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Video: Nick Holt talks about the Huskies defense, reading the paper and the Stanford loss

Transcript of the video after the jump

What was it like watching Saturday?

Painful. I didn’t really need to watch the film because that just made it painful twice. It was kind of what it looked like out there.

On his assessment of it three days later …

Assessment is we’ve got to get back, and we’ve got to get ready for Arizona because they’re a good offense too, just in a different way. We just need to compete. There’s a couple guys that did a nice job and competed for all four quarters, and we just needed more of that. We got on our heels early. First play, reverse, and we didn’t rebound. And some of our leaders need to come up for some big plays for us to get momentum back and get our confidence back a little bit because we got a little shaken early. It would’ve been nice to have that interception in the end zone early, and some of the other guys, it would’ve been nice to come up with the sack, come up with a couple third-down stops in the first half, which we let them out. So that was disappointing.

What he could have done differently

We could’ve just, ‘OK, let’s get after these guys,’ and hopefully they bust something or get after the quarterback a little bit. The problem was they screen you so much on passing situations, it’s hard to blitz them because they pop a screen, and they were doing a lot of empty on passing situations and getting rid of the ball real quick. We played a lot of man-to-man, and one time we didn’t cover the guy as close as we needed to, the beginning of the second quarter when they got that third down and 5, we were playing Cover-Zero, and we pressured, and the guy got the ball out of his hand, and we weren’t as tight in our Cover-Zero as we need to be. So looking back on that. The problem is we had them at 17-14 in the second quarter, and then that first play from scrimmage they pop a run out of big personnel, and it goes for 70, and it’s 24-14 again. We were scrapping, scrapping, and we’d almost kind of took care of our problems in all that big stuff, we were starting to play it well, and then we got misaligned, and we were out of our gap, and the guy hit it perfectly, and we had a couple guys overrun it that didn’t see it pop. And the guy hurt us. And good teams are going to do that.

On the young players reacting to a big loss

"Our guys are pretty resilient.  The young guys are young - they try and do what you ask them to do.  We need to learn from this, like some of the other examples that we've had, and we've got to go because we've got to get ready for Saturday night.  We can't be moping around.  We've got to tear off the rearview mirror and move forward, or else.  We're facing some good offenses here."

On still having games like this after 2.5 years

"Just still young at a lot of key positions.  We just have to keep coaching them.  There's a lot of things I could say; we've just got to keep getting better.  We're 5-2 in our third year.  We go to a bowl game our second year, so it's on course.  Obviously we'd love to be 7-0 right now, but we're 5-2.  We have a chance to come home and play Arizona - a great offensive team, a great quarterback, great skill. We have to play our butts off to get to 6-2."

On what needs to happen with Alameda Ta'amu for him to be the player everyone thinks he can be

"I think sometimes it's a little unfair. Sometimes we expect these guys to be giant killers, and maybe that's a little unfair sometimes to ask some of these guys…I think he's trying.  I think he's playing hard.  You'd just love to see him be a little more productive in some of these.  We've talked about it, and he understands.  You just don't want him to start trying too hard where he gets worse - or it's not productive.  It just has to keep on coming, you have to do some things…

On Will Shamburger

"That was a bright spot.  I was talking about some of the guys that competed for four quarters, and he was one of those guys that was competing and hitting and tackling well and was really physical, kind of like…boom!  A nice safety does.  So that was good, and he's one of the guys that's getting better and better and better.  It's good to see.  I thought that Sean Parker did some really good things in the game.   So there were some positive things that came about it, and as leaders we need to accentuate the positive, coach up the bad stuff and move on."

On the game slowing down for Sean Parker …

I think the game slows down for all younger guys as that mature. They’re playing  faster cause they are older  and they’ve had more reps and been in situations, so they see things faster therefore they play faster.

Going from Stanford to AZ?

That’s the beauty of this conference. That makes it fun. Yeah, it’s fun. It’s good. It keeps you up at night. And then the next week you have a whole different set of problems. It’s just this conference. It’s a fantastic conference. There’s some great offensive players, great offensive coaches and it keeps us on our toes.

On seeing anybody run ball as physical as Stanford?

Most offensive coordinator guys don’t put in extra offensive linemen and get a kick out of that.  Stanford has the depth and the offensive linemen that they’ll do it. I think they do it because they want the good opposing offenses like ourselves and some other good schools to control the ball, so they want to slow down the tempo and make you have to play that game. And then they have a quarterback that can throw it. So there’s another set of problem. They are a really good team, a really, really good team because they are good at running the ball and they are good at throwing the ball.

Have you faced a team as quick at getting rid of ball?

Hawaii.  I mean as quick. I haven’t timed it yet. .It’s pretty similar. This guy is a lot bigger. He’s not as mobile as the guy from Hawaii, but he probably has a stronger arm and he sees, boy, he’s really accurate.

Does it help seeing Hawaii and Eastern?

A little, being spread out. We still have to cover these guys. These guys’ receivers are a little bit better than the other schools.  Bigger. Big guys.

On stopping Juron Criner?

Well, have to do a nice job of disrupting at the line of scirmmage and giving the quarterback different looks so he can get a bead on him and get some double coverage on the guy.

Do you read the paper or listen to the radio and the critics

"I rarely listen to the radio as it is, talk radio, other than Country-Western and NPR --- I'll listen to that, unfortunately. And then the paper, yeah I read the paper, I do because I want to read about the other stuff other than ourselves. I guess you've got to have thick skin. And I know you guys love us and want to us to do well --- I really do. And we want to do well. We are more disappointed than you guys, trust me. We, trust me, we get really pissed off.'

On if the defense has really improved since 2009?

"Winning and losing and there are probably a couple of stats that are better. Wait until the end of the year and then let's look at the numbers. We are 5-2 and we haven't been 5-2 in three years, either. And playing some good offenses, the wins and losses are the most important.''

Is the defense better today than when he showed up:

"Oh, absolutely, yeah, yeah, I do. I do.''

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