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Mickey-Joseph had his first “Sports Nightly” interview as Nebraska’s interim football coach on Thursday. The interview was originally scheduled for prime time at 7 p.m.
Except that Joseph moved the interview forward an hour to 6 p.m. He had a high school game to catch up on.
It’s been a busy week for Joseph, who was named interim Huskers head coach last Sunday, the same day Scott Frost was fired after going 16-31 in 47 games overall. Sitting down and putting his feet up is the last thing the Louisiana native wants to do.
During his hour-long interview with host Greg Sharpe, Joseph touched on a host of topics as he prepares his team to face No. 6 Oklahoma (2-0) this weekend. Here are the highlights.
One of the biggest problems for the 2022 Huskers has been defense. defensive coordinator Eric ChinanderThe unit hasn’t stopped the rush for three games as the opponents are averaging a staggering 5.65 yards per carry.
On Tuesday, Joseph mentioned he made changes to coaching responsibilities. With former analyst mike cassano Coaching receivers in a full-time assistant role, Chinander is still the coordinator, but will now coach safeties. Travis Fisher only coaches turns instead of turns and safeties.
“We talked about doing different things in defense,” Joseph said. “It comes down to the integrity of the gaps. We did a very good job this week by being in our shortcomings.
Joseph didn’t want to go into specific schematic changes to live radio, saying “that would be a bad idea”.
The coach mentioned “you will see changes”, but didn’t mention what.
No more black shirts
Joseph confirmed that he did in fact take the blackshirts off some of the defensive players. It’s nothing negative, the coach said.
Joseph just wants a fresh start.
“We talked about a new era that was beginning. Everyone has a clean slate. So we are 0-0,” Joseph said. “Now it’s like we’re starting from the beginning. So we’re going to train and earn those black shirts. I’m confident they’ll get them back, but it wasn’t taken away from them because of the game. If we say everyone has a clean slate, well, we have to give the other kids a chance to get the blackshirts too.
One team, one heartbeat, said Joseph. He will return them when he deems it necessary.
Joseph met the four captains – plus Casey Thompson
Joseph said he had met the four captains – Nick Henrich, Garrett Nelson, Travis Vokolek and Caleb Tannor — to talk about his vision for the team. But there was another player invited to this meeting – the quarterback Casey Thompson.
“I brought in all four of them, and I brought in Casey too, because he’s the quarterback,” Joseph said. “I have a good relationship with these children. And they understood what I wanted to do, and they know it’s going to be a little bit different. I’m gonna be a little more fiery and a little more in your face. And I ask you to do things the right way.
Every player was receptive to the changes, the coach said.
More music in training
Joseph decided not to play music at practice, which is common in college football. Why? He wants his team to bring their own energy – that’s what players need to do in games anyway.
“Energy? That’s what we’re preaching right now,” he said. “Kids have a lot of energy. Coaches have a lot of energy. Coaches have a lot of energy. force have a lot of energy. The energy has to be throughout the building. Because I think that’s what drives you to be great, is that you have the energy to do it.
Practices were shorter, but faster
When he was receivers coach, Joseph and Cassano graded their receivers on their game movie. Coaches looked for “loaves” where receivers weren’t going full speed on a play or were fearful of contact. Sometimes there were six or seven loaves in 70-75 games, which is too much, Joseph said.
So the loaves will be something that Joseph himself will follow across the team in his new role, not just the receivers.
“This week, I saw efforts in training. I saw him, said Joseph. “Now the coaches are pushing them. “Hey let’s run, we run, we move.” And everyone is shouting the same thing, ‘Transition, let’s go, let’s go’. So the practice was shorter, but the practice was faster.
The locker room will never be divided under Joseph’s watch
With Nebraska’s offense mostly productive for three games as the defense struggles to get saves, is Joseph worried about a rift within the team in the locker room?
Simply put, no.
“They’re a character team. They’re good kids, good boys,” Joseph said. there was a defeat, we put it on the coaches and said: ‘We have to train you better.’ »
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