UAlbany football head coach Greg Gattuso grew up in Pittsburgh, during the heyday of coach Chuck Knoll’s lineage with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was a tenet of Knoll’s philosophy that Gattuso found himself going back as the Great Dane spent his bye week from his 0-3 start.
“He always talked about going back to basics,” Gattuso said during a teleconference with the CAA’s weekly coaches’ correspondents. “What I’ve found is that some of our issues are simple concepts. It’s not a matter of preparation, it’s more execution, and are we putting too much weight on our kids? We’ve tried to see that we Evaluate and simplify what you are doing, and execute it optimally to have a chance to win.”
Gattuso hopes the “back to basics” mentality will benefit Ulbani when he gets back to work on Saturday at 3 p.m. on the road against Delaware.
It’s been a rough start for Ulbani (0-1 CAA, 0-3 overall), tripping to perennial FCS powerhouse North Dakota State in its September three game, a tough CAA game against Rhode Island in the Great Danes’ home opener. is included. ACC’s journey through the Thruway to face Syracuse.
After three losses, Gattuso is trying to keep his team steady in the flesh of his program.
“The hardest part,” said Gattuso, “is trying not to let anyone panic. It was a very difficult opening event, probably too much for someone to play in our conference, and it didn’t get any easier. Happen.
UAlbany’s next tough round involves two nationally ranked top 15 teams – No. 8 Delaware on Saturday, then No. 11 Villanova on October 16 after their October 9 road game against William & Mary. will have to face.
It is a tough task ahead for a team struggling to find its mark, although Gattuso saw positive signs – both in execution and attitude – during the goodbye week.
“I have a lot of confidence in my football players. I love these kids,” he said. They’ve wagged their tails, and they’re annoyed and disappointed that we haven’t played better. Their mindset is, ‘We should be 3-0,’ and if we had played better, we would have had a chance for that goal. They want to be better and I have a lot of faith in them.”
To that end, Gattuso said his team is not making “any drastic changes” to the Delaware game.
Instead, it is a matter of correcting the mistakes that have plagued Ulbani so far this season. Most of them come on the offensive end, where a reconstructed offensive line has allowed senior running back Karl Mofor room on 41 carries for only 109 yards, while also surrendering 17 quarterback sacks.
“We definitely have to run the ball more effectively,” Gattuso said. “That’s probably the biggest thing. The second biggest thing is that we’re not protecting our quarterbacks enough.
“Some of it is situational. Some of it is you get behind in these tough arenas and it’s hard to communicate in the domes, but at the end of the day we have to protect our quarterbacks. We have some planned things out there that open up.” Well, sometimes we can’t get them football.”
In Delaware (1-0, 2-1), UAlbany faces a team that is also coming off a bye week after losing to an FBS opponent. The Blue Hens dropped a 45–13 decision at Rutgers on 18 September, but came into that game when they won their first two after the spring season, with coach Danny Rocco’s team reaching the FCS semi-finals.
Gattuso hopes his team is more prepared to rest after this week.
“We knew these first three weeks were going to be brutal, and it doesn’t get easy,” he said. “But, I think we are more prepared for the stretch run starting in Delaware on Saturday.”
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