The Chris Hatcher Show: Oct. 28, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Each week during the 2021 season, we will release The Chris Hatcher Show. The show, hosted by Kevin Blackwell and featuring head football coach Chris Hatcher, will look back at the previous week’s football game and look forward to the upcoming contest.
 
The Bulldogs come into this week with a record of 3-4 overall and 2-3 in Southern Conference play following a 55-13 setback at home to Chattanooga last Saturday. Hatcher said, despite the outcome, he was encouraged by the support his team received from the fans in attendance.
 
“We had another great crowd,” Hatcher said. “I appreciate the support and I know our guys do. More importantly, our students are starting to really back our team. On our end, it’s a little disappointing we didn’t put a better show on, but we have to continue to have that in order to be the program that we’re striving to be.”
 
Hatcher said early mistakes got the team off to a bad start in last week’s game and the Bulldogs were unable to recover from that slow start.
 
“We knew going into the game we were playing a team that we didn’t necessarily match up well with at certain positions,” Hatcher said. “A team that Samford in general has not had much success against in football. When you play a team that’s maybe a tad bit better than you are going into the ballgame and you make the mistakes we made early in the game, it usually turns out not to be a good day for your team, and that’s what happened.”
 
Hatcher talked about some of the mistakes his team made that led to the loss.
 
“A little bit of it had to do with the way they were playing,” Hatcher said. “And then we were undisciplined at certain times as well. But as poorly as we started the game, we were down 14-3 and we ran a reverse to Chandler Smith, got it all the way to the six, got it called back for holding. To me, that was a crucial play in the game because we regained a little momentum, and we were starting to believe a little bit. Offensively, we only ran 52 plays and we had, in the first half, three one-and-out drives due to turnovers and it doesn’t matter who you play, you can’t win doing things of that nature.”
 
Chattanooga’s offense held the ball for 42:48 of the game. Hatcher talked about the factors that led to the lopsided possession time in favor of the Mocs.
 
“They did a good job of mixing the pass and play-action pass,” Hatcher said. “Then on the flip side of it, sometimes those numbers get a little bit skewed, we’ve got to get some three-and-outs, and we started playing better in the late second quarter, we stopped them two series in a row. And then offensively we couldn’t get anything going. We’ve just got to play a little bit better complimentary football.”
 
Hatcher talked a little about what his message was to the team following the game.
 
“I didn’t really have to say much, it was a very somber, disappointed locker room,” Hatcher said. “We’re disappointed in what our record is right now. We’ve had some self-inflicted wounds, had some bad luck, played some good teams throughout the course of the way. But we’ve got a bunch of smart guys, they’re good players, good people, there wasn’t much to be said. Everybody in that room, coaches included, was disappointed. Our pride was hurt, and we knew we got whooped. Monday, we came back and had a great attitude and a great practice.”
 
This week, the Bulldogs will play at 18th-ranked VMI. Hatcher talked a little about this weekend’s contest.
 
“It’s like every week, we’ve got to focus on ourselves,” Hatcher said. “We’ve got some key guys that won’t be able to go with us this week unless some things change as the week goes on. We need some guys to step up. It’s a long trip, it’s a very difficult place to play. The weather does not look favorable for either team. On top of that, they are red hot right now. They have a great quarterback. Defensively they’re very confident, they blitz you every play. They play man coverage, give up the deep ball, they go out and play man coverage the next time. We’ve got our work cut out for us, they’re the defending champs. But I feel like we match up well with them. I feel like our guys are in a good place, and I feel like all of us want to get that sour taste out of our mouths and I expect us to go play really, really well.”
 
Saturday’s game at No. 18 VMI is set for a 12:30 p.m. (CT) start from Lexington, Va. The game can be seen live on ESPN+ at the following link: WATCH LIVE. Live stats are also available at the following link: LIVE STATS.
 
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