An interview with new Army football coach Jeff Monken

An interview with new Army football coach Jeff Monken a couple days before the start of his first preseason camp

On commitment:
“Everyone has a desire to win but not everyone is able to put forth the effort and put in the time and have the dedication and commitment to seeing it all the way through. I believe in our guys.’’
On expectations:
“They all have to show me and I have to show them. They have heard me say it a bunch of times: Don’t convince me; show me. I want to see it. Words are cheap. Talk is cheap. I want to see some action.’’
On his first order of business as Army coach:
“I think the first thing is to establish expectations and set standards to meet those expectations. Whatever those expectations are, you make them clear and you commit to organizing how we are going to get there, how we are going to meet those expectations.’’
On challenging players in the weight room:
“I think probably the toughest practices that we have are in the weight room. Nobody has it tougher and harder than we do.’’
On creating a culture of toughness:
“It (being tough) doesn’t take any kind of viagra vs cialis vs levitra

physical ability. You can be tough. It’s a choice we can make.
“We haven’t done anything yet. So what if we lift all these weights and draw up all these plays. That’s not an accomplishment. We are nowhere close to being ready to play.’’
On playing freshmen:
“I’ve never been part of a football program where freshmen are not playing.’’
On recruiting (Monken says recruiting at Army is exactly the same as recruiting at Navy):
“A lot of kids we talk to don’t know anything about the Academy. Recruiting is a challenge here. Your recruiting pool as an Academy recruiter isn’t the same as everyone else’s. It’s narrowed for a lot of reasons — if a kid’s been in trouble; he doesn’t have the leadership qualities… Frankly, a lot of kids aren’t open to (West Point). I think there are enough players out there that are still open to serving the country.’’

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