Steve Addazio: I probably set it up for failure
Posted by: Chris Vannini on August 19, 2012
Sometimes, things look better when you step back and look at the big picture.
Steve Addazio wasn't very happy with Temple's scrimmage on Saturday, but he was able to realize much of that was because of the restrictions he set up.
"I don't think this was particularly one of our best days, to be honest with you," he said. "But I probably set it up for a little bit of failure. I didn't want a few guys to play very much. What happens when you do that, you probably take the rhythm out of it. I think I did that today, but that's OK. I really wanted to see some other guys, I wanted to see some other things.
"And then you handcuff the coordinators, because then how do you get in a rhythm? I sacrificed that today for a couple reasons. I really wanted to be more healthy coming out of here. So that's on me."
Earlier today, Pete wrote about what's important and what's not in a scrimmage. Addazio realized his team's limitations and the reasons for his restrictions. He just hopes the tape will make him feel a little better.
"If I had my way, we would have turned this into a live, tackling scrimmage today. That's the way it used to be," he said. "But with our depth issues, we couldn't do that today. So I didn't really get what I wanted to get, out of it, per se.
"Hopefully with film, we'll look a little better and feel a little better than I do now. That's part of what coaches do. They set up a bad situation, then they get pissed when it doesn't go the way you want it to go."
Temple opens its season against Villanova on Aug. 31.
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