With a quarter of the 2013 season in the books, Oregon’s defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti still see’s a lot of room for improvement when it comes to the Ducks defense.
“We’re probably around a c-plus” said Aliotti after Tuesday’s practice when asked to grade out his squad.
“I’d say it’s a solid c-plus right now,…probably because I’m just a tough grader but as long as we continue to improve I’ll be happy.”
After winning the first four games of this young season, Aliotti has seemed anything but happy,…but then again, the Ducks veteran defensive coordinator seems to always hold himself and his defense to a much higher standard.
After Saturday’s 55-16 win over Cal, Aliotti reminded anyone who’d listen he and his team is still ‘running away from good,…to be great.’
Aliotti pointed to a pass interference call that negated a pick-6 by Oregon safety Avery Patterson.
“It’s those kinds of mistakes and details that come back to bite you” explained Aliotti after Saturday’s win.
As a player…or a colleague, Aliotti is the guy you’d jump into any foxhole with.
His brash personality, intelligence and obvious love for the game exudes not just confidence to his players, but he also relishes each and every opportunity to compete and somehow passes that distinctive and valuable trait along to his players.
He’s a master strategist who also knows how to manipulate every ounce of effort, out of every member of his squad.
Admittedly, Aliotti is a tough minded, gruff perfectionist.
While other players outside of the Oregon ‘culture’ might find those personality traits impossible, those inside of this Duck defensive team seem to follow Aliotti ( without hesitation ) into those proverbial foxholes.
“I love the attitude of our team right now” say’s Aliotti.
“I love the energy I feel from them,…I just hope we continue to improve and play better and lead the country in effort….I want them to lead the country in effort…and lead the country in being good people on and off the field….that’s what I want more than anything.”
VIDEO; Watch Tuesday’s press briefing with Nick Aliotti by clicking the arrow in the video box above.