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Mickey Joseph He gave his first interview to “Sports Nightly” as a temporary football coach in Nebraska Thursday. The interview was originally scheduled for prime time, 7 p.m.
Except, Joseph raised the interview by an hour to 6 p.m. He had a high school game to pick up.
It’s been a busy week for Joseph, who was named interim Huskers coach last Sunday, on the same day that Scott Frost was sacked after taking the overall record 16-31 in 47 games. Sitting and kicking feet is the last thing a Louisiana wants.
During his hour-long interview with host Greg Sharp, Joseph touched on many topics as he prepared for his team’s No. 6 showdown in Oklahoma (2-0) this weekend. Here are the highlights.
Changes in defense?
Defense was one of the biggest issues in the 2022 Huskers game. Defensive Coordinator Eric ChinanderThe unit hasn’t stopped running during three games as opponents average 5.65 yards per carry.
On Tuesday, Joseph stated that he had made adjustments to his coaching responsibilities. with a former analyst Mike Cassano With recipients trained in a full-time assistant role, Chinander is still the coordinator, but will now do the safety training. Travis Fisher It is training corners only instead of corners and safety.
“We talked about doing a few different things in defense,” Joseph said. “It comes down to the integrity gap. We did a really good job this week of being in our gaps.”
Joseph didn’t want to go into specific schematic changes on live radio, saying “that would be a bad idea.”
The coach didn’t say “you’ll see some changes” but he didn’t say what.
No more black shirts
Joseph confirmed that he actually stole blackshirts from some defensive players. The coach said it’s not a negative thing.
Joseph just wants a fresh start.
“We talked about the beginning of a new era. Everyone has a clean slate. So we are 0-0,” said Joseph. “Now, it’s like we’re starting from the beginning. So we’ll train and earn those black shirts. I’m sure they’ll get them back, but they weren’t taken away from the match. If we say everyone has a clean slate, well, we have to give the other kids a chance to get the black shirts too.”
One team, one heartbeat, Joseph said. He will bring them back when he thinks he must.
Joseph met the four captains – plus Casey Thompson
Joseph said he met the four leaders – Nick HeinrichAnd the Garrett NelsonAnd the Travis Vokulik And the Caleb Tanour – To talk about his vision for the team. But there was another player invited to this meeting – quarterback Casey Thompson.
“I brought all four, and I brought Casey as well, because he’s the quarterback,” Joseph said. “I have a good relationship with these kids. And they understood what I wanted to do, and they know it would be a little different. I’d be a little sadder and a little in your face. And I’m asking you to do things the right way.”
The coach said that every player was responsive to the changes.
No more music in practice
Joseph changed not blasting music during training, which is common in college football. why? He wants his team to bring in his own energy – and that’s what players need in matches anyway.
“Energy? This is what we preach now.” “Kids have a lot of energy. Coaches have a lot of energy. Coaches have a lot of energy. Strength coaches have a lot of energy. The energy has to be all over the building. Because I think that’s what drives you to be great, is you have the energy to do that.” “.
Practices were shorter, but faster
When he was a receiver trainer, Joseph and Cassano cut their receivers out of their game movie. Coaches searched for “loaves” where receivers wouldn’t run at full speed in a play or if they were shy about calling. Joseph said that sometimes there are six or seven loaves out of 70-75 plays, which is too many.
So the loaf is going to be one thing that Joseph will track across the entire team in his new role, not just the receivers.
“This week, I saw a hands-on effort. Now, the coaches are pushing them,” Yusef said. “Hey, let’s run, we’re running, we’re moving.” And everyone shouts the same thing, “Move, let’s go, let’s get there.” So the practice was shorter, but the practice was faster.”
The locker room will not be divided under Joseph’s watch
With Nebraska’s offensive mostly productive through three games while the defense struggled for stopping points, is Joseph worried about a breakout inside the squad in the locker room?
“This is a high-level team. These are good kids, good boys,” Joseph said. “There will be no finger pointing. Even when Frost was here, he wouldn’t allow it. When there was a loss, we put it on the coaches and said, ‘We have to train you better.’
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