It’s become Nick Aliotto’s new mantra.
Aliotti, Oregon’s gruff and outspoken defensive coordinator, continues to lament to the media ‘he and his defense are running away from good,…to be great.’
What exactly does that mean?
“If we don’t get a pass interference and score on defense on that interception…that would have been closer to great” explained Aliotti Saturday night when asked to describe his latest mantra.
“,…if we don’t have 12 men on the field when we recover a fumble…that would have been closer to great,…the bottom line is if you want to be a great team,..an elite team,..you do everything right,..everything as perfect as you can so that if you fall short of that you’re pretty close to being perfect.”
You have to love the ‘fire in the belly’ attitude of Aliotti. He consistently pushes the boundaries to achieve excellence,…and his players certainly respond.
“We really try to limit excuses and just think about what you can do” said Duck cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu after the game when asked about playing in difficult conditions.
“You can say it was rainy and that you can’t make that catch, but maybe you have to catch the ball with your chest and not your hands next time. You can’t make excuses. You just have to think positive and think of how you can do something to help your team win the game.’’
VIDEO; Watch Nick Aliotti’s post game press briefing by clicking the arrow in the video box above.