Never one to mince words, Oregon defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti was at it again on Tuesday when he called Pac-12 officials ‘horrible’, and suggested ‘they don’t understand the game.’
Aliotti provided his colorful commentary when asked if Washington State’s passing attack would stress the Ducks secondary when the two teams meet Saturday in Autzen Stadium.
Answering the question, Aliotti said he expects the Cougars to put stress on his DB’s by using a vertical passing game and could benefit by attracting a ‘pass interference call.’
“They better be on their game every down,…because they ( WSU ) throw the ball so much and they’re going to take their shots down field” said Aliotti.
“If I was them I’d throw some deep balls,…and hope to get a P.I ( pass interference ) because officials always call a P.I,…cause they’re horrible,…but anyway,…they don’t know how to call a game…they don’t understand it.”
Drawing a subtle laugh from the group of reporters, Aliotti quickly moved on to discuss his secondary.
“Yeah, it puts a little bit more pressure on us,…but I think the guys like it” explained Aliotti.
“I think if you’re a secondary guy, you like this kind of game to be honest with you because,…I would,…all due respect to who you’re playing,… the balls going to be in the air,..DB’s want a chance to intercept it, so I think they’ll be on their toes.”
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