Keith Gilbertson Press Conference Quotes

Nov. 10, 2003

On injuries and other things affecting performance:
'Some of it has. We've lost 10 to 13 starters. It's been a problem, but not the total problem. I'm not going to blame it on that. We've played poorly in the red zone both offensively and defensively. Little things like ball leveraging and tackling. One week we look great on those things and then the next we look like we've never practiced. So, you could say those inconsistencies have been a big factor.'

On keeping in contact with friends at California-Berkeley:
'I always visit with guys. I still have a lot of friends in that area. As a family we really enjoyed living there. I met a lot of people when I was down there and I thought people were great to me. I look forward to seeing some friends down there.'

On his thoughts of being a head again after his stint at California-Berkeley:
'No not really. I thought it was behind me. I settled into a different aspect of coaching after that. I had three great years with the Seahawks on Dennis Erickson's staff. I enjoyed being a coordinator on Rick Neuheisal's staff back here. I thought the opportunity to be a head coach would never come around again.

On how he has changed:
'I'm a lot older. I'm a lot more stubborn. I may not be as much fun to be around as I was before. Hopefully I'm wiser about life in general and the game.

On his attitude with the media:
'I'm quite a bit different. I just say what is on my mind and go about my business. I'm not real flashy.'

On Cody Pickett:
'I thought he played well up to a period of time. The last two drives were vintage Cody. There was a time when I considered giving him a break. In my history I have played two quarterbacks a lot. I don't think it's a demotion to take a guy out. Sometimes he can see different things going on from the sideline, while taking a break. We had really stalled though. Kenny James' leg was bothering him and we were down to one tailback. Once again we posted prolific numbers and dint have the points to show for it. Cody is the starter and I'm in his corner. I don't have a plan to play Casey. Cody is the starter and we will go from there. He's done an awful lot of good things for us. He's very experienced. There's no 1a or 1b. There's number one and number two.'

On Kenny James injury:
'He went into the game with a sprained ankle. In the first half he injured his quadricep and then at halftime the trainers looked at him. I thought he really slowed down in the second half because of the injury.'

On the passing game compared to last year:
'Last year 50 passes a game wasn't unusual for him (Cody Pickett). We also had a very experienced corps of receivers. Now there's a new guy every week. Last week it was Jordan Slye who made some catches but he hasn't played a great deal of football. Quintin Daniels got hurt at practice on Thursday night. I think Cody is getting more and more comfortable with Isaiah Stanback. Charles Frederick hasn't practiced a lot, so he isn't as crisp on routes. Still, I think Cody threw the ball well and made great decisions for most of the game.'

On Cody's health:
'As far as I know he doesn't have any health problems. After the Oregon State game his knee was sore because his foot got caught in the Astroturf. He seems to be fine now. I don't think the shoulder and the pectoralis are a problem anymore. It didn't look like it on any of the deep balls he threw. I think he's fine.'

On the injuries to Ben Bandel and Owen Biddle:
'Jon Lyon is a quality guy and I thought we had three quality guys to begin with at tight end. Andy Heater and Dash Crutchley will get some looks this week, so we can find the next best guy there. In terms of Owen Biddle, his injury was a big blow to our defense. He's a great hitter. He knows where to line up, so that really hurt us. He's questionable for this week. I don't know when he will practice.'

On kicking and punting:
'I think our punter punted well. I'm not at all pleased with our place kicking. We seem to miss a lot of makeable kicks. We have a competition every week and Evan Knudsen has won the competition every week. I thought Garth Erickson punted very well though. He kicked a real long when we needed one. He also put two inside of the ten.'

On the defensive line:
'Brandon Ala got hurt in warm-ups. He played very little. I don't know what his status is. It's just a hamstring problem. We have to consider Terry Johnson at end and Donny Mateaki back to tackle. Jerome Stevens has played very well. He's had a fine season. Manase Hopoi gets better and better all the time. We need all four guys out there to step up.'

On respecting Arizona:
'No, we didn't. I think that's a huge part of the game. You have to have a real special group of guys that can high-fly every week. Sometimes when you are real athletic you can get by and win games just because you are athletic. If we don't bring our A-game we are in for trouble. I know our people expect California because they kicked our butts out here a year ago.'

What concerns him about California:
'If you watched California play USC, they were on fire. They are fast, they are athletic and they fly to the ball. They can throw and run. They play aggressive defense as a team. They are well coached. They have a great staff.'

On California's quarterbacks:
'They are both good players. Jeff Tedford does a real nice job. His quarterbacks are fundamentally sound. They don't waste throws. They are real sound. They are sound in the pocket, the way they hold the ball, and their footwork. They will have plenty of offense for us.'

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