By Jonathan Okanes
Sunday, September 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm in Last game tidbits.
I wasn’t able to attend Cal’s conditioning workout tonight, but Jeff Faraudo did and provided this sampling of Jeff Tedford’s comments:
“Everyone is going to do that, just because of who we are and what we do. But again, Oregon’s defense does things that are specific to them. Typically, teams are who they are. They do this and they do that. They may throw a wrinkle in there.”
“I don’t. I was pleased during the game with the look in our kids’ eyes. There were no excuse-making, no finger-pointing, nobody laying blame. Everybody was still encouraging each other. In the locker room, it was the same way. Looking at the tape they can see it’s about us. If we do what we do, then we have a chance to be successful every weekend. And if we don’t have, we have the ability not to he successful.”
“It’s good. In the meeting, pretty subdued. But as we talked about moving forward, kids are pretty resilient. They’re more resilient than the coaches most of the time. The only way for me to get past it is to go up there and look at tape of USC. You can beat yourself up over and over and over by laying awake all night long about what you could have done in preparation or travel or meals. You think about everything. Could I have said something different?”
“I’d have to say that’s probably true. They were the better team that day. We got beat pretty soundly yesterday. I don’t think it’s a reflection of who we are as a whole. It’s that day in that environment. Very difficult place to play. It just seemed like we couldn’t put anything together. We had spurts, then we couldn’t finish it.”
“I sit up in my little coccoon up here and stay pretty insulated. But for them to be out there, a lot of people say different things to them. A lot of people have different opinions about things. And so it’s really important that our guys don’t listen to all the opinions that are thrown around out there and just focus on next week.”
“He looks very poised, very confident. He has ability, there’s no question about that. And he has a good group around him. He’s got a lot of tools _ a great offensive line, explosive running backs, great tight ends, explosive receivers, a great defense. They have a very solid squad. It’s not on him. They’ve made a point of that to him. You look at them on tape, and they haven’t changed much.
“No question, it’s very important. Everytime you get in league play, everything just cranks up a notch. It’s early and we played Oregon, which is one of the better teams in our conference, then SC, which is traditionally the best team in our conference. It’s two great tests right off the bat.”
“I haven’t seen anybody on tape yet and I haven’t watched anybody really on TV, but to take a look at it it sure seems that way. Seems like everybody is doing good things and having success. But it’s always that way in the Pac-10. You’ve got to bring your `A’ game every week to be successful.”
“I would expect it to be cranked up. Our fans have done a nice job of that, really creating an advantage for us at home. I would expect it’s going to be packed and they’re going into it. A 5 o’clock game, they should be primed and ready to go.”