Sunday, August 2, 2015
CHAMBLIN'S AIRPORT COMMENTS
HOW DO YOU KEEP THE TEAM'S SPIRITS UP?
CC: That's always tough, regardless of the situation. The guys that were in that room last night are the same guys that have been in the room. We'll sit down and find ways to not only have a good fight but always come out with the win. That's the toughest thing right now - you're doing some things right and there are some things that are not being done right. With all the things that we've had go against us, we have to find ways to get out of it.
HOW MUCH OF THIS IS ON YOUR SHOULDERS?
CC: Being the head coach, that's a part of it. It doesn't matter how much I want to take or don't want to take, being the head coach that's what it is. The one thing I said I'd never do is start to point fingers which I never do. My job is to give this team hope. My job is to make sure that until it's actually done, to keep life and keep pushing this team forward.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO BETTER?
CC: I can't throw the ball. I can't run the ball. Like anything else, I think I can just keep the course with what I'm doing. Me doing something better, I'm not sure what a head coach could do better. I'm constantly analyzing myself, analyzing where I am. Doing better? I can't give you that answer right now. If I could, I would do it.
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE ADVERSITY THE TEAM'S FACED?
CC: You guys understand that. You can see that. I'm never going to rely on an excuse. I'm not built that way. There's reality and there's excuses. The reality is we have had adversity. I think the good mark of any good football team and any good coach is fighting through the adversity and that's what we're doing.
WHY DID YOU PULL QB BRETT SMITH?
CC: That had nothing to do with Brett's play at that point. That was just one of those things where I told Jacques, "Let's see Tino". That was not a negative towards Brett. I told Brett, "You're not being pulled. I just want to see Tino at this point". It was at the point where the game wasn't going to be won. A lot of people asked why we didn't leave Brett in to get those reps but we have to see what Tino has at this point also.
WHAT HAPPENED IN YOUR EXCHANGE WITH NIC DEMSKI?
CC: The one thing you'll never see is me light into guys on the sideline. That's very negative when you see that. I get after the guys enough, but I don't like to do it on the sidelines. I might have been wrong for doing it to Nic but I didn't light into Nic. The actual conversation was about me saying, "This is an opportunity for you to fight. Don't have your head down". That's what I lit into him about, because he had his head down. I never want to see a player come off the field with his head down. I don't care what the situation is -- never give up. That's what I got after is -- don't ever put your head down.