Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Gary Patterson

Oct. 1, 2013

News Conference Video

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU football coach Gary Patterson held his weekly news conference Tuesday in the Four Sevens Team Room.

The Horned Frogs are at No. 11/10 Oklahoma on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on FOX.

Included below are excerpts from Patterson's meeting with the media.

Opening Statement ...
"We're now going straight into conference play and will face a very good Oklahoma team. Coach (Bob) Stoops is getting back to playing very good defense and running the football. All their backs are really good. Their offensive line is tremendous. I think what gets left out offensively is their wide receivers, who are outstanding. Defensively, they're playing as well as anybody in the league and are being physical. I think they've only allowed a couple touchdowns in the air. They're playing very well, so we've got a lot of work to do."

On what is different about Oklahoma this year ...
"Oklahoma is kind of like we've been the last couple years. They were banged up and had season-ending injuries to a lot of players, and this year they've stayed healthy. That makes a big difference. It's like that with us. You have to keep people healthy. Very few people can lose a couple players and make it through things. You have to find ways to win."

On Oklahoma's defense ...
"They apply a lot of pressure. I think (defensive coordinator) Mike (Stoops) and Bob (Stoops) are a bit more comfortable with what they're doing now, and I think it shows. They tackle well. They're physical against the run and the pass, and they're getting takeaways. They're back to what an Oklahoma team is like."

On where his team is with developing leadership ...
"They're still too young. I think we had more people step up on the sideline Saturday once we got into the ball game, and I think we'll keep maturing. We're making a very conscious effort as a staff to deal with them and put people in position. For example, I made Jason Verrett one of the captains. That is what you have to be when you're one of those kinds of players. It is your job to step up and go be that guy. We're going to keep moving forward with that."

On Casey Pachall's emergence as a leader ...
"He is trying to be. We need that. James Dunbar has stepped up on that side of the ball. (Jon) Koontz was actually talking to both sides, going down and talking about little things and attention to detail. Those are the things we talked about in the last two weeks, when we had an off week. You have to try and change things when it's not going the way you need it to. We've still got a ways to go on both sides of the ball and special teams."

On what he can do to help the offense start fast ...
"For us, we do purple ball. It's right after we start the first or second period of the day. We then go good-on-good for a couple plays. We want them to have an understanding that you have to go at a fast tempo, and you have to get ready to play quick. If you look at Oklahoma's stat line, they outscore people 81-13 in the second and third quarters, and it's 47-0 in the second quarter. They've upped their level of play in the second once they've figured out what you're doing, and they've obviously figured it out defensively. I always look at how people start. It's 27-21 for Oklahoma in the first quarter, and then they start taking over. You have to be able to match them in the second quarter and when they come out of the tunnel."

On OU quarterback Blake Bell ...
"They've won, and they've played better on offense. Both their quarterbacks can run. They do some things with (Trevor) Knight they don't do with Bell. Both of them have those capabilities. You've got three or four tailbacks who can really go, and they've stayed healthy. Your center and two tackles are guys who have played a lot of football. They've kept their five for the first four ball games. They're keeping them intact and not losing anybody. They lost a couple of those guys to injuries the year before."

On going to Norman ...
"It's a great atmosphere and very loud. We'll do a lot of crowd noise on Wednesday and Thursday to make sure we get ourselves where we're communicating and ready to go."

On his team's 11 sacks the last two games ...
"One of the things is that we've done a good job in coverage. Some of them have been sacks, and some are coverage sacks. We're having to create things but give (Terrell) Lathan and (James) McFarland credit. They had great moves."



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