Willie Taggart: It's hard to say exactly what we're good at right now, but...

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 24, 2017


When Oregon opened spring practice, Willie Taggart wanted to say Oregon was good at something by the end of it.

With one week left, is he there yet? Not quite, but he said a switch flipped late last week.

“We’re pretty good at competing right now. I’m excited about that,” he said. “Our guys are getting better in every area. It’s hard to say exactly what we’re good at right now. I know at the end of spring, I’ll be able to say that. They’re getting better.

“The most important thing is getting them to practice the way we want them to practice and compete and have fun. Compete where it’s not work and stressful. Guys are having fun working, and that’s good to see. They’re learning to do it without the help of coaching. That’s encouraging.”

Asked about players’ adjustments to Taggart’s style, Taggart was quick to note several new coaches had to adjust, too. But he said things finally clicked last week, players understanding what he wants and enjoying it at the same time.

The last two practices have ben everything we wanted out of our guys, especially from a competitive and enthusiasm standpoint,” he said. “Really getting after it. Defense making plays, offense making plays, back and forth. It’s been fun to watch.”

Any reason for the switch flip?

“Repetition,” he said. “The more you do things, the better you get at it. Doing it over and over, you start to understand exactly what coach wants from you. Then when you make plays, it’s easier to make plays when you’re having fun. Repetition and when they see the enthusiasm, they feed of it. Doing it over and over again helps.”

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.