Coach Harbaugh Quotes From Tuesday's Media Luncheon
Sept. 16, 2008
Here's a sampling of some of head coach Jim Harbaugh's comments from today's Stanford football media luncheon as the Cardinal prepare to meet San Jose State Saturday night at Stanford Stadium.
On the Offense
We struggled offensively at TCU. We need more production and need to be more consistent on the offensive side of the ball. The onus has to be on everyone involved--protection, quarterbacks feeling comfortable in the pocket, setting their feet and throwing the ball.
We gave up way too much penetration on the offensive line last week against TCU. We have to give our guys weapons to attack with. The onus is on everybody. But we are moving forward. We have a lot of work to do and fortunately our guys have that in them to get that done.
On Quarterback Tavita Pritchard
I feel Tavita gives us the best chance to win. At the same time, we will evaluate all aspects as we go through a week of practice. All options will be available. He gives us the best chance to win so he'll be the starter.
There's so much focus on the quarterback when the offense struggles. We want to make sure we're playing the best players at every position. We'll do that and do what's best for the team in that regard.
On the San Jose State Game Being a 'Must Win' Game
Absolutely. This is a big rivalry game to our football team and San Jose State. Our guys understand the intensity which this game is played. No question about it, this is a must win game.
Our goal this year is to get bowl eligible. Like I told our guys, this is the start of the second quarter of our season. We'll treat this like an opener to another quarter of football to our season.
On the Special Teams Play
We had some fantastic special teams play at TCU. Mark Mueller, talk about a text-book block of a punt. I am so pleased at the way Mark has come on over the summer, during training camp and during the course of the season. He's a guy that has been doing a lot of good things for our ball club and he can elevate himself even more.
Our whole punt block unit has been phenomenal.
Tremendous signs our football team is really excelling in that area.
On the TCU Game
We did not win in any area, with the exception of maybe special teams. Offensively or defensively, we did not match up with TCU.
On the Team's Overall Play
There's work that needs to be done. I'm pleased how hard our team has been playing but we can play harder. Just about every facet of our game right now we can and must improve.
On San Jose State
They're much improved. He (Dick Tomey) has done a fine job in improving the players, bringing new players in and coaching them. The quarterback has had a big impact and is doing a real nice job. They are elusive, much like what we saw last week. Kyle's (Reed) probably a better runner and has better instincts.
The back is another quick guy in space. We've seen a back like that the last three weeks. We have to restrict those spaces and make tackles in the open field. It will be a good test for us and hopefully we can improve in that area. I believe we are.
They are a very resilient football team and one we have a lot of respect for.
You hate to lose and feel like you didn't play well. You hate to lose and feel you didn't coach well. There were some gut wrenching, lack-of-sleep moments for everyone on that field.
I'm glad they felt that way because that's the way you are supposed to feel after a loss. The question is how you attack it and come back to take ownership to make sure it doesn't happen again.