From that Seattle Times article…
In Petersen’s final season, the Huskies went 8-5 with a win in the Vegas Bowl. That was deemed a disappointment, and in a frank assessment — which he says he does after every season — Petersen put the blame squarely on himself.
“We didn’t do as well as we should have because of me,’’ he said. “There’s no question about it. It starts with me.”
Pressed for specifics, Petersen said: “I think it starts with the leadership position, developing leaders on the team and the mentality of our team. The competitiveness of it. And also having more fun and enjoying that process. You start to lose a game or two you shouldn’t, and there becomes more pressure on everybody, and really it needs to go the other way.
“These kids, they feel what coaches feel. Sports are meant to be enjoyed and celebrated and appreciated. When that diminishes, I think that hurts teams. You can talk about sports, but I think you could also talk about work you’re doing in business. When you don’t have joy and celebration and all those type of things. It doesn’t seem right.”