Brown Plans To Use WVU’s Open Week to ‘Reflect, Repair And Readjust’

Neal Brown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With an open date on the West Virginia football schedule this coming Saturday, Mountaineer coach Neal Brown said this is a good time for his 2-4 squad to “reflect, repair and readjust.”

Having dropped to 0-3 in the Big 12 Conference, the latest loss being a 45-20 blowout at Baylor, WVU’s coach admitted during his weekly press conference on Tuesday that changes need to be made to bring future success, but he also wasn’t about to alter his core beliefs.

“There are some things I believe are non-negotiable from a program standpoint and a schematic principle standpoint in each phase of the game. We’re not getting off that,” stated WVU’s third-year head coach. “I’m not sitting here hitting the panic button. I haven’t lost belief in our players, and I haven’t lost belief in our staff.

“What we do is we have to reflect on where we made mistakes,” he noted. “How do we continue to build on the positives? What needs to be fixed? Or maybe more importantly, how do we hide what our deficiencies are better? Then how do we readjust? I guess that’s what everybody wants to know – how do we readjust? You can’t continue to do the same things if they aren’t working. That’s really what the process of what this week is about. How do we build on our positives, and how do we diminish where our deficiencies are? Are there some younger guys who give us a better opportunity? Then where do we readjust our planning?

“But the basic tenets of our program are not changing.”

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West Virginia will spend the open week concentrating on self-improvement before it heads back to Texas for an Oct. 23 meeting with TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

“I think the bye week comes at a good time,” Brown noted on Tuesday. “Physically we’re beat up, and emotionally we’re spent. We gave (the players) Sunday and Monday off. This afternoon will be the first time I’ve seen the team (since Saturday). I met with the staff this morning; we were out recruiting yesterday. Everybody in this building is frustrated. Nobody likes losing; that’s obvious.

“We’re inconsistent,” he added. “We do some things well, and then out of the blue, the same thing we did well, two plays later we’ll make a mistake on it. That part of it is very frustrating.”

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Brown was asked Tuesday about players who normally have seen action but did not make the trip to Baylor Saturday.

He said on Saturday after the game that safety Scottie Young was dealing with a health issue.

Defensive lineman Darel Middleton and safety K.J. Martin also were absent in Waco, and Brown addressed the situation with both of those at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

“Middleton, I would say at this point is no longer with us,” said Brown, indicating the transfer from Tennessee has left the WVU squad. “Kerry was sick. He practiced Monday last week but didn’t practice anytime after that.”

West Virginia bandit VanDarius Cowan (8) pursues Baylor’s Gerry Bohanon

With 12 days before WVU’s next game, the hope is that both Young and Martin will be available for West Virginia’s contest at TCU.

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With the 2021 season now at its midpoint, the Mountaineers’ head coach admits that there have been obvious problems, but he stated he’s not ready to fold.

“I know our fans are frustrated,” Brown said. “This is the way I think about it, right or wrong, but we’re the entertainment business – that’s what we are – and when the product is not good, the people have an opportunity to complain. That’s probably what they’re doing, and I don’t blame them. It’s no different than when you go to a restaurant and the food is not good, or if you go to a movie and it’s not good, or however you get your entertainment, when the product is not good, you get complaints. But it’s not entertainment for us, the people in this building each and every day. It’s our job to get it fixed. You can’t be reactionary. I think that’s the world we live in; everything wants to be reactionary now. Well, it can’t actually be that once you’re in it. You have to find ways to fix it.

“We have to use this bye week to reflect on what’s been good and bad, and I think you do it for each phase of the game,” he explained “You repair what you can fix. That’s a big piece of it. You have to repair what you can repair. Then the last thing is you have to readjust the plan moving forward. That’s where we’re at – reflect, repair and readjust.

“We have a lot of football left. We have half a season left. Everything is doom and gloom right now, but I don’t think you approach it like that. From where I’m sitting, and when I sit in front of the team here at 2:45 this afternoon, I’m not going to be miserable. I think right now is the time to lead. It’s easy to lead when things are going well. It’s hard to lead when things are going poorly, and our performance on Saturday was poor. Right now is when we need leadership, not only from myself but also from our assistant coaches and the leaders we have on our team.

“I think now is the time you lock in and focus on your people,” Brown concluded. “We’ve got to pour into our people and meet it head-on. It is what it is. We had a bad performance. I don’t think you avoid it. You meet it head-on, and we go about your work. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s doable. We’ve played better football, and we will play better football.”

 

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    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With an open date on the West Virginia football schedule this coming Saturday, Mountaineer coach Neal Brown said this is a good ti
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    #159092

    Hope that includes having one on one sit downs with his assistant coaches and reflect their value so far.

    #159095

    It seems to me that there may be a coaching tendency to have the team take baby steps in everything. There has been nothing audacious, aggressive, bold, or surprising. If Im a player, it shows me lack of faith. Of course, Im not a coach. Im a sideline dude.

    #159100

    It seems to me that there may be a coaching tendency to have the team take baby steps in everything. There has been nothing audacious, aggressive, bold, or surprising. If Im a player, it shows me lack of faith.

    What would you suggest that would be in the audacious, aggressive, bold or surprising categories

    #159109

    Im not sure why the tendency to hold on to Doege. In some situations he has done ok but its a predictable offense. Short screen passes and Leddie Brown. Thats it. Will Crowder Im told has a pretty strong arm. Is red shirting him worth it? Greene has been semi active but generally plays a small percentage of the time Doege does. We have no deep threat that Ive seen so far.

    How many times have we blitzed, or changed defensive schemes just to change the look? Usually, they play safe. Its a coaching thing where it appears not only is the play creativity limited but the coaching forces that.

    I  see the offense and defense as very vanilla and predictable.

    Just my take.

    #159116

    Couple things about the presser format. First thing, most questions are hard to hear and not repeated. Also, the questioner is not identified. Most pressers the questioners will identify themselves. This makes it appear as if it’s just for those in the room!?
    Also (joke) is the water a coach NIL EVENT/. 🤑

    #159118

    Watched the presser on ROKU.
    There was a question by someone in the room about the portal and possible replacements for players lost. Couldn’t distinguish either the exact question or who asked it. But the resultant crux of the discussion was that one of Browns non-negotiable is to NOT ever have mass recruiting in the portal or at the JC level. The. Concentration will be at the high school level. He mentioned immediate needs that would be filled with the former but not ads regular practice! This was my take from what I could hear. If true, and. I think he inferred thus, he’s going to be around for a while! (HIS TAKE) 🤨
    Hope he’s right! That means WVU football has a good future!

    #159130

    Couple things about the presser format. First thing, most questions are hard to hear and not repeated. Also, the questioner is not identified. Most pressers the questioners will identify themselves. This makes it appear as if it’s just for those in the room!?

    As we have noted repeatedly, WVU is in charge of the audio and microphones for pressers. Please direct complaints to the sports information staff.

    Postseason tournaments and media days are the only venues in college sports where the questioner is typically asked to identify him or herself. It’s pretty much the same group of beat writers at weekly pressers and post game. (BTW, we are one of just two independent media entities to cover road games this year.)

    #159146

    The 3 R’s used to be reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic.

    I think Reflect, Repair, and Readjust are just what we need.

    BTW, KK & GH, appreciate your commitment, and I think your fairness & diligence, in the coverage and questioning.  You are WV loyalists and you have to establish relationships with coaches & staff, so direct, thoughtful, and probing questions are expected.  Angry, accusational, divisive question.s are counterproductive.

    #159173

    3 years into Football Program. I think talent is there but coaching is not.
    Moving on to Basketball Season.

    #159184

    ‘“As we have noted repeatedly, WVU is in charge of the audio and microphones for pressers. Please direct complaints to the sports information staff.
    Postseason tournaments and media days are the only venues in college sports where the questioner is typically asked to identify him or herself. It’s pretty much the same group of beat writers at weekly pressers and post game. (BTW, we are one of just two independent media entities to cover road games this year.)”

    Sorry, hadn’t seen the previous discussion about this.
    Makes sense that the questioners don’t identify themselves if the presser is just for the usual attendees. But it begs the response, why televise it to an outside audience in this format? Just asking, NOT your problem!
    Will try to get the message to the WVU sports department!
    Any suggestions as to whom or where would be best?

    #159190

    I think, due to the team experience, and the number of freshmen and sophs on the team, baby steps are needed. Don’t ask freshmen to do things they’re incapable of doing. Train and condition them so they can do those things.

    Remember, most of these players aren’t four and five stars players like Oklahoma and Texas use. Oklahoma has at least two five stars QBs on their team, WVU has never recruited a five stars QB. Their highest ranked QB ever was Geno Smith who was a four stars rated QB.

    Some of the B-12 schools have most players back from last year, Iowa State, Texas and others, but WVU has been using too many new players in the system.

    Brown declared that he wanted to build a team for lasting success. To do that, there must be good recruiting primarily using high school recruits.

    When too many JUCOs, or older transfers are added to a team, it’s to fix an immediate need, not grow a team for continual success

    #159205

    Well, I put any fandom aside in this role, and while establishing relationships is part of it, I don’t hold back on any questions that might work against them. If I think t’s a fair question, like my one about effort after the Baylor game, I am going to ask it.

    I think your last sentence is key, and it falls in line with my journalism education. I know that’s not the view of a percentage of people these days, but I’m not going to ask questions that are designed to get a hot take response. I have no fear or holdback on asking tough questions.

    #159206

    “When too many JUCOs, or older transfers are added to a team, it’s to fix an immediate need, not grow a team for continual success”

    It kinda works in basketball!?
    Baylor worked out fine!

    And watch us this year! 😉

    #159236

    Thats it. Will Crowder Im told has a pretty strong arm. Is red shirting him worth it? Greene has been semi active but generally plays a small percentage of the time Doege does. We have no deep threat that Ive seen so far.

    How many times have we blitzed, or changed defensive schemes just to change the look? Usually, they play safe. Its a coaching thing where it appears not only is the play creativity limited but the coaching forces that.

    I see the offense and defense as very vanilla and predictable.

    1) Crowder does have a strong arm. He’s also in his first few months in the program. The coaches do not think he is anywhere near ready.

    2) WVU blitzes frequently, from different angles and different positions. The bandits (Cowan and Bartett) the spear (Young) and the cat all particpate, as does the will. It changes its tactics to try to attack those of the opponent. The idea that WVU doesn make adjustments or does the same thing all the time is not true.

    Again, though, I would note that you can’t change things just to change them. That’s a sure way to have missed assignments and confusion. This team is not consistent in executing things it practices a lot – I would posit that it would be far worse in doing things that it has practiced little.

    WVU could stick Crowder in, go to a 4-3 defense and win the rest of its games. But you don’t see any team making such radical changes mid-year. It could be that all coaches in the game are limited in creativity and do the same things.

    #159237

    Good reply and I have to defer to experience and wisdom. Afterall, Im just a fan of the sport, the school,  and have not a lot of experience in the game.
    What you said makes sense.

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