Cincinnati’s sacrificial lamb this week is the Fordham Rams, the Bearcats’ second FCS team of the season. If Butch doesn’t step up to the podium sharpening two butcher knives as forewarning to how much the Bearcats will absolutely murder them this Saturday I will be very disappointed. Grotesque images aside, here’s what went down at our head coach’s weekly presser.
- Take note: Butch did NOT bring a pair of butcher knives to the podium today. Swing and a miss, Chris.
- Butch paid slight homage to the Reds’ playoff game tonight.
- Wasn’t pleased with the slow start but the team got better as the game went along. I agree. The Bearcats were dominant in the second half.
- Mechanics in the passing game are still haunting Munchie Legaux, which is a symptom of him losing some of his mental focus in the pocket.
- Nice. Butch throwing in the baseball statistical analogy when speaking about details. Dude knows his stuff.
- Fordham has solid third down defense and Butch respects their team and coaching staff immensely. He’s the only one.
- Butch is preparing the second and third string players to take over for next season. I couldn’t agree with this more. Some people harped on the staff for running the ball a ton with the backups instead of showing us what Brendan Kay can do with his arm. But Jones and co. are continuously learning not just what he can do for the Bearcats, even though Kay is a senior, but what the younger players bring when building the 2013 squad.
- Jones gettin’ philosophical.
- He didn’t like the redzone offense but that’s on Jones’ own staff for getting too complicated. They have a 215 lbs bulldozer in George Winn. Give him the ball and let your giant offensive line plow a path for him to the endzone. Simple.
- Too. Many. Penalties.
- The success of the Bearcats, Reds, and Bengals are collectively beneficial for the city of Cincinnati.
- Butch’s first mention of what most of us suspected, if players have outstanding practices they will have plenty of opportunities in games.
- Shoutout to tight ends coach Dave Johnson. He could very well be molding an NFL tight end in Travis Kelce who has all the gifts to excel on the next level.
- Huh, I found this interesting. Jones says his special teams unit hasn’t practiced doing the Down The Drive chant, that they started doing with the student section at the Miami game, in practice. Sounds like it was organized by the players to do in tandem with the student section before kickoffs. Awesome. I hope this becomes a tradition.
- “Go Reds!”
You can watch the entire presser in it’s entirety here.