Sept. 28, 2004
Stanford football head coach Buddy Teevens
addressed the media about his 2004 team and its preparation for Cardinal's next home game versus top-ranked Washington at Stanford Stadium this Saturday, October 2 (2 pm, PDT).
"(Last) Saturday (versus USC) was a strong effort but a disappointing loss. We're looking forward to Washington this week."
On Stanford's Performance Against USC
"USC executed better than we did in the second half of the ballgame. We had our chances but didn't make some of the plays that we were able to make in the first half."
On The Disparity Between The First And Second Half Performances Against USC
"The difference was execution. Things that we hit in the first thirty minutes, we didn't in the second half. We have to demonstrate an ability to execute well and with consistency."
On The Performance Of The USC Defense In The Second Half
"They attacked us effectively and compressed the pocket a little bit, and we need to make plays in those situations. They didn't do anything radical."
On The Positives Of The USC Game
"I think our players played hard. They competed hard against a top-ranked football team, and USC deserves that ranking. We raised our level of performance. Execution in the passing game in the first half was very solid, and we need to be able to continue that through the second half. Our defense did a nice job coming off of the ball and containing their running game."
On USC Running Back Reggie Bush
"He is an outstanding football player. If he's not on the Heisman list, he should be. He's an electric player, and he can do different things. He can return punts or kickoffs, and he's very smart. He's unselfish, he'll block, and he's very physical. He's extremely competitive and there are no real negatives to his game."
On This Saturday's Washington Game
"Washington comes in a better team than their record indicates. They have some youth and some inexperience. It's a very physical and aggressive football team. I know that they're switching quarterbacks, and both have the ability to make an impact. They bring an option offense that we usually don't see. We need to be consistent with the effort and be solid in our assignments and execution. We certainly expect them to bring their `A' game, but our emphasis has been on us. We know what we need to do, and what we need to improve on. We've improved each step of the way this season, and we need to take another step forward on Saturday."
On Stanford's Kick And Punt Return Game
"We put a lot of time and effort into special teams. It's such a big part of the whole process. We put good people out there, and they've responded very well. T.J. Rushing is a great return guy. He has good speed, he makes good decisions and he trusts who's around him. The wedge did a tremendous job setting blocks and did well on Saturday. It's a result of people carrying out their assignments and T.J. trusting that they're going to get the job done."
On Quarterback Trent Edwards' Play In The USC Game
"I think he made continued progress in that first half and made very good decisions. He was accurate with his throws and went to the right receivers. In the second half, the pressure heated up a little bit, and he wasn't as consistent. It was a developmental opportunity for him."
On Stanford's Schedule (With Four Straight Home Games To Begin The Season)
"It hasn't made a huge difference. It is what it is, so the preparation doesn't differ. It's nice to stay in your own bed, but we don't even address it."
On Ken Margerum's Impact As The Wide Receivers Coach
"He's an outgoing and enthusiastic guy, and I think it's been fun for the receivers to play for him. He's worked with some young guys on their consistency. He makes the game fun, and I think that's important at that position. We play a lot of players and the receiver position is one that can see six different guys on the field regularly."
On General Team Attitude
"We've had good leadership with our older guys. The accountability has been established, and they like each other. We see guys that want to win, will work hard for each other, and understand their roles. It's an enjoyable climate."
On The Status Of David Bergeron
"We talked with him on Sunday and Bergeron is back, he's our starter at linebacker (this week). I appreciate the way he handled himself last week and appreciate the way that Mike Silva stepped up. It's business as normal."
On Concern For A Letdown Against Washington
"Our team's maturity is such that we realize we have to play our best football each week to have an opportunity to have success. We emphasize the balance in the conference and realize that prior records don't mean much on game day. Our focus is strictly on Washington and how we improve on last week's performance."
On The Success Of Stanford Offense
"The offensive line is protecting the quarterback better and the ball is getting off on time. The whole thing has been a developmental process. It terms of tagging it, it's a control offense with deep ball opportunities. Nothing has changed, we've just had better execution on the offensive side."
On Washington's Defense
"They've shown some pressure and some base defenses. We probably anticipate more pressure from them based on what we've seen the last couple of weeks. They are a very solid unit and very sound in what they do. We'll find out on Saturday, but I expect more pressure than what we've seen out of them in the past."