Wisconsin Badgers Football: Paul Chryst Week 4 Press Conference at Notre Dame

It’s time for the Badgers to get back on the football field. The week off is officially over and head coach Paul Chryst kicked off Week 4 with his weekly Monday morning press conference. Here’s a recap of everything that happened.

Right off the bat, Chyrst was asked the first of many questions about this week’s main script, Jack Coan. Chyrst was asked if he noticed any changes in Coan’s play in his first three starts with Notre Dame.

“I think when you look and you see, I mean there’s obviously enough difference… a different team. He’s always going to work and keep working to improve and I think there is definitely a scenario. I think it’s important that it’s Wisconsin versus Notre Dame. Obviously we have respect for Jack and appreciate who he is as a person and a player here, a teammate… but it’s Wisconsin versus Notre Dame.

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Afterward, Chryst brought up Graham Mertz’s ability to involve all of his receivers on the offensive side of the ball.

“You always want to have enough means to spread the ball, and then the game will kinda dictate where it goes or who it goes … You want to be able to attack the pitch, differently on the pitch and with different people. take place this way more than others.

Next, Chryst was asked how Wisconsin will plan the game for Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame’s peerless safety.

“He’s talented, right?” My story is you focus too much on one guy, and you know, you want to steal Peter to pay Paul … you play a good team, they’re going to have some really good players, and I think that’s what we’re facing this week. A number of very good players and a well-trained team … Good players, you know where they stand, but you have to be careful not to overcompensate and then you can hurt yourself in other ways.

Chryst was asked about the distribution of carries among Wisconsin running backs.

“It depends, and certainly at any point in time I don’t care about the position, if you have more than one guy who can contribute, that’s a good thing for a team. And yet it wasn’t that long ago where we didn’t have that much, we’re going to ride Jonathan Taylor. And still other full backs were worn, and that was a good thing to have too. We love the group, obviously I think they are getting some more. experience as we continue, but I think this year for this team we will need all of them, we need them to continue to develop.

After that, Chryst spoke about the keys to success for the most impressive part of this year’s squad, the top seven.

“I think we’ve got some really good players, and I think we’ve done a good job of planning properly, and getting where the guys know what they’re doing and they can let go and play. And that’s the fun thing about the game is that every week it’s going to be a different challenge, and we’ll definitely be challenged this week.

The press conference then returned to Coan. Chryst was asked if Coan’s transfer left a bad taste in her mouth given their close relationship.

“You want to respect decisions and follow them, and then you move on, I think you have to move on.”

Chryst has given his opinion on the controversial targeting rule that gets people debating across college football.

“I think about the big picture, there is certainly attention and you have to, I think as players and coaches you certainly train differently than when there was no rule. You said, when you have several delinquents, someone who does it several times, it is a little tricky. Do they get it? Now I think back to all of the ones we’ve kind of been associated with, there are some that it was definitely not intended … this is the one I don’t know how to tell you. You want to keep your head out, don’t you? There are some where, we all know somehow, where there’s someone going for it and when they’re not. I think it’s hard to put in a rule, but I think we all know that somehow. I understand what the original intention was, but for many of them there will be some that I don’t think is the reason the rule was put in place. I think that’s a tricky thing for officials … I don’t know if I have the right answer.

Ahead of the season, Mertz has spoken about his goal this season to be more balanced in the pocket. Chryst was asked where he thinks Mertz is on track to achieve that goal.

“I think he’s working on it. I think he got some where he did that and I think there were some early on where he wasn’t as balanced in the pocket. He does a good job in training when these situations arise … that’s when it should be done, right? You have to be your way of playing. I think it’s a work in progress, but I think it’s progressing.

Chryst ended the press conference by noting that football is a team game, so while people will call this game “MERTZ v COAN”, that is not how the Badgers see it. He also mentioned that games like this are the reason kids choose to come to Wisconsin.

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