15 Total Quotes

Al Golden Quotes

[New England Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini, who formerly coached that team's defensive backs, and the Cincinnati Bengals' Kevin Coyle were among a] number of different secondary coaches I've had the opportunity to really study over the last six months, ... and hopefully we'll reap the benefits our here in a couple weeks.
Al Golden
#England

We've had some unfortunate circumstances back there.
Al Golden
#Circumstances

I purposely didn't really ask Bob how he did things, ... I wanted to go out on my own.
Al Golden
#Ask

Going to basketball games or attending [fund-raising] events in the spring or just being around town, I was struck by how appreciative everybody was,
Al Golden
#Basketball

I just felt, at this time of my life, this is where I wanted to be.
Al Golden
#Life

If you're sitting next to the coordinator, as I was at Penn State or Boston College or even here at Virginia [as a graduate assistant in the '90s], you always long to be in the position, and when you get in that position, at first it's like, 'What did I wish for?' All of the sudden the world's coming down on you. You're 108th in [rushing] defense, and you're getting e-mails from people. But at that point, you believe in yourself and believe in the guys you work with.
Al Golden
#Boston

You never know it as well as you think until you have to be the teacher,
Al Golden
#Teachers

I keep telling the guys, 'Last year we had a good defense. It kept us in a lot of games and gave us a chance to win every game but one, and I think that's what a good defense should do,' ... But at the same time, when we started camp here Aug. 5, we had to start over.
Al Golden
#Defense

Young players have got to get to the point where everything comes natural for them. In other words, where they don't have to write the plays down on the wristband before they go out on the field. . . . We've got to get to the point where, when we make a call, [the defense] lets it fly.
Al Golden
#Words

The bottom line is this: You can win without experience, but the kids have got to be fundamentally sound, they've got to know where they're lining up, and you as a coach have got to give them the opportunity to do that,
Al Golden
#Experience

We're trying to get to the point where we have a legitimate two deep. And what I mean by that, you feel like any of those four can go into a game at a certain time and you feel good about it. You know, you're not nervous about it.
Al Golden
#Trying

It may have brought new blood into me for all I know.
Al Golden
#Blood

[Freshman Chris Cook, a former Heritage standout, is also getting a look at both corner and safety. At 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Cook,] has excellent tools, ... He's learning. He's picking up quickly. He's got to work on his consistency and obviously (get) some experience.
Al Golden
#Safety

Some of the young kids are going to have to play, there's no question about it. Right now, they've been up to the challenge. We'll see how we show up in two weeks.
Al Golden
#Kids

Obviously, as a leader, it's your job to attack those areas on your defense that were perceived to be the weakest point.
Al Golden
#Defense