Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio was in a better mood as he met with the media today. As I mentioned in my previous post, he is the sole voice of the Spartans this week, having decided to close ranks and keep his players and assistants from the media.
I usually find this to a be a misguided approach. I will say, however, that when I asked Dantonio about the logic behind it, at least his reasoning was much more directed at his own team than the media or fans.
Here’s some of what he said:
“I felt like we needed to do that because we needed to come closer together as a football team. Has nothing to do with the press as much as it does with how we handle ourselves, our team, what we need to be dealing with and thinking about.
“I sometimes think that media talk and pressure sort of gets them thinking in different directions. I wanted to close our group and concentrate on us, much like we did last year, concentrate on who we are, what we have to do to get done and close our ranks.”
I see the comments on the previous blog post about Dantonio not needed to answer to me or other reporters. But essentially, we’re the liaison between him and you. It actually makes our week easier in some ways. You simply get less.
The other interesting item out of today, I thought, was Dantonio’s response to my question about taking more chances down field offensively and the lack of deep passes, and whether cornerback Johnny Adams (who caught a deep ball in the spring game) could be used to open up the offense.
“There’s been a little bit of thought to (using Adams). But we’ll see. The answer to that question is, yeah, we need to go deep some, do different things. We certainly have it in our game plan. But that’s a decision that has to be made by Coach (Dan) Roushar at that point in time. We have to have time to throw it.
“I think what we want to do is just get it going. We want to get it going, get people in sync a little bit and then expand from there.
“But, yeah, I’m in agreement with you.”
More to come on both of these subjects in columns this week.