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Mickey Joseph had his first ‘Sports Nightly’ interview as Nebraska’s interim head soccer coach Thursday. The interview was initially scheduled for primetime, 7 pm
Except, Joseph moved the interview up an hour to six pm. He had a highschool sport to catch.
It’s been a head-spinning sort of busy week for Joseph, who was named the Huskers’ interim head coach final Sunday, the identical day Scott Frost was fired after amassing a 16-31 general report in 47 video games. Sitting again and kicking up his toes is the very last thing the Louisiana native needs to do.
During his hour-long interview with host Greg Sharpe, Joseph touched on a large number of matters as he prepares his workforce to face No. 6 Oklahoma (2-0) this weekend. Here are the highlights.
Changes on protection?
One of the largest problems with the 2022 Huskers has been the protection. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander‘s unit has not stopped the run via three video games as opponents are averaging a staggering 5.65 yards per carry.
On Tuesday, Joseph talked about he is made tweaks to teaching tasks. Along with former analyst Mike Cassano teaching the receivers in a full-time assistant position, Chinander continues to be the coordinator, however will coach the safeties now. Travis Fisher is simply teaching the corners as a substitute of corners and safeties.
“We talked about doing a little various things on protection,” Joseph stated. “It comes right down to hole integrity. We did a very good job this week of being in our gaps.”
Joseph did not wish to get into particular schematic adjustments on reside radio, saying “that may be a foul concept.”
The coach did point out “you may see some adjustments” however did not point out what.
No more Blackshirts
Joseph confirmed that he has, in truth, taken away the Blackshirts from a number of the defensive gamers. It’s nothing unfavourable, the coach stated.
Joseph simply needs a recent begin.
“We talked about beginning a brand new period. Everybody’s received a clear slate. So we’re 0-0,” Joseph stated. “Now, it is like we’re ranging from the start. So we’ll follow and earn these Blackshirts. I’m assured that they will get them again, however it wasn’t taken away from them due to the sport. If we are saying everybody’s received a clear slate, nicely, we’ve to offer different children an opportunity to get the Blackshirts too.”
One workforce, one heartbeat, Joseph stated. He’ll give them again when he thinks he ought to.
Joseph met with the 4 captains — plus Casey Thompson
Joseph stated he met with the 4 captains — Nick Henrich, Garrett Nelson, Travis Vokolek and Caleb Tannor — to speak about his imaginative and prescient for the workforce. But there was one other participant invited to that assembly — quarterback Casey Thompson.
“All 4 of them I introduced in, and I additionally introduced Casey in, as a result of he is the quarterback,” Joseph stated. “I’ve a superb relationship with these children. And they understood what I wished to do, and so they know it may be a little bit totally different. I’m going to be a little bit more feistier and a little bit more in your face. And I demand you do issues the proper means.”
Each participant was receptive to the adjustments, the coach stated.
No more music at follow
Joseph made the change of not blasting music at follow, which is widespread in school soccer. Why? He needs his workforce to carry his personal power — that is what gamers have to do in video games anyway.
“Energy? That’s what we’re preaching proper now,” he stated. “The children have a variety of power. The coaches have a variety of power. The trainers have a variety of power. The power coaches have a variety of power. Energy needs to be all through the constructing. Because I believe that is what pushes you to be nice, is that you’ve power to do it.”
Practices have been shorter, however quicker
When he was a receivers coach, Joseph and Cassano graded their receivers off their sport movie. The coaches regarded for “loafs” the place the receivers did not go full velocity on a play or in the event that they draw back from contact. Sometimes, there’d be six or seven loafs out of 70-75 performs, which is just too many, Joseph stated.
So loafs can be one factor Joseph can be monitoring himself throughout the complete workforce in his new position, not simply the receivers.
“This week, I’ve seen effort in follow. I’ve seen it,” Joseph stated. “Now, coaches are pushing them. ‘Hey, let’s run, we’re operating, we’re transferring.’ And everyone seems to be screaming the identical factor, ‘Transition, let’s go, let’s get there.’ So follow has been shorter, however follow has been quicker.”
The locker room won’t ever be divided beneath Joseph’s watch
With Nebraska’s offense being largely productive via three video games whereas the protection has struggled to get stops, is Joseph fearful a few fracture throughout the workforce within the locker room?
Simply put, no.
“This is a high-character workforce. These are good children, good boys,” Joseph stated. “There’s not going to be any finger pointing. Even when Frost was right here, he did not permit that. When there was a loss, we put it on the coaches and say, ‘We have to teach you higher.'”