit more intricate than that. I'm not trying togive a lecture or anything like that.But passing games tend to, the stereotypeof the old Oakland Raiders, Al Davis, JohnMadden, throw the ball down there 400 yards andhad Olympic sprinters on the outside. That wasn'tfar from the truth. But you try to do what's best foryour players, and you also try to do what's best forthe situation. There is a lot of thought that goesinto that. Doesn't always work out, but that's whatwe try to do for 14 years.
Q. The current situation though, is itmore what Greg wants for his offense, or is itwhat your personnel are capable of executing,giving them the best chance to execute?
COACH FERENTZ: I think first of all, I'llsay this: Greg is a tremendous coach, tremendousperson, really an outstanding coach. Mostcoaches I've been around that are really good --and I've been really lucky in my career to bearound a lot of good ones -- everything starts withwhat can your players do? That's where it alwaysstarts. No matter where you are, what you'redoing. If you're coaching well, you have to do that.So I think that's usually the goal we have at thebeginning of every week.Like recruiting, it's a very fluid discussion.Who is doing what, and what is the injury situationand all those different types of things. But there isa lot of thought that goes into it.
Q. Do you try to find the answer forthat week? I mean, the target moves everyweek with every team.
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, you don'tchange your wardrobe every week, at least goodteams don't. You can't. Not unless guys just getwiped out, then that's a different discussion. But tothink that you're going to go from being a two tightend, two back team to a four wideout team, that'sprobably not realistic.So, yeah, you go with what you have. Alot of things play into it - your opponent, injuries, allthose types of things.
Q. Kirk, you could argue that James,your son, is playing as well as anybody on thisteam. Were you tempted to give Vandenbergthe ball on Saturday and have him run behindhim?
COACH FERENTZ: That was our planuntil the clock got stopped. They called for areview. It would have been a dead play had we,based on what I saw, it would have probably beena dead play. Anyway, but, yeah.
Q. The fact that James moved to centerand is playing so well , did that…
COACH FERENTZ: Not necessarily. Youdon't want to run sneak with a bad center. But youdon't want to play with a bad center, if you canavoid it. They can take the sneak away too. It'slike anything in defense, if you can take somethingaway. It's one of those deals.
Q. Fourth-down decisions, you’ll havethem again. Is it a card deal or what goes intoyour decision making?
COACH FERENTZ: I got to get one ofthose cards. You go on what you think is best.Like every decision you try to make is what do youthink is best for your team at that given moment. Idon't think I have to explain what the thoughtprocess would have been Saturday. Based on theclock, timeouts, all those types of thing, I think youcan figure that out, connect the dots.You could argue I made an irrationaldecision at Michigan State, because we had gottenstuffed on some short yardage stuff at MichiganState. We went for it on 4th and 1, converted, andended up scoring. Every situation is different. It'skind of like we were talking about earlier aboutyour game planning and the way you do things.It's week to week. How is the team playing? Howare they executing? Who is in the lineup? Thosetypes of things. You're probably going to be righthalf the time.