Comments from Navy head football coach Paul Johnson
Nov. 6, 2007
Comments from Navy head football coach Paul Johnson following practice on Monday, Nov. 5
On where the Notre Dame win ranks in his coaching career
"I don't know. I'm just happy for the players. They extended a lot of effort so I was just happy for them to win. Personally, I am excited for our fan base and the Alumni, but it's not as big a deal to me as it is to a lot of other people.
On moving past the Notre Dame game
"Today is the last day we will talk about Notre Dame. This is it. Starting tomorrow we are only talking about North Texas."
On North Texas
"They are a team that has some good athletes. They have had a tough schedule playing at Oklahoma and at Arkansas. They have a new coaching staff so we really don't know how they are going to play against us. They have some guys that can run. I have been impressed with them on tape."
On Air Force beating Army ensuring the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy stays in Annapolis
"We will cross that bridge when we come to it. Our goal is to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy not to retain it. The Air Force-Army game didn't mean anything to us."
On classes being cancelled
"That was good. I think that not just the football team but the entire Brigade of Midshipmen work very hard and I was glad to see them get a break."
On who his first call was from after the game
"I'm not sure. I always turn my phone off on Saturday morning before the game and when I turned it on Saturday night I had 27 messages."
"I did get a lot of e-mails, but the e-mail listed on the web site doesn't go directly to me so I'm sure my assistant Lois Gareis got most of those e-mails (and she will print them out and give them to him). It's a good win for the program and I'm excited for everybody that has played in these games and coached in these games, but you have to move on."
On the defense
"I thought we did some good things defensively. Certainly we still aren't where we want to be. We still didn't make them punt the ball. Going into the game I thought if we could get three or four stops it would be a good place to start. Hopefully the defense can build some confidence off this game. We had our fewest missed assignments all year, which is a positive, and we had our fewest efforts (lack of) of the year, which is a positive. We still missed some tackles, but if you can stay away from the missed assignments and efforts that will give us a chance to play better."
On what the Notre Dame win does for recruiting
"I don't know. It will be interesting to see. We kind of recruit the same guys. There is a certain niche of guys that will go to a Service Academy. Hopefully it might help some, but I don't know. We will see."
On why Navy is playing North Texas
"When UConn dropped us we had to find a game. They have some good football players, just like everybody else does. Coach Dodge was very successful at Southlake Carroll High School and I know he's a good football coach. Their safeties coach, Chuck Peterson, was the offensive coordinator at Air Force under Coach DeBerry for the last 16 years so I think they will have some semblance of an idea how to line up."