Football enters bye week, Brock laments inconsistency
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 21:10
After Saturday’s homecoming victory against Albany, Delaware football head coach Dave Brock said the team was “consistently inconsistent,” but the Hens will take it in stride.
At his weekly press conference yesterday, Brock clarified his comment, stating the team works hard to be consistent, but it sometimes can be difficult.
“As a core belief, I think that consistent people and consistent players will ultimately yield a consistent performance, and right now, we’re not doing that,” Brock said. “I think consistency in their academic life, consistency in their social life. I think that plays into it, and I think you have to be a consistent person to get consistent performance, and we’re striving for that every day. We talk about it every day. I think we have it in us, I think we’re capable, I don’t think we have any excuses.”
The football team has a bye week heading into a game at Rhode Island on Oct. 26. Brock said the team will practice tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, with Sunday being reserved for preparation for Rhode Island.
Brock said he stressed to the players while they do not have a game Saturday, the job at hand will still be the same in practice.
“Sunday will be a little bit more like a Tuesday practice, because of the time off, but the players will have four days where they don’t practice,” he said. “I’ve tried to make sure that everybody in the organization—coaches, players, everybody else understands that not playing a game does not mean off. We are not off, so we have to have a very productive week, and we have to make the week mean a lot in terms of our ability to go out and produce—not only against Rhode Island, but for the next five weeks.”
Delaware has scored an average of 34.1 points per game to their opponents’ 32.8. This is a positive increase from this time last season, when the Hens’ record was 4-2 overall, but had a 1-2 CAA record, eventually falling to a 5-6 overall record and a 2-6 CAA mark under former head coach K.C. Keeler.
Senior kicker Sean Baner said the team’s skill and ability to think will be able to continue to win.
“I think we’re doing fine, I think we’ve had a couple bumps in the road, couple learning curves, but this team is strong, mentally strong, and we’ve been through the tough situations now,” Baner, who kicked Saturday’s game-winning field goal, said. “I don’t know if there’s another tough situation that we can go through that is as tough as being down by eight points with three minutes left and have to get the two-point conversion. But this team, we know what we’re capable of, and it’s up to us to really determine our destiny.”
Baner said he will spend some of his bye week at home, like many of his other teammates.
Overall, Brock said he was fairly pleased with the first half of the season, but the team can accomplish more.
“I feel like after seven weeks, we’ve put ourselves in a position where the goals and the aspirations that we had at the start of the season are attainable, they’re doable, which is good,” he said. “I think at this point, right now, I would clarify and classify that we have one quality win over James Madison, I think that was probably made clear after they were able to beat Richmond this past weekend in a really, really good game. We’re going to have to beat some good people to do the things we talked about doing and our goals are to be a playoff team and we want to win the CAA.”