NWU Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald from Here in Chicago at the Big Ten Media Days

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NWU Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald from Here in Chicago at the Big Ten Media Days

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  • “Not satisfied with the outcome of last season.”
  • “Very competitive off season.”Â
  • “Bringing in a wealth of experience with new coordinators.”
  • “Two new coordinators means a lot of new communication issues this off season and building trust.”
  • “If you look at the Big Ten eight of the offenses run the spread.”
  • On Tyrell Sutton “Poised to have a great season that could rival his Big Ten freshman of the year performance.”
  • “We are right on track.”
  • Finishing Games: “That is a way of life, not just football.” “Maybe we weren’t in good enough condition? At the end of the day it all comes down to confidence.”
  • Last season: “I learned a lot about myself.”
  • Loss to Duke: “We got exactly what we deserved.”Â

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My thoughts:

I like Fitzgerald. I like his honesty and he doesn’t BS. He addressed the new coordinators honestly, but didn’t make any excuses. I thought his comments about the 8 of 11 teams running the spread was very interesting and the media people here jumped on that and he even dissected the reasons of why.

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He gave his usual candid response about finishing games and it being a confidence issue with his Wildcats. His answer to the embarrassing loss to Duke, about getting what they deserved was spot on and blunt.

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I could care less if you love or hate NWU, he is a good guy and you have to root for him…when he isn’t playing MSU.