OK Joe, here's the full quote:
[The defense] played well, but not well enough. We didn’t win the game. If we shut them out, we’d be 5-0 right now, so that’s the bottom line. At end of the day, that’s the challenge is play well enough to win, whether it’s 3-0 or 38-39, it doesn’t really matter. The objective is to win the football game, somehow, some way.
To your point, we for the most part played pretty solid defense. We gave up one big play. It wasn’t a blown coverage or anything like that. We had a guy right there competing for the ball, and their guy made a good play and it was a good throw. Got good protection on it. We did a lot of positive things. We did positive things on offense, too.
If you want to explain how the defense was in any way responsible for losing TEN TO THREE in a game where the only touchdown came because Iowa's offense turned it over deep in its own territory, a game in which the offense ran for a single yard, then be my guest. But as far as I'm concerned, hanging that loss on anything other than the offense is, as one Iowa luminary once called it, strait bullshit. If Iowa's offense is so bad that it requires a shutout of a Top 25 team to win, then why are we even bothering to show up?
As for your claim that what I feel is incorrect, it's a bold position to take that you know the inner workings of someone you (I believe) have never met, but you seem like that kind of bold thinker. I don't recall lighting 2011 on fire, but as for your contention that the 2011 season that "the offense sucked one week and the defense sucked the next," Iowa went 2-4 down the stretch while scoring 7, 14, 21 and 21 in those four losses, so, no, that wasn't the story of 2011. You might feel that it's the story, but it wasn't the story.
Oddly enough, I'd feel a lot better if we lost both games by one score in wildly different ways. If we lost 10-3 to Michigan and 44-41 to Penn State, at least there wouldn't be a patently obvious culprit in all of this. Offense sucked one week, defense couldn't get a stop the next, ah well, that's football.
But we all know what the problem is here, right? We watch this team week-in, week-out, and have for years, and we all know what the exact problem is. It's staring us right in the face every. Single. Week (that we don't play a mid-major). And nothing gets fixed, and nothing is even acknowledged as broken. And so we lose two winnable games because the offense is Tecmo Bowl-level predictable, and Kirk cries execution, and nobody calls it out as the bullshit that it is. Nobody can execute well enough to overcome a good opponent knowing exactly what it is you're doing on every play, and eventually we think it's fixed because Purdue comes to town (Mark my words: Iowa's scoring 40 this week and treating it as if it is some sort of return to form). I mean, last week he lost 10-3 and somehow blamed the defense for that. I don't even know what to say anymore when a statement that insane goes wholly unchecked.
I'd say I've grown tired of ignoring the elephant in the room, but I grew tired of that eight years ago. Now it's just screaming into the void, and I don't think I'm completely alone in doing that.
Usually, there are three coordinator press conferences (four this year, possibly):
I honestly can't remember if there's a postseason/Signing Day availability, but I don't think it's a regular thing.
I strongly considered Main Street. I also got through half of a Kid Rock cover before I ran out of jokes.
I was going to drop a super bonus track at the end and then didn't (actually, I shortcutted by using last week's show as a template for songs and whatnot and accidentally forgot to trim off the overflow).