Concerned? Well, Of Course

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  • Audio of Coach Groh’s postgame press conference and interviews with Branden Albert and Cedric Peerman

    Al Groh doesn’t like people “pooh-pahing around.”

    Al Groh might not like it, but this is how we watch Virginia football games now, don’t we? Not worrying about the final score so much as searching for flaws that may prove fatal against tougher competition. If so, we saw way too many Saturday night against lowly Western Michigan to feel good about the rest of the season.

    Wali Lundy’s injury. Michael Johnson’s fumbles. Jason Snelling’s fumbles. Marques Hagans’ interceptions. Shaky line play. Missed tackles. Porous pass defense. Four sacks allowed. A missed field goal. A sea of errors silenced the sea of orange. That the Cavaliers won by 12 points almost didn’t seem to matter, did it?

    Of course, it should matter. After all, a win is a win. Virginia is 1-0, bottom line. Undefeated. Hoo-rah-ray. That was certainly Groh’s attitude afterward. He was effusive in his praise of the defense (for not allowing a touchdown), Cedric Peerman (whose fourth-quarter running sealed the win) and the special teams (good kick returns and a punt downed at the 1) – all of the things that contributed to the victory.

    But Groh had absolutely no interest in discussing anything negative. When one reporter asked if the offense let up or got too comfortable with the lead, he suggested that no one who believes that could have ever played football. TheSabre.com’s Greg Waters later asked if the performance of the offensive line was a concern – a perfectly legitimate question, given that the OL didn’t come close to dominating the undersized, inexperienced front seven of the Broncos.

    “How many times in one of these press conferences does somebody use the word concerned? We didn’t have absolutely perfect

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