Fitzgerald calls win vs. No. 21 Stanford 'average performance'
Not every Northwestern coach was dancing after Saturday.
Pat Fitzgerald was not about to give praise to his team following its upset victory against No. 21 Stanford.
While everyone else in American — including me — insisted on patting his team on the back, the Northwestern coach did the exact opposite.
According to Daily Northwestern reporter Alex Putterman, Fitzgerald picked apart the Cats’ Week 1 effort.
“The offensive line play was “very average,” with “poor” body language and “too much inconsistency,” Fitzgerald said. Superbacks Dan Vitale and Garrett Dickerson “really had no impact on the game.” Quarterback Clayton Thorson made some bad decisions and “got away with some.” Kicker Jack Mitchell “has a lot of work to do.” Defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo was “inconsistent.” Players in kick coverage weren’t playing fast or physical enough. Center Brad North’s snapping problems were “unacceptable.”
Overall, Fitzgerald said, “I thought we had a very average performance as a football team on Saturday.”
So, Fitzgerald doesn’t want his team to get too big of heads after a Week 1 win. That much is clear. He might be right about saying all of those things, but it’s impossible to say that the defense was average. Six points against one of 2014’s top rushing attacks is not too shabby.
Still, you do you, Fitzgerald.