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2.25.2009

Jeff Grimes speaks, 2/25

You know the drill. Jeff Grimes, hired away from Colorado in January, now will share his thoughts about the Tigers' offensive line.
  • On the personnel situation: "We have several guys that have some ability, and even more importantly, I think we have some guys that can create some competition. I can rip their fanny all I want but if they know they’re going to be on the field because they’re the best guy, in some cases, it’s not going to make a difference what I say."

  • On overall problems with depth: "It’s an urgent priority. We would have liked to have signed more. It just didn’t work out that way. We’d like to have at least 15, and preferably 17, offensive linemen on scholarship at all times. So we’re at 10 right now, and signed two. We’re not near where we need to be."

  • On the challenge of being physical from a two-point stance: "The way I’m going to coach this deal is that we’re going to be physical on every stinkin’ play. It doesn’t matter if it’s an inside run, an outside run, screen or drop-back pass. Our job is to be physical and finish every play to the whistle regardless of what it is."

  • He said Ryan Pugh will play center.

  • He made several references to Andrew McCain at right tackle.

  • He isn't using the start from scratch approach Malzahn discussed at quarterback. Here's why: "I don’t want to discount some of the things that have been done by some guys that have had success. We’ll certainly have a starting point but we’re not going to necessarily line up and say, ‘You guys are No. 1 until you lose the job.’ We’re going to say, ‘You guys have the opportunity to start out here,’ but this guy right here is right behind him and it may vary by day or by series."

17 Comments:

Blogger michael said...

If Jeff Grimes speaks, but no one is there to post a comment, does it make a noise?

4:35 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

It makes noise....I heard it!!! And I LIKE IT...I LIKE IT A LOT!!!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Apparently not.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I stand corrected.

4:39 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

if a butterfly lands in colorado, does it cause a quake in california?

4:39 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Grimey!!!

He says "We're not a deep offensive line from a depth standpoint."

4:40 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

oh, jgt, pink is the new white in shirtware.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Pink?

4:45 PM  
Blogger michael said...

OK, I'm here. HABOTN has been saved.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Looks like Coach Grimes has a black right eye, or is that just a shadow on my computer screen?

4:51 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It is a black eye.

I was waiting to see who would identify that first. Congratulations to Kathy, our HABOTN Sleuth of the Month.

(He said it was the product of a collision with his bull mastiff. Those are some big dogs.)

4:54 PM  
Blogger michael said...

So the black eye is a little more real than the blood franklin had on his head last fall?

4:56 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

My friend has a mastiff that weighs 155 lbs. Those dogs are ponies! Can you imagine that car ride from Colorado to Auburn?

5:23 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

truly, tis pink. pastel pink, if you will, but pink, nonetheless. my wife lost 4 of her upper front teeth in a skull to mouth collision with one of my heelers (bred to have thick skulls, as they bite sheep/cattle on the hind legs to get them moving). thousands of dollars later, she has a normal smile.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Just read where he had to have his dog put to sleep. Now I'm sad :o(

6:10 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

that's never a good time. miss mine much.

6:18 PM  
Blogger §teve said...

It sounds like Grimes thinks our offensive line was better than many think. He must have not watched the MSU game yet.

6:49 PM  

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