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  1. 1. Ban the players from Twitter.

     

    2. Change the culture of negativity. There is too much "us-against-the-world," too much caring what the fans or the media think. Both coaches and players need to refocus on their role within the program so that they can actually enjoy going to work every day.

     

    3. Overhaul the program's approach to public relations. The website needs a restart, but really, Nebraska needs to control the media narrative, rather than being controlled by it. That means giving more access at practice, giving more access to players and to coaches alike until there's no room for speculation.

     

    When the media doesn't have anything to write about, they still have to write something - and that's when they start concocting narratives of their own. You have to feed them the narrative you want. If the coaches don't invite the media into a couple bowl practices to show them what they're doing to work on special teams or on turnovers, it's a mistake.

     

    4. Change the way the team practices - more good-on-good, more full-contact, more full-speed

     

    5. Hire recruiting staff similar to what Alabama has (this is probably more on Eichorst or on Jamrog).

     

    6. Re-delegate special teams coaching duties. Somebody should be in charge of kick return, somebody in charge of kick coverage, somebody else in charge of punt return, etc.

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  2. Since everyone always asks this about Bo, Ill ask about Bohl. Do you think Craig Bohl would outcoach Nick Saban? How bout Urban Meyer? Les Miles? Brady Hoke? David Shaw? Art Briles? If the answer is no, why would we hire him? Isn't the point to make it to the playoffs and win? These names would be his competition every year.

    The playoffs? You mean the four-team playoff starting next year? How about we finish in the top 25 before we start worrying about making the playoffs.

     

    Who knows if Craig Bohl would out-coach those guys. Could he? I mean, he took an FCS team to Manhattan and out coached an outstanding head football coach by the name of Bill Snyder, and defeated the defending Big 12 champions. Give him the talent and facilities and support of Nebraska compared to North Dakota State, and who knows who he might be able to out coach...

     

    By the way, that win over K-State was just the most recent of 5 consecutive wins NDSU has had against FBS competition. They're currently 11-0, #1 seed in the playoffs, and looking to three-peat. In other words, Craig Bohl is the Nick Saban of the FCS.

     

    Yeah, isn't that the goal? To make it to the playoffs. Or have I not been reading things correctly the past couple months when people say they want Pelini fired

     

    Sure. And Craig Bohl would be somewhat of an unknown, since he hasn't coached FBS or won a title there.

     

    But we're not going to hire anyone who's an absolute lock to make it to the playoffs. Those guys all have jobs already. Anybody we can hire is going to be somewhat of an unknown. Bohl's the only realistic candidate out there who can say he's been a college football head coach who has not only made the playoffs, but who has won multiple national championships.

  3. Brown's never even been a coordinator. Never been an assistant head coach. I mean, we all love the guy and he'd be great in front of the media, but come on...

     

    But the more I watch things, the more I think there is a place for a hands-off head coach that simply provides stability and morale to the team and makes broad, command-level decisions. Imagine Brown with Pat Narduzzi as DC and Noel Mazzone as OC, for example. It would totally work.

     

    You would want that staff going up against the staff of Alabama, LSU, OSU, Auburn, etc. in the playoffs if we happen to make it?

    Po, what's your point? You keep bringing up the playoffs as if our current staff would fare well against any of those opponents, even though they haven't even been able to bring home a Big Ten conference title - even with Ohio State disqualified last year.

     

    When did I ever say anything about the current staff? Im saying, if people want more than this staff is giving them, then this better be a BIG hire. Someone that can compete nationally, not just in the B1G. The "OSU Urban Meyer" hire if you will.

    Fair point, but I don't think it would have to be as big a splash as Urban, and I don't think there's any way it will be. But Gary Anderson was a hell of a hire for Wisconsin, in my opinion. Something along those lines would be fine - a head coach with previous success at other head coaching jobs who would know how to put a staff together, recruit, and who has a winning blueprint.

  4. Brown's never even been a coordinator. Never been an assistant head coach. I mean, we all love the guy and he'd be great in front of the media, but come on...

     

    But the more I watch things, the more I think there is a place for a hands-off head coach that simply provides stability and morale to the team and makes broad, command-level decisions. Imagine Brown with Pat Narduzzi as DC and Noel Mazzone as OC, for example. It would totally work.

     

    You would want that staff going up against the staff of Alabama, LSU, OSU, Auburn, etc. in the playoffs if we happen to make it?

    Po, what's your point? You keep bringing up the playoffs as if our current staff would fare well against any of those opponents, even though they haven't even been able to bring home a Big Ten conference title - even with Ohio State disqualified last year.

  5. Since everyone always asks this about Bo, Ill ask about Bohl. Do you think Craig Bohl would outcoach Nick Saban? How bout Urban Meyer? Les Miles? Brady Hoke? David Shaw? Art Briles? If the answer is no, why would we hire him? Isn't the point to make it to the playoffs and win? These names would be his competition every year.

    The playoffs? You mean the four-team playoff starting next year? How about we finish in the top 25 before we start worrying about making the playoffs.

     

    Who knows if Craig Bohl would out-coach those guys. Could he? I mean, he took an FCS team to Manhattan and out coached an outstanding head football coach by the name of Bill Snyder, and defeated the defending Big 12 champions. Give him the talent and facilities and support of Nebraska compared to North Dakota State, and who knows who he might be able to out coach...

     

    By the way, that win over K-State was just the most recent of 5 consecutive wins NDSU has had against FBS competition. They're currently 11-0, #1 seed in the playoffs, and looking to three-peat. In other words, Craig Bohl is the Nick Saban of the FCS.

  6. Brown would be the most logical interim head coach to me, too. Not because I think he'd be a good head coach, but because I think he might be the only guy on the staff who is loyal to the University of Nebraska regardless of who else is around him. If Bo is gone, and the other assistants have no shot at getting the head job, what's their motivation in December? I mean, sure, they might try to win the bowl game because they love their players, but recruiting? Not going to happen.

  7. Bohl would be a pretty intriguing hire, if you ask me. Has demonstrated success as a head coach, understands how to recruit in the midwest. His teams play smart, and they play disciplined. They have become a superpower in their league, and have been routinely taking down FBS programs (like the defending Big 12 champions).

     

    It would be fair to say that Bo is a more successful defensive coordinator than Bohl. It would be equally fair to say that Bohl is a more successful head coach.

  8. "Us against the world" will work to motivate people in short spurts but not long-term, because the motivation comes from other people, and not from within. Even Alabama will concoct some ridiculous "us-against-the-world" narrative heading into a big game, but those games are truly won back in June/July. Us-against-the-world doesn't work in June/July, or in Fall camp, when every fan base thinks they're going to go undefeated and the media doesn't have access and isn't writing about the coaching staff being on the hot seat.

     

    During those summer days, which is when great football teams are formed, the motivation to be great has to come from within.

  9. So you know, there are a lot of fans out there who should probably shut the f•ck up, too.

     

    Sure, but they're never going to. EVER. The real problem is that the coaches and players don't know how to deal with it other than make it an "us-against-the-world" culture, and that doesn't work when things are going well and the fans are behind you.

  10. I'm someone who doesn't think Bo should be let go, but this culture of "us-against-the-fans," is one of the biggest indictments of his coaching staff.

     

    I like posting on this board because I like Nebraska, and I like football. I enjoy talking about the game of football. It's a great chess match. I don't know that much about it, and I wouldn't be able to teach someone proper throwing mechanics or how to tackle properly. I barely understand gap integrity or how adjusting a blocking scheme can affect a defense.

     

    However - to the players and coaches - I do know how to fix this: STOP READING ABOUT YOURSELVES. Stop reading what random people post on Twitter or on message boards, stop reading articles about you in the paper, stop listening to talk radio shows that are about you.

     

    Anybody who has ever written a great TV show, or a great song, or a great book, or anything that has to do with show business or entertainment (which absolutely includes sports) has learned this lesson. You have to stop reading what other people say about you, and you have to stop caring so much about what other people think. Focus on yourselves, on getting better each day, with each rep.

     

    It's unbelievable to me that our staff hasn't figured this out. Our fan base isn't any more positive or negative than any other fan base. When we start 5-0 and beat a good team on the road, we all think we're going to be playing for the national championship. When we lose 3 games with what everyone thought was going to be an easy schedule, people will become negative. Learning to block out all of that static noise is part of taking this game one day at a time, one game at a time, otherwise you'll never handle success and failure equally. It doesn't seem like a coincidence to me that Bo's teams have routinely played hard and fought to get tough wins when their back is against the wall, but when they have all the momentum in the world - they falter.

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  11. John Bonham was a great rock drummer. "Nobody's Fault But Mine," is a great song, but it isn't in 9/5, it's just in good old 4/4 time with the occasional pause and some mixed meter thrown in on occasion, and you have no clue what you're talking about.

     

    Oh YEAH?

     

    You're probably right..That's NOT really the Toyota Guy in the instructional videos..

     

    :thumbs You sure seem to know what you're talking about though. :worship

     

    Your description of the timing of that song is really unique but I kinda like it..It's a lot simpler than what/how I vaguely remember those other "Music Educators" describing it..The switch from 4/4 to 9/5 might be an exaggeration but what they were debating seemed just as implausible. (Wish I could still find their discussion..it was more than a little entertaining)...I doubt it will help me any better to hit the drum head at the right time though...

     

    Beginning in the fifth? bar, The time signature in the breakdown which occurs after Verse 2; one measure of 4/4, one measure of 2/4, two measures of 4/4, then one measure of 2/4. But then he throws in a "Pause" as you put it, which totally throws me off if I haven't heard the song in a long time (And I'm tapping along on my steering wheel).

    For the longest time I thought it would be impossible for Bonzo to play that thing live without headphones or at least ear plugs..and the videos I've seen of him playing it, he plays it a little different IIRC.

     

    Simple rhythms aren't always bad just as complex rhythms aren't always good, it's just that I think I finally understand why so many rap/hipty hop songs employ drum machines in their "songs?" or rants...Few human drummers could stand the boredom of playing it.

     

    Nobody's arguing that Bonham isn't a great drummer, or that Led Zeppelin wasn't a great band, or that "Don't Give It Away," isn't a great song. It is a great song, and it's got some very cool rhythmic stuff in it.

     

    But it's flawed to think that because a drum part may or may not be complex, the song or genre as a whole may or may not be complex. In Hip Hop, the drum beat serves a different function than in other genres - it has to groove, it has to have some vibe, and it has to stay out of the way. Since vocals in rock aren't as rhythmically active as in hip-hop, a rock drummer has a little more freedom, they don't have to be as minimalist.

     

    Here's Hip-Hop drummer ?uestlove, playing with D'Angelo. Is what he's doing complex? No. But there isn't another drummer in the world who can play this beat and groove that hard.

     

     

    The idea that Hip-hop drummers aren't good musicians or are beginners is also flawed. Here's hip-hop drummer Chris Dave playing a Herbie Hancock tune, "Actual Proof."

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFQd9KLdiT8

  12. I'm also a music educator, and it's always great to have students in the schools composing or improvising music - engaging in creative activity.

     

    As far as the drums go… If playing in 4/4 time and 5/8 time simultaneously isn't sophisticated, I don't know what is. I guess it depends on how you define sophistication. I'm defining it as "including a high degree of complexity and refined structure." If you're thinking of "sophistication," as something that is limited to upper-class, pompous wine-tasters, than you're not going to think of hip-hop as sophisticated, because it's usually vulgar or offensive. But the structure of the music is every bit as intricate as any other genre, especially when it comes to rhythm.

     

    Some other guys to check out that are virtuosic MC's like Eminem who create rhythms of tremendous complexity:

     

     

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