NC State

Doeren eyes a better second season

Posted July 23, 2014

— NC State head coach Dave Doeren’s second season at the helm of the Wolfpack cannot be much worse than his first.

“It was a challenging year,” he told Adam and Joe on 99.9 The Fan.

NC State struggled to a 3-9 record in 2013, going 0-8 in the ACC, but Doeren saw his team was competitive, despite their record.

“With all that, we were in seven games in the fourth quarter and we need to now find a way to win those games. That’s what year two has to be, is winning those close games at the end.”

As a head coach, Doeren had found nothing but success, winning 23 games in just two season at Northern Illinois.

Losing that often was a new thing for him, as 2013 was his worst year since his first year as an assistant at Kansas.

“Our first year there, we won one game,” Doeren said. “But I also know they brought me here to build a program and it wasn’t going to happen overnight. We have learned a lot and grown a lot from last year. I know we are mentally tougher because of what we went through.”

Part of the reason the Wolfpack struggled so much last season was because of the quarterback position. This year, there is an undisputed starter in Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett, who Doeren spoke of very highly.

“Very competitive, great skill set, very hungry to play,” he said. “I know our players are behind him. He did everything he could as a leader last year as a player that had to redshirt. He was the scout team player of the year.

“He had a great offseason, great summer. Now he just needs to play. The biggest thing we need to do is players around him to help him. All good quarterbacks have linemen and running backs and receivers helping them,” he said.

Injuries ravaged NC State last season, especially on the offensive line. This season, if healthy, Doeren believes, this group could be really special.

“Last year, we had a chance, if nobody got hurt to be a decent o-line, and all of them got hurt at one time or another,” he said. “If we can play Tyson (Chandler) at left tackle and Rob (Crisp) at right tackle and Joe Thuney at left guard, we feel like we have a much better setup up there.”

Doeren said he has done his part to make sure 2014 is not a repeat of last season. That did not include a change of philosophy from his position.

Whether you’re winning or losing, a good coach is going to go back and self-scout what happened and really do some homework on here’s why this worked, here’s why this didn't,” he said. “I don’t believe in a wholesale shift of philosophy. I became the youngest head coach in the ACC because the things that I’ve learned have worked and I’m not going to abandon my beliefs because we had one bad year.”

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  • dave437 Jul 23, 2014

    with that pathetic OOC schedule, the Pack has four wins out of the gate...

  • Fenway O'Donnell Jul 23, 2014
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    This heckuva headline is a major understatement. No where to go but up!

  • ktaasmith Jul 23, 2014

    Beware of that "pathetic" OOC schedule, Ga. Southern beat Florida last year and ODU hung tough with both Pitt and ECU until the fourth quarter.

  • cjw6105 Jul 23, 2014

    Georgia Southern will be no pushover. The USF game is on the road- 'nuff said.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 24, 2014

    View quoted thread



    You got that right. I guess some folks have no confidence in their teams so they have to put others down in advance of play. Only reason I can come up with.

  • maybetoolatedixon2 Jul 24, 2014

    I am all for giving him some time to build a great team. Plans are to hold off any comments until mid-September that should be enough time. Low goal to say this season will be better than last season. Wish the guys the best though.

  • Erik Sheahan Jul 24, 2014
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    View quoted thread


    Rome was not built overnight and Coach Cutcliffe did rebuild Duke in one year. Coach Doeren will get the ball rolling. Unfortunately, we the fans want to see immediate results and each coach has to implement his/her style of coaching and get the players to accept their concepts. State will do much better this year and may very well pull the rug out from under some unsuspecting teams. Go Pack and Go Heels. (Yes, I am a Pack fan, second to the Tar Heels....I'm a proud Pack dad).

  • gregoryrjones Jul 24, 2014

    If he goes for it on 4th and 11 from his end of the field he better make it. If he switches QB's in the middle of a drive, he better be right. If he's not and the 0-8 goes to 0-10 lets say, he might be looking for another job next year.

    He may have won 23 games at NIU but, that was the MAC and NIU was the top dog in that conference before he became head coach there. The table was already set for him. All he had to do was maintain what was given to him. So him winning 23 games in two years was very deceptive.

    This job was an upgrade in conference and talent level. State may be better this year but so is the rest of the ACC.

    Good luck Dave. You'll need it.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Jul 24, 2014

    Doreen sure does have a long list of excuses he likes to read from, doesn't he?

    Also sounds pretty full of himself:

  • lec02572 Jul 24, 2014

    If it gets worse than last year, I don't think Doeren will get his 5 years at NCSU. Might be over in 2.

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