Freeze: We just cannot take negative plays in this offense and survive

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Wednesday April 18, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 17, 2012

Hugh Freeze's first spring practice period at Ole Miss is just about complete.  The Rebels practiced on Tuesday afternoon, will practice again on Thursday, and end spring drills on Saturday afternoon with the Grove Bowl.

At this point, the offense hasn't been able to consistently stay ahead of the chains, preventing the Rebels to utilize their fast tempo, which is a big part of Freeze's offensive philosophy.

Following Tuesday's practice, Freeze said, "Offensively, just we do not have awareness of staying on schedule.  We just...from quarterbacks to receivers to running backs, 2nd & 3's become 3rd & 6's because we don't understand it's 2nd & 3.  We've got to stay on schedule."

"We just cannot take negative plays in this offense and survive.  I can live with 3rd & 7, but I can't live with 3rd & 10, 11, or 12.  When we get two downs, we've got to stay in front of the chains somewhere. Obviously, we'd like to be in 3rd & 3.  Just don't put us in a position where it's always 3rd & 12 or 2nd & 12.  2nd & 10 is okay, but not 2nd & +10's.  Just stay in front of the chains."

As mentioned, Ole Miss will play their spring game on Saturday at 1 pm.  The game will be shown LIVE on CSS.

After that, Freeze will hand over the team to head strength coach Paul Jackson, who recently got absolutely trucked on the sideline at practice. (See video below)

Freeze isn't really worried about that trucking, but did say, "Paul (Jackson) has his work cut out for him, getting them ready for our tempo stuff throughout summer workouts."

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