Weis discusses football issues in teleconference
- Sep. 24, 2012
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After the third straight tough loss, the Kansas Jayhawks football team heads into a bye week still searching for answers. The Jayhawks lost to the Northern Illinois Huskies 30-23 after holding the lead late in the game. The stagnation of the offense in the fourth quarter hurt the Jayhawks’ chances of coming out with a much-needed victory.
Kansas head coach Charlie Weis stated his displeasure on the Big 12 teleconference call on Monday, about Northern Illinois.
“The defense was just holding on for dear life,” Weis said. “That’s not good against a team that moves the ball that efficiently.”
Weis has been around football for the majority of his life; he realizes that bye weeks aren’t always a good thing, especially for a team that has been struggling over consecutive weeks.
“It’s never good to go into a bye after a loss, because you have two weeks to think about it instead of just one,” Weis said. “But I think we kind of got that game out of our system yesterday. That’s why we practice on Sundays, because the best way to get something out of them is to get them back on the field because they are creatures of habit.”
Weis also said that the Jayhawks need to be smarter this week when it comes to developing the team and addressing the No. 7 ranked Kansas State Wildcats.
When it comes to the in-state rival Wildcats, Weis acknowledged that the two teams are on complete different spectrums when it comes to this football season.
“They’re sitting there ranked seventh and undefeated,” Weis said. “We’re sitting here 1-3 and trying to find answers going against one of the best teams in the country.”
One of the answers might come from the backfield in junior James Sims. On Saturday against Northern Illinois, Sims played his first game since being suspended for violating teams rules during the off-season.
Even though Sims didn’t start, he had a huge effect, rushing for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Sims proved to be vital despite not being in the original game plan.
“He’s a physical runner and when we lost Taylor Cox early in the game, thank God James was there,” Weis said. “Because his workload actually started picking up more than what it was designed to be”