Oregon coach Mario Cristobal joined me for a 1-on-1 conversation about the season, his team’s struggle to stay healthy, and his quarterback Anthony Brown.
What’s evident to me in talking with Cristobal is that he knows what the messaging needs to be for his team. He’s got a swirl of injuries but mostly good results. Oregon carries a 6-1 record to this week’s game vs. Colorado.
I asked Cristobal about the exchange he had with some Ducks fans after Saturday’s win at UCLA. He instructed them to stop the boos at Autzen Stadium. I don’t think Cristobal had anything to apologize for, but he did anyway this week.
“I should be a little bit better with my choice of words,” the coach said. “My mom wants to hit me up the side of my head. I look at our fans as family, I do. It’s OK to have your differences. To me that was just like a family moment. It was a legitimate, real-deal family moment. I should have done a much better job. I should have just said, ‘Hey, do you realize we have the best home-field advantage in the entire country?’ It’s so critical to everything that we do when we play at Autzen Stadium. Let’s bring it man. It’s been almost two years since we got to be in there together. That’s what I should have conveyed. It’s what I should have done a better job saying. I blame my Cuban roots, I guess.”
On whether his halftime talk during the UCLA game was emotional or X-O driven:
“A little bit of both. Whatever is real is going to come out. It’s effective with our guys because they’re very real with me. It’s a great relationship as it relates to everything -- personal, performance, football. We knew that nothing but our best was going to be good enough. We were going to have to pour in the physicality and knock back and all that stuff but we were also going to have to pour in some execution.”
On how Oregon used Kayvon Thibodeaux vs. UCLA:
“Just like when you have a great offensive player you really try to move him around in different spots so they can’t zero in on him... you want to study what your opponent does. We got a really good tell on what they do protection-wise and the run game and felt like we could create a lot of matchup opportunities and advantages. We did that. Credit to coach (Tim) DeRuyter and the defense. Great plan, man.”
Listen to the full conversation with Cristobal here:
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