Bill’s Tuesday briefing (somewhat live updates)


Here’s some audio:

Bill Lynch’s reflects on Northwestern loss, looks ahead to Iowa.

Tyler Replogle shares his thoughts on the Hoosiers, Hawkeyes.

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And here are some updates I typed while Lynch was talking:

Bill’s here. He’s running through the awards for the week. He goes too quickly for me to type, but Ray Fisher was a One-Play Warrior.

Lynch sees a great opportunity ahead.

“Our guys are here obviously because they love Indiana football,” he says, “but they also want to play Big Ten football and big-time games.”

Lynch says it’s a typical Iowa team. Well coached in all facets. Does the right thing when the moment calls for it.

“We know what we’re getting into,” he says.

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Lynch says Indiana’s defensive staff did a good job of adjusting to Northwestern’s passing attack in the second half. They made adjustments in several coverages that led to the interceptions, he says.

The blocked punt was the killer, he said. And Northwestern was able to put together two long drives to win it.

“I thought the defense played better in the second half,” he says. “We didn’t make the plays there in the fourth quarter.”

Lynch says he has final say on all offensive plays. And he didn’t second-guess a single call on Saturday. His staff does a tremendous job in his estimation, and works hard (as do all coaches across the country.)

“Do I second-guess anything in that game?” he says. “No. It was a tough loss.”

On the 4th-and-1 that became Mitchell Evans’ ill-fated scramble, there were several options. Indiana had already scored from near the goal line using a QB sneak and a Darius Willis rush. So the call was made to use the Wildcat there, says Lynch.

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Lynch said his team did not get soft in the second half against Northwestern. It did not get too conservative. It is not plagued by an inability to hold leads. The effort, he says, was there.

According to Lynch, the Northwestern game wasn’t as devastating as the Virginia loss. In that game, the Hoosiers never showed what they were capable of. That wasn’t the case against the Wildcats. Indiana simply lost a tough football game. To Lynch, blowing the big lead was not all that significant since it came so early in the game. By half time, it was 28-17 and was clearly going to be a close football game in the second half.

The timing on the blocked punt, Lynch said, was “perfect.”

“We didn’t block it,” he said.

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Iowa leads the country in interceptions. Lynch attributes this to solid defense. The Hawkeyes play a strong zone and generally have defensive lines that can generate pressure.

Freshman kicker Mitch Ewald will redshirt, barring anything crazy. Nick Ford is now the backup. Ewald was hindered by injury early in the season and could never really get into the competition. Edward Wright-Baker is the only freshman who could still lose his redshirt, Lynch says.

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Lynch won’t tweak the defense much, he says, despite giving up 29 first downs to Northwestern. The Wildcats were among the leaders in first downs coming in, and Indiana did make stops. Lynch was pleased with his defense in the first and third quarters.

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8 comments:

  • Mike W #1


    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 4:02 PM EDT

    Let’s analyze a couple of things here……

    “Lynch won’t tweak the defense much, he says, despite giving up 29 first downs to Northwestern. The Wildcats were among the leaders in first downs coming in, and Indiana did make stops. Lynch was pleased with his defense in the first and third quarters.”

    ARE YOU SERIOUS???? We made a couple of stops??? Ok, fine….making a couple of stops is pretty good when you’re giving up almost 30 first downs! Besides, they were one of the leaders in this category anyway….. I hope you sense the sarcasm…The defensive effort was pathetic…but, who can blame them when they played pretty much the whole game.

    “The timing on the blocked punt, Lynch said, was “perfect.”

    “We didn’t block it,” he said.”

    Unbelievable, I’ve been saying in the stands every home game that this guy is going to get blocked. We punt WAY TOO SLOW!!! Anyone with football sense can see our punter has been pulling a plow most of the season! Its not the first one that was blocked, either.

    “Lynch says he has final say on all offensive plays. And he didn’t second-guess a single call on Saturday. His staff does a tremendous job in his estimation, and works hard (as do all coaches across the country.)

    “Do I second-guess anything in that game?” he says. “No. It was a tough loss.”

    On the 4th-and-1 that became Mitchell Evans’ ill-fated scramble, there were several options. Indiana had already scored from near the goal line using a QB sneak and a Darius Willis rush. So the call was made to use the Wildcat there, says Lynch.”

    This is just all so stupid I can’t even summon the words……”well, we used the idiotic wildcat because we had already ran Willis and a QB sneek with Chappell….” IDIOT!!! IF IT’S NOT BROKE DON’T FIX IT! The Wildcat offense is to be only used once in awhile. Its NOT an offense that should be ran on critical scoring opportunities!

    I’ve actually been more for firing Matt Canada than Lynch….I actually like Lynch….. But, since Lynch admits he okays the plays Canada calls…..he should go too. It’s one thing to lose games making sound football decisions. But its completely another to defend gaping mistakes and glaring miscues as I pointed out above…This little article proves to me he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing…

  • PARPP #2


    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 4:46 PM EDT

    Mike, you took the words out of my mouth.

  • Casey #3


    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 5:24 PM EDT

    The fact that he does NOT second guess anything about a game in which we blew a 25 point lead, allowed 29 first downs, failed to score on a 4th and goal from the 1, attempted a 59 yard field goal instead of a hail mary, and were on the wrong end of a blocked punt is what bothers me the most.

    He’d have a lot more credibility and integrity in my eyes if he could just come out and say: “Yes, we made some risky decisions, and maybe I’d do those differently if given the chance.”

  • Andrew #4


    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 6:17 PM EDT

    Mike and Casey, exactly. Unfortunately, Lynch’s comments are beyond predictable to anyone who listens to him week after week. Lose by 40? We didn’t execute. Lose a close game? No regrets, “we’ll get ‘em next time!” No matter what, he all but admits we will not adjust. Amazing. Look no further than Richard Council. He has absolutely killed us for two seasons now, and it took him playing piggy-back instead of tackling to finally get “demoted.” Why do I feel like if he would have made that tackle (after getting beat AGAIN, mind you), he would still be listed as first string?

    All that being said, I was still speechless after reading what Lynch said about the 4th down call. His rationale for the unbelievably horrific play call was ticking off 2 plays that ALREADY WORKED?!?!? Please think about that statement. I would like to know of any coach, of any sport, at any level, who thinks like that. It’s not like we had scored twice on gadget plays. We were on the 1 yard line, lining up against the only Big Ten team we have the talent advantage against. So we take out Chappell, Willis, Doss…in other words, our best offensive players. According to our head coach, we couldn’t give the ball to Willis at the 1 yard line because we’d already succeeded doing just that. Absolutely beyond belief.

  • J Pat #5


    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 6:26 PM EDT

    I am kind of cracking up and I know Mike P is too. That is all I will say on this one.

  • Mike P. #6


    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 8:29 PM EDT

    I just sit back and chuckle anymore.

  • jerry meyer #7


    Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 4:49 PM EDT

    the defensive back-s are the problem. they get beat at least 1-2 times per game for touchdowns.Take a interference call over a touchdown

  • jerry meyer #8


    Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 4:50 PM EDT

    just an observation over the years

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