University of Washington ( 6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) head coach Chris Petersen was a happy camper when he met with the media Monday during his weekly press conference. While he was pleased with his teams solid 27 to 13 win over the Colorado Buffaloes (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium, Petersen made sure to point out that his team has plenty of room for improvement
The Colorado win and the Oregon Ducks ( 5-2, 2-2) 34 to 20 loss to the Washington State Cougars ( 6-1, 3-1) on Saturday night in front of a National Television audience put the Huskies back in the title race for the Pac-12 North with four games left in the season.
Petersen was asked if after eight games he or his team has a sense of an identity in who they are.
Petersen was then asked if there was one specific area he would like his to team to improve on and what area he is happy about regarding team improvement.
“Yes, we would like, we put the tape on every week and I don’t’ think there is a time where everybody is going ‘yeah we’re pretty good with this, pretty satisfied.’ I mean it’s always the details. We can talk until we’re blue in the face, our guys know this, it’s like where we’re at right now there is not whatever each side plays, 70 plays, whatever it is, there’s not many missed assignments. There might be a couple, but there really isn’t. That’s not the issue.
The issue is always a bunch of little details. So I can sit here as a coach and say ‘we’ve got to be more detailed, we’ve got to be more detailed,’ that’s not going to help those guys. We have to go out on the field and recreate those details and then program the guys. That’s what we’re trying to do as coaches. So that’s what, as a general statement, we’d like to be more detailed and got to do that for them as coaches.
Petersen was also asked if he was happy with his assistants
“Our coaches they work hard. They’re very aware. Like I always say as a staff don’t try and ever put this on the kids. We’re in this together and we need to teach them better if we’re not getting it done. They need to go get it done for us, but it always comes back to us as coaches.”
Petersen was also asked how he feels about regulating bye weeks .
“I don’t know about health and safety. I don’t’ think anybody is that fired up about a bye Week 10. You’d like it somewhere in the middle. I don’t think you like it really early in the season. You’d like it somewhere in the middle of the season but I think every year there is going to be a couple of teams that don’t have that luxury.
Was it last year or the year before USC had to play their whole season, I mean that is a serious competitive disadvantage. There is no question about it. We play 10 games without one. I think our league is looking at those things but from our standpoint, we’re not going to sit here and complain about it. IT is what it is and we’ve got to get it done and that is our mindset. Now I think those guys are looking at that schedule and how do we help this thing.”
(Pac-12 scheduling format not having predetermined favorites …) “I will tell you this, I’m not in favor of it if it doesn’t help Washington. That’s all I can tell you. I look at that and I’m like ‘I don’t like this schedule’ but I know they’re not going to change it because of Washington. But when I look at that and I see it’s game 10, I don’t like that. But they’ve got 12 other teams to pay attention to but all I can do is worry about our team.