Tommy Bowden Weekly Press Conference Highlights
Tommy Bowden on.....
NC State Defense
"They're pretty sound in their schemes and haven't had any
busted coverages or missed assignments. Those are the times you give
away plays. They've also got pretty good players. The fact that
they've been able to prevent big plays has helped them out
defensively. With Coach Amato spending so many years at Florida State
they pattern a lot of their philosophy after that and you can tell on
film. They're very aggressive and they're pretty physical. "
"I don't think they'll deviate from their plan too much
because they've been pretty successful. They might make a special
emphasis on tackling or staying in their rush lanes or compensating
for him somehow, but I don't think they'll make major adjustments. I
think they'll just work hard on their fundamentals."
"With a lot of teams having one loss this early in the season
there are more big games than normal [this weekend]. Normally it is
Florida State undefeated and the rest of the conference has one or
two. The fact that Florida State lost early threw a lot of guys in
the mix. I think it gives the conference credibility more so than a
one-man show. I think it's a good thing from a national perspective.
It's not so much who's playing for second. Our chances are as good as
everyone else's with one loss."
Team response after GT
"I thought the last game was a good indication that they've
got a lot of fight and they won't quit. There's some guys whose
leadership level rose a little bit during the Georgia Tech game that
hadn't served in that capacity before. You get to potentially see
them take another step this week. A big win, two weeks off, now how
are you gonna respond? I have an idea of how they'll respond but
this is another level. We haven't won a game like that in 20 years.
Phillip Rivers' throwing motion
"He's accurate. I talked to Mike O'Cain and ask why he
offered him [a scholarship] when teams like Alabama and Auburn
didn't. He said he was accurate. He was a winner. "
"He reminds me of a bigger keep Keith Adams. If you run away
from him (Fisher) his speed gets you. If you run at him he's pretty
good about shedding blockers and making tackles. He makes plays. You
always have to know where he is and he's always in the corner of your
eye as a playcaller and a runner and everything else. I promise you
everybody looks up before the ball is snapped and knows where number
44 is, including the coaches."
"Right now he's a senior who's playing really hard in all
facets of the game. If you want to play at the next level they want
to see the toughness of running, they want to see you catch and they
want to see you block. I think he's helping his stock go up. He's
always been a good blocker. He's a very physical player, a very
intense player and a very emotional player.
"That's a concern against someone who blocks punts well. If
we can pick up ten more yards in coverage I think we'll be in good
shape. But if the get-off times for the second and third guys aren't
good then we'll just try to play defense. I think Wynn [Kopp] will
make the improvement, I think he'll make the adjustment. "