Kirk Ferentz Postgame Transcript
Sept. 29, 2012
COACH FERENTZ: Needless to say, we're thrilled to get the victory today. Minnesota is a good football team. They're very well coached. They played hard today, just like we would expect them to do.
Really the credit goes to our players. I thought they did a great job of coming to the game ready to play, and played really well in all three phases, particularly in the first half, but really the whole game.
We got off to a good start just because the players worked hard and played well. We're thrilled to get the victory.
Q. You had good field position from special teams through the first half.
Today is one of those days where it finally felt like we were working in all areas together. When that happens, that's a good thing.
Our kicking game was really a big asset for us. That's good to see. Our coverage was a lot better. That's been hurting us. Now the next step is can we do it consistently.
Q. Is the running game what makes the flea-flicker work?
Q. Did you put that in this week?
Q. Do you remember the last time you used it?
Q. (Question regarding the seniors.)
That meant a lot to everybody on our team. I thought our seniors did a great job of giving us leadership all week long. Certainly today they did the same. So I'm happy for those guys.
Q. Last week, do you explain it as maturation for your team?
We went into this five week block knowing that every week was really going to be important. What I haven't explained to them yet, I will tomorrow, the rest of these weeks are going to be really important, too. This five week block was really critical.
We know we got a lot of young players, a lot of inexperienced guys. The whole thing is to move forward and grow. We did some things, believe it or not, last week that were better than we've done them. But when you lose, it typically doesn't show up.
Today at least we took a step forward. That's what you have to do every week.
Q. A lot of confidence on your left offensive line. You ran to the left most of the time. Also the protection they provided, pretty good pass rush.
I think he broke down there a couple times right at the turn of the third, fourth quarter. That's going to happen with a guy on his first start. We kind of anticipated a couple rough spots along the way.
I thought for the most part they were doing a good job with the run blocking. I thought we handled their speed a lot better than we did in our opening ballgame. We didn't handle speed very well in that game. So I think we're progressing, particularly on the outside with our tackles. I thought that was a step forward, too.
Q. Weisman read it well.
Q. (Question regarding the defensive line.)
But it's a process. It's like all the stuff, it's a process. It's a young group. They work hard. Trinca Pasat, nobody has worked harder than him since January. Went from being our lowest ranked defensive lineman. Month before that he quit. Wasn't sure he wanted to play. Kind of the Pat Angerer story. Comes back. In January he's ranked down there at the bottom. He's worked to the point right now where I don't think we trust anybody more on our team than him.
He's a great story. But all those guys are working hard. It's just good to see. They had some success today. Hopefully we can build on that now.
Q. Are you glad you have a week off?
Whatever the schedule is, that's what you get. Our mindset is, we have five games. That's what we've been focused on. Really happy. You don't want to go into a bye off a loss, that's for sure, or back to back losses. So that's a positive.
We still have a lot of things we need to work on. I think with this team in particular, at this point in the season, it's probably an advantage for us.
Q. Talk about tight ends, Hamilton.