Oregon Football

Mario Cristobal Monday Press Conference

December 2, 2019

On Monday it was a double-dose of Mario Cristobal following an early Ducks practice. Coach Cristobal spent roughly 15 minutes on the Pac-12 coaches teleconference, along with Kyle Whittingham.

Following that he spent another 15 (ish) minutes with local media in the HDC. Below are some of the top quotes from each of those sessions in chronological order. 

Video will not be available for the teleconference but we will post the video of his press conference in the HDC when available.

On Penei Sewell/O Line:

“Extremely smart, tremendous football IQ. He’s the best one I’ve been around. We’re fortunate we have 5 guys we feel great about. They allow you to execute at a relatively high level.”

On Playing Late Into Season:

“What everyone understands is your wiggle room and your margin of error becomes less and less. Just another opportunity this week to elevate your processes.” 

On Importance of Line Play:

“I think every game nowadays, especially this time of year, I think play in the trenches is always going to have a big role in the way a game is played.”

Singling Out Utah Offensive Stars:

“They have excellent players across the board. It’s hard to single out one.”

On Working with the O-Line Pre-Game:

“I can’t help myself, that’s the first part. Warmup, pre-game it has to look, sound a different way. That’s the temperature, the pulse of the team. I’ll make up any excuse to be there.”

Injury Report:

“Jake Hanson has been full-go. Is practicing and will play. Daewood Davis practiced half of practice, he’ll be a decision later this week.”

On the Offense:

“When you have a QB like we do, and we run the ball effectively, I think you have to take your shot down the field. We didn’t perform to our standard. Some things we do really well usually we were off. There is no comfort in almost doing it, you just have to get better.”

TOP & Utah Offense:

“Time of possession is important in any game. They’re offense does a good job controlling the clock. That combination is a very dangerous combination.”

Missing Jake Hanson:

“Jake is an excellent player, when you lose a guy that touches the ball on every snap, it’s going to be important. I feel confident that our guys are ready to play and to play well. I thought Calvin (Throckmorton) did a great job out there.”

Short Week of Prep:

“You certainly can’t squeeze an extra day in there. You’ll probably hurt your team more than you’ll help it. You have to really plan it out early. You can’t compromise work but you can’t overload it. We find that balance. There’s no substitute for working. Our team always knows nothing but our very best will be good enough.”

On Utah:

“Teams play so different defensively in this conference. This is about as wide of a scheme as you’ll see offensively. Overall they are the best defense we’ll face. These are mature bodies. These are big guys that are agile. They do a great job technically. They make it really tough to get any push at the line of scrimmage, they do a great job.”

Losing a week of Recruiting:

“It’s almost like the NFL model. I think when a team goes to a championship, you lose a week of recruiting. We manage it really well. We haven’t skipped a beat. You have to be able to balance both, whatever it takes. The coaching carousel is never going away. I’m always in favor of helping guys if they can advance their careers. I always ask the staff, don't let me hear it on the street, in third person. You always fight to recruit an elite staff.”



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