September 25, 2006
Rod says off week will be spent on fundamentals
Much like the schemes on defense after three games, WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday that after four games, the issue is not about adjusting his offense, but his offensive players need to readjust their fundamentals.
Talking on the Big East Weekly teleconference, the coach of the 4th-ranked Mountaineers said: "(We might make) a few (adjustments) here and there . . . .(but the issue is on) either side of ball, fundamentally, we gotta get better. That will be our biggest emphasis this week."
Rodriguez, whose team is 4-0 with a quarter of the regular season in the bag, said he would practice his team every day this week except Friday, even though there is no opponent on Saturday. WVU goes to Mississippi State on Oct. 7.
He continued to discuss the ECU defense, which "held" the Mountaineers to 153 yards rushing and a cramping Steve Slaton to 80 yards on 24 carries.
"I think they did a nice job of fundamentally getting off blocks. They did a great job of tackling. We had a few more missed assignments than in the past. Sometimes people can out-number you to force you to throw more. But it's not like us playing badly on offense, we just weren't where we like to be on offense Saturday," Rod said.
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