Wednesday, October 21, 2009
At least Spurrier thinks Vandy's not bad on offense
I'm not one of these people who hates Steve Spurrier. I think he's very smart and very funny, and when you've been a winner as a player and coach like he has and you expect everybody around you to keep up, you can't help but be a little sarcastic when they don't.
After Vandy beat the Gamecocks in Columbia two years ago, a reporter asked Spurrier what he was going to do about his offensive line and he said, "Play ’em. This isn't the NFL, we can't trade ’em."
Last week before the Alabama game, everybody was asking him how he planned to beat the Tide and Spurrier said his team was closer in talent to Vanderbilt and that he was more worried about beating Vanderbilt.
May have been the first time in history anyone has looked past the No. 2 team in the nation to focus on Vandy — or at least said it.
Anyway, here's a few things Spurrier said about the Commodores in his recent press conference:
On playing Vanderbilt: It's a big game for us and we all know the importance of the game. Hopefully we'll be prepared to play our best one of the year. That's what it will take to beat Vandy Saturday night."
On facing Vandy the past two seasons: "They outplayed us the last two years. They were better than we were. Give them credit. We'll try to play better this year and coach better, and see if we can come out on top against Vanderbilt."
On Vanderbilt's offense: "Vandy is a team that has struggled a little on offense... They're not bad on offense. They've not thrown very well but they have run it. They run it better than we have.
On Vanderbilt's defense: "Their defensive end, No. 90 (Broderick Stewart), is a good player. He has given us some pressure. They're a zone blitz team. They do it very well. They make few mistakes. They're in position where they're supposed to be. You have to execute to beat them."
On Bobby Johnson: "Bobby has done an excellent job there. I know him a little bit. He's a South Carolina native from Columbia. They've been very competitive at Vandy. That's a difficult job. Their schedule is just as tough as ours every year. They're right there in the Eastern Division like us. They played Georgia Tech out of conference and we played NC State. Georgia Tech has proven to be better than NC State this year."