UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State fans have asked about head coach Bill
O'Brien's thoughts and viewpoints on a number of topics pertaining to his
coaching style, the football program, recruiting, the uniforms and more. Below is a collection of quotes from Coach
O'Brien on several topics.
"I'm fair. I am definitely intense, especially in the football environment, on the practice field and during games. I want to give the players a chance to definitely prove themselves to our staff. We are going to do a good job teaching them the type of systems we want to run. We are going to be a very competitive team amongst ourselves and then out on the field."
"It is a gameplan offense. People ask me all the time what that means. What we are going to do is evaluate our team when we get in here as soon as we can. It probably won't happen until after recruiting. We will start a little bit of that in the next phase, but really we are going to start grinding that out after recruiting. It is a gameplan offense where we take our players and look at what the defense is doing. We put our players in the best position to make plays against that defense. It is multiple formation, multiple personnel using a lot of different players in a lot of different places. It takes a smart instinctive player to play in this system at every position, but we are going to do a good job of teaching it to our guys and getting them going on it."
"We are going to try and continue the long tradition of defensive success. We have already heard that we have a really good front seven coming back. We are going to be a multiple look defense. The best defenses that I have ever gone against are the ones that change it up on every snap, keep you guessing and keep you on your heels. That is what we are going to do. We are going to play a little bit of man coverage. We are going to play zone coverage. We are going to blitz zone. We are going to blitz man. We are going to change the front often. We are going to go from an odd front to a four down front to what we call a bear front. We are going to be an attacking style defense. I can't wait to show our guys what we are going to do there."
On Challenges of Becoming a Head Coach
"There is going to be a certain amount of learning on the job. There is no question about that. But we are going to have a very strong staff. I believe that in a situation like this that the more you can surround yourself with strong people that have either been head coaches or been in prominent positions in organizations or football programs, I think that you can't go wrong doing it that way. I am a fast learner and I have some really good ideas of how we want to do things, but again, I will have a lot of really good people around me to help me, too."
Penn State Uniforms
"I am not touching the uniform. When you turn on TV and see Penn State, everybody in the world knows that is Penn State because of the uniforms. Plus, the type of person I am, it is a team. And these guys are going to learn right away how important the team is to me. So no names on the back of the jerseys, a modest uniform - white helmets, blue jerseys - those are things that are very, very important to me. I can tell you right now that we are not touching that. That is a huge part about what we are all about."
On His Recruiting Message
"I think the number one message is what type of program we want to be. It is going to be a program of integrity. It is going to be a program of honesty. It is going to be a program of extremely hard work. It is going to be a program that is going to make Penn State people very proud. We want to be a tough, physical, smart football team on the field. And then off the field, we want to make sure we are going to class and earning our degree so that when we are done at Penn State, whether we play pro football or not, we can have a meaningful life and contribute to society in a meaningful way."
On Pennsylvania High School Football
"The first thing we all have to understand here as we come in is that we have to take care of Pennsylvania. I met with 25 of the best Pennsylvania coaches here who were voting on the Big 33 game and had a great meeting with them. I talked to them about being honest and open, and (said) we are going to recruit your guys. We want Pennsylvania kids here. I think that is how you build a team. You have a bunch of guys from a similar area with similar backgrounds where their parents can come watch them play. That is going to be a big part of what we do is recruiting Pennsylvania. Every coach on the staff will have an area of Pennsylvania they are recruiting."
Message to the Fans
"The thing I would like to tell them is that we are going to make a pledge to make them proud of this football program, both on and off the field. We are going to work very hard to field a competitive football team that wins a ton of games, and that has the right type of guys here - Penn State men - that will understand how important it is to balance football and academics. They will continue the traditions that have been going on here for many, many years. And then start our own traditions to a new era of Penn State football."
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