Pasqualoni reacts the day after Towson loss
He said he thought quarterback Chandler Whitmer was "jittery", the offensive line's pass protection was pretty good except when junior defensive end Ryan Delaire was matched up on RT Xavier Hemingway (starting in place of concussed Kevin Friend), UConn made too many mistakes to win against a team as good as Towson.
Here's what he had to say
ON MAKING PERSONNEL MOVES
"We are in the process of grading the film and making evaluations. Overall as a team we didn’t play well enough as a team and that certainly includes the quarterback position. I thought Chandler was a little bit jittery in our opener. He did the same thing last year in our game against UMass when we opened the season. It was kind of the same first-game jitter thing so we are going to work. Fortunately we’ve got two weeks until Maryland and we are going to work on it. I am confident that Chandler will perform better at the next outing. Of course we are going to work the two backup quarterbacks, the three backup quarterbacks hard. Last night when he got the ball out on time Chandler really threw the ball well. When we didn’t get the ball out on time, it didn’t look very good
FOLLOWING UP ON HIS COMMENT THAT WHITMER HAD TROUBLE SEEING OVER THE TOWSON DEFENSIVE LINE
Part of it was being a little bit jittery. Sometimes it was seeing over the rush and other times when you are not an extremely tall quarterback, you are a 6-foot, 6-foot-1 guys you’ve got to kind of slide around in the pocket to find a window to throw the ball in. He’s done that a lot better than he did it last night. For whatever reason there are times when he did it well and got the ball off and it was pretty impressive and there were a number of times when he did not get into the window to throw the ball and consequently was forced to throw the ball around. That is something that he is going to have to work on and we are going to work on.
WHY GEREMY DAVIS AND SHAKIM PHILLIPS DIDN'T GET MORE BALLS THEIR WAY
Those guys made some catches out there, they are big physical guys. There are a few things Shak and Geremy can do better too. It was frustrating because there were other opportunities to get the ball to those guys. We have got to be able to execute
PLAY OF OFFENSIVE LINE
One of the bright spots for me last night after going through the film was the protections were really pretty good. I thought we had a little bit of trouble with a young player No. 75 (Xavier Hemingway) on No. 56 (Ryan Delaire) for Towson who is a good pass rusher and a very god inside pass rusher. If I had to do it over again I would probably have tried to help No. 75 a little bit more on the protection. Having said that I think one of our bright spots was our protection because a high percentage of the time the protection was really very good
STRUGGLES OF THE DEFENSE
Defensively we adjusted as the game went on but we could have done a better job on some of those runs early in the game. We improved as the game went on. We lost leverage on a couple of plays that came out of there. It was not something we had worked a great deal on so we had to adjust those two things I could have done better and staff could have done better with.
INJURY TO WR KAMAL ABRAMS
That hurt, he hurt his knee just twisted his knee warming up. He is getting an MRI today.
HOW PLAYERS ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD
The kids are going to see that we made far too many mistakes in this game. Again this Towson team has good players. With all the mistakes that we made, if we were able to hold on to that punt with three minutes to go we still have a two-minute drill to try to get the game tied despite everything that happened up to that point
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We can’t give up those plays. This is the third year and we have a tendency to give up a play in the back end. Taylor gave one up, that long pass to Leon (Kinnard). Byron gave one up. He was all over the guy and just didn’t make a play on the ball. We’ve got to do a better job. I think those guys were capable, they were right where they needed to be. Taylor just kind of tripped and stumbled. He’s made that play. He’s made that play against good teams but he has to be more consistent. It is just frustrating as can be.
GETTING TIGHT ENDS MORE INVOLVED IN PASSING GAME
McQuillan had a nice play. Coverage dictated that the ball didn’t get to the tight end as much as we would have liked. Both of those guys are very capable as receivers. As the season moved on I am optimistic they will be a bigger part of the offense
IS HE ADJUSTING THE EXPECTATIONS?
I am not adjusting anything. We have to establish the identity of the team and the expectation is to have a successful season so we are not adjusting anything
THOUGHTS ON COSTLY MISTAKES
We dropped a punt, we had the ball on the 1-yard line and missed getting into the end zone. There were opportunities there that we didn’t cash in on. We gave the ball away a couple of times, we missed the 4th-and-1 with the sneak so we left some points out there.
REACTION TO BOOING BY THE FANS THROUGHOUT GAME
I think it was very disappointing to the fans. I am totally aware of that and I totally get that. I am totally disappointed for the players and the staff so we understand that. We are making every effort to put out a team and a product on the field that the fans can be proud of and we are going to continue with that goal
I think what was even more disturbing (and it is the subject of the story I wrote for tomorrow's paper) is how little pressure the UConn front four put on Towson QB Peter Athens. I don't even know if they needed to throw Athens' jersey in the wash when the Tigers got home. One stat that jumps out at me is that there were 25 unassisted tackles credited to the Huskies and 14 of them were registered by defensive backs. What that tells me is that the front seven simply wasn't involved enough.