Coach's Corner with Head Coach Josh Terhune: 01/30/13 Edition
|Question # 1||Now that you've had a chance to get a few meetings with the players what is your level of confidence that everyone is on board with how you plan to do things?|
|At the meeting I let the team know as best I could what type of coach I am. I believe the rookies won’t really understand until practice starts. I am confident that they are on board. This team, these men are hungry to be coached. They are motivated for a championship. We are taking our time and really looking for players who want to be a General. I have talked with a lot of players and really let them know what we are going to achieve this season. We have found some great new players that will fit in very well with the vets. There are a few players from last year’s team that have never played for me that I’m looking forward to coaching. Players like linebackers Dewon (#25) and Ray Ballinger (#52) both showed they can play at a high level and be playmakers. JT Owens (#24) played defense last year but will be moving to offense this season as a RB. He has been a great leader during our offseason workouts. I really see him having a breakout season for us. We have also added new wide receivers Troy Summers (#5) and Maurice “Mojo” Jones (#9). Troy has played in the MSFL and even holds several records. These two guys will fit greatly into the new style offense we will be running. Mix these guys with key new rookies like linebacker Jamie Arnold (#55) and our great veteran leaders I would say I’m really confident everyone knows and understands the plan.|
|Question # 2||I recently blogged that we fans repeatedly make the mistake of believing that offenses win championships. Both New England and Denver went silently into that good night. Tell me why you believe those team's offenses failed to cause the Ravens to flinch? More importantly, is there anything you took away from those games that will make you a better coach?|
Offense*, defense, and special teams win championships. Denver never really got their offense going. Special teams scored 14 points for them. Denver's game plan was very basic…short throws, screens and run the ball. All three the Ravens are good at defending. I felt Denver never took any chances during to win. As for the Ravens went out in the second half and let it fly all over the field.
The Patriots did not have the fire power on offense to threaten the Ravens’ defense. Sometimes it just comes down to "getting it done". The Ravens’ defense set up their offense and their offense scored. Both sides just got it done.
As I watched the Denver game I couldn’t help but wonder why were they not taking chances? Then with 2 timeouts and 34 seconds remaining in regulation play they took a knee! I was shocked! I told myself I will never go out like that. We fight and play for 60 minutes to win the game. If the game goes into overtime we will be ready but we won’t settle for it. As for the Patriots’ game, it made me want to win even more. People look at the Pats and say they are a team of the past. I want our teams to be a team of the past, present, and future.
|Question # 3||The Racine Raiders did exactly what I knew they would do in the MSFL in 2012. I had the fortune of playing against them at historic Horlick Field in Racine in 2007. Their team has a great fan base and one of the best venues in minor league football. It is the only time I had ever played in front of a packed house. Have you had a chance to see them play and what are your thoughts on their legendary existence?|
|I was glad they joined the league. I have a lot of respect for the raiders. I think it’s hard for semipro teams to make it five years and look how long they have been around. The Raiders have set the bar for semipro football. All teams should look at them as to how to run a team. Then add your ideas to that successful formula and make your team special. I think the MSFL is the best league. We have top teams that are run by great men. I have a great deal of respect for teams like the Roscoe Rush, the Thunder (Chicago), both Mustang teams (Kokomo and Chicago), and the Patriots (Lincoln-Way), just to name a few. I am proud of our league and the tradition the Raiders bring.|