After Practice with Norm Chow

If the UCLA offense is a puzzle – and I think we can all agree it was a bit puzzling last season – Norm Chow agrees that there are several steps before this thing is ready to hang on a wall.
First step, open the box.
Step two, pour the pieces on the table.
Three, four and five: Separate the pieces, turn them rightside up and start on the corners.
That’s where the Bruins are at, Chow said.
“That’s a good step, but those are the easy ones, right?” Chow said. “We’re a long ways away. We’re awfully young still. But if the guys are willing to work hard, we’re going to be fine. You want the results at the end of the day on the scoreboard, but if you’re guys work hard and whatever happens happens, you’ll be OK.”

Also, Chow on what he saw in Day One:
“We’re looking for effort, we’re looking for guys who are willing to work hard, and it was encouraging,” Chow said. “We’re going to make mistakes. But mental mistakes are easy to correct. It’s the attitude and the willingness to work. And they came out ready to go.”

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  • Both Neuheisel and Chow talked extensively about the need for speed, and how UCLA might have just found some. Both were careful not to get into specifics, as not to enhance expectations, but they seemed pleased.

    One interesting thing: For all that has been made about Neuheisel’s youthful exuberence and excitement and all that, things were very business-oriented today. There was the usual whooping and cheering after a big play, but things returned to normal quickly, and there was very little – if any – messing around.

    Thanks, Ryan


  • Ryan

    did Chow or any other coaches comment on the progress of the offense as compared to the start of fall practice last year?

  • MaltBaa

    I thought step 2 was going to be “cut a hole in the box”

  • gkyc5stars

    Interesting, R. Carroll should make UCLA lot faster

  • Tdavis

    SO FUNNY MaltBaa!

  • devildog-bruin

    I thought step 2 was going to be “cut a hole in the box”–MaltBaa

    Lol, I was thinking the same thing but you beat me to it. Good stuff.

    On another note, I just want to say thanks Jon, I am extremely pleased on how well you have handled the blog. Looking forward to more of your coverage.

  • so west Coast

    haha, love the first sentence of this post. witty dude….I’m down w/ that.