I interrupt a day of Louisville coverage for some Kentucky football updates. Following today’s practice, defensive coordinator Matt House spoke with the media, followed by interviews with defensive backs coach Steven Clinkscale and several players. For now, he’s what we learned from Coach House’s brief press conference:
1. On last week’s wide-open receivers
House referred to the two gut-wrenching plays against Florida where the receiver was left uncovered as “inexcusable.”
“It’s inexcusable, it won’t happen again,” House said. “We’ve addressed it as a staff. We’ll have guys from up top and down low looking at our position on the football.”
With questions of poor play-calling in the fourth quarter, House assured the media of one thing: “you win as a team; you lose as a team.”
“I think we all take ownership: the players, the coaches,” House said. “You just address it, correct it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
2. On moving on from Florida:
While the BBN has been primarily focused on Rick Pitino and the rest of the Louisville athletics department, many have finally started to move past Saturday’s crushing defeat by the Gators (sorry to remind you). To keep spirits high, the players are working on the same thing.
“You can’t let anybody beat you twice. I think you’ve got to learn and press on,” House said. “But quite honestly, the best thing to do is get back on the practice field after something like that, and then the next best thing is can’t wait until Saturday so we can get back on the field and correct it.
3. On a word you’re about to hear a lot:
If you are yet to hear the phrase “back-shoulder fade” this week, get ready. Eastern Michigan’s quarterback, Brogan Roback, specializes in the pass, and the Wildcats are determined to be ready.
“Whether you’re in zone or man, a lot of times on back-shoulder fades it’s a one-on-one battle,” House said. “Really the only coverage on a back-shoulder fade that you do have a true bracket on him is in cover two, and then he hits the hole shot, so it’s a mixture of those things.”
And here’s the rest of what Coach House had to say: