For weeks, Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker has spoken to the media after losses and it hasn’t quite been what fans have wanted to hear.
He’s been echoing the same thing for a while.
“Death by inches.”
“We’re so close.”
“We aren’t playing complimentary football.”
“I’m not looking to make any coaching changes.”
Those quotes just didn’t sit well with me. He clearly has a team with a number of glaring issues and it’s never been death by inches. Michigan State has lost all four games by double figures and they haven’t been very close throughout. The games have essentially been decided by halftime with the exception of Maryland.
So when he was preparing to speak to the media on Monday, I was expecting a lot more of the same. And it would have driven me nuts.
Thankfully, he said all the right things.
Michigan State football is in good hands
Tucker’s message on Monday proved that the Spartans are in good hands and the future is bright. He knows that he has a lot of work to do and he won fans back with his presser on Monday afternoon.
This quote about fans leaving early really stuck with me:
He knows that if Michigan State is playing the poor brand of football that they have been, fans are going to be leaving early. He knows he has to win the support of the fanbase.
Tucker also said he’s avoiding frustration. Which is good because a coach is supposed to be the level-headed source of consistency.
Finally, this quote was impressive because not all coaches are like this (looking at you, Scott Frost and Brian Kelly):
There was one quote that didn’t sit well with me so I guess he wasn’t perfect in his presser:
Going to hard disagree there and say that a vast majority of runs are not efficient and it has a lot to do with the offensive line not getting a push.
All-in-all, not a bad weekly presser for Mel and you like to hear some different things rather than “death by inches.”