FROM PULLMAN -- It's Tuesday (breaking news, I know), which means coach Mike Leach made his weekly appearance on the Pac-12 coaches call. Here's a recap of his comments.
(Question about talking to the Patriots about offense and influence of college game on NFL) "The NFL has a huge pile of film. They get everybody's film from every game, so if somebody ever needs film on somebody you get a well-placed guy in the NFL and they’ll get it to you. I don’t know what specifically but if you look at nfl offenses over the years,offensively we’re the same as we have been. The NFL has definitely altered closer to college where they spread it out and they throw it a lot. With regard to us, you see a lot of that screen game, option routes, underneath slants, layered routes, crossing routes. That’s where they’re moving people around."
(On whether he expected more out of his offense) "Probably both. You always want as much as possible as early as possible. I knew we were going to have to paly a lot of young guys, lot of new faces hadn’t played. Offensive line, none of them played beside each other last year, some didn’t paly at all. I knew it was going to be a work in progress but we just have to continue to learn to get better."
(On Oregon's chances as a title contender) "I think they’re a good team, no question. I think they’re real well coached, I think they’re quick. Don’t know they’re as physical as some of the other teams that would be in the conversation but every team’s got their strengths and things they do well, but if you’re going to feature speed you have to give up a little bit of brute force to do it. I do think they belong in that conversation."
(On California) "I think they’re a good team. Of the programs in the Pac-12, they currently have the second-most in the NFL … I think it hasn’t come together for them quite the way they expected but I think they’re certainly talented."