BOZICH | Petrino reviews movies, special teams, Duke's game plan
Bobby Petrino reviewed "The Accountant," Duke's deliberate game plan and the Cardinals' kicking game during his Monday press conference.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Ann Hornaday handles movie reviews for the Washington Post and Tony Kornheiser’s podcast. Brooks Barnes reviewed "The Accountant" for the New York Times.
Another voice trumped those two admired critics during the weekly football press conference at the University of Louisville:
The biggest upset of the weekend in the ACC wasn’t Syracuse taking down Virginia Tech. It was Petrino stepping away from televised college football to watch, “The Accountant,” which star Ben Affleck and took in nearly $25 million over the weekend, according to the New York Times.
“I liked it,” Petrino said. "Thumbs up. Go see it … one of those shoot ‘em up, kill ‘em movies. It was pretty interesting."
I don’t remember Petrino reviewing films 10 years ago — or even two seasons ago. Good for him. Nice to see he’s recognized it’s beneficial to step away from breaking down practice video.
"You’ve got to get away,” he said. “And then get up Sunday and come in here and grind away. Sometimes I go outside and just stay away from the TV."
Petrino said he did watch the Clemson-North Carolina State game early Saturday afternoon. Didn’t everybody who follows U of L? The Cards play host to the Wolfpack Saturday at noon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
But after that?
Not much football.
Said Petrino, “I’ll be real honest with you, like after our game … I don’t watch Sports Center. I don’t turn on football. I don’t watch ‘Remember the Titans,’ or whatever that show is.
“You get whole fill of football here now. And you go home, I watch NCIS, something like that. I get tired of it a little bit. You get a little break from it.”
Petrino did also deliver a pair of Thumbs Down reviews. He is not a fan of the burn-the-clock, run-the-ball attack that Duke coach David Cutcliffe employed to shorten the game during the Cards’ 24-14 victory Friday night.
Petrino was also not dazzled by his team’s kicking game, especially the two missed field goal attempts.
Is Petrino concerned that N.C. State or another opponent will employ the deliberate approach that nearly worked for Duke? What would he try if another team follows Cutcliffe’s plan?
“The first thing I’d do is stay awake,” Petrino said. “That’s the first thing. That’s some boring stuff now.”
A wink from the coach.
“I’m just kidding. Kind of.”
Petrino was not winking about Louisville’s field goal game. For the season, Louisville has converted seven of 11 field-goal attempts, missing kicks from 28, 48 43 and 42 yards.
“We took the two weeks of the bye and (had) competition and it was going well and it didn’t work out real well in the game,” Petrino said.
“So whatever approach I’ve taken hasn’t worked out very well. So we’ve just got to keep working at it and keep going. We don’t have any experience there. But you can’t go out and miss two field goals like we did the other night. So I’ve got to do a better job. That’s on me.
“Blanton (Creque) did a really nice job (Sunday) night. We had a deal (competition) for them last night. I thought he did a great job with that. One of the things in the two weeks we had off, (Evan) O’Hara was kicking the ball really well.”
One guy is a left-footed, the other uses his right foot. Each has different strengths. Petrino was asked if he likes having guys who approach the job in different ways.
“I’d like to have one who’s going to put it through the uprights,” he said “That’s the good one.
“A lot of it is not just the kicker, too. It’s more than that. It’s the operation. The snap, the hold, the placement of the ball.
“We missed a field goal the other night because we didn’t mark the ball correctly. We’re supposed to line it up at a certain spot and we were wrong. We were off by a half a yard and it almost got blocked off the short side of the field which I’m convinced caused him to pull the ball. That was an alignment issue which should never happen.
“We lost a game one time at TCU where you tell the kicker to spot the ball 7 yards, 7 yards back from (the snap). At TCU, we hit the upright and it bounced forward. the ball was 7 1/2 yards from the spot. The spot was 7 1/2 yards from the ball, from the line of scrimmage.
“There’s a whole lot to it and we’re just not precise enough in all aspects to be where we need to be.
“We’ve got to better at it. We’ve got to work really hard because we’re going to have a game this year that will probably come down to a last-second field goal.”
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