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  1. How should the Blackshirts be distributed throughout the season? Do you have to play a perfect game? Can you lose them if the defense plays poorly as a whole? In my opinion, I like how the staff is handling it. If you get them, you have to earn them every week. If we give up 40 points, everyone should lose em. Hopefully guys would give them back to show that they dont deserve them when that stuff happens. What are your thoughts?
  2. ...IDK about you other fellow husker fans but this assistant has me the most excited..if you watched game play of Our linebackers, rewind, watch, rewind and watch..you picked up on a never ending theme..they were always, well, more oft than nought, out of theor position...if you remember player Rudd, he was always in positions..if he knows anything, he knows all about teaching our backers to be in the correct spot on a given defensive play.. i suppose i need need to change my handle..I’m no longer “depressed”..this is first time since perhaps early 2001 football season, I’ve had hope...and I believe my “hope” is absolutely justified now in the person of Mr Frost... many coaches know the Xs and O’s of football inside and out, yet don’t possess the the other required intangibles and tangible gifts and talents a organizational leader must have..I’m persuaded Mr Frost has it ALL to put Competitive, well versed in fundamentals teams on the field..I think he will also do it sooner than later...it will be awhile before he rises the program and installs systems that churn out national title team caliber teams ever year like Ohio state..but he will make teams work to get a win against his husker teams..
  3. ..the LJS and OWH select reporters have been covering football for years, some a decade now, I wonder why Mark Phillip is being glossed over.. ...just one object example is Our O Line...perhaps 40% body fat..? virtually NO core (butt, thigh ) power and absolutely unacceptable upper body strength...and why in the world are senior lineman on the pine and young weak players starting..? It appears in Division 1 Big ten football, it take 4 years to build, physically, a offensive and defensive lineman powerful enough to compete..Rfreshm and sophomore starters all over the place..? The whole Development process is so broken in every way..when a man, specifically a lineman, who has been in the program 4-5 years is on the bench..something is seriously amiss..
  4. ...I suppose today should give ample evidence of a failed organizational leader, Mr Reilly and his methodology/approach to the game..the next coach must build his offensive around the focus of building a rushing based offensive system and stop recruiting these pass blocking profile body types...that have no no core power to go forward, only backwards in pass protection..and have insanely slow footwork..and go back to recruiting the passed over smaller, squatty type lineman that come from hard nosed, rushing offensive HS programs that can go FORWARDS...
  5. I found the below poll on an Omaha.com article about Diaco's defense, his approach and its impact on the team. I'm interested to see what Huskerboard thinks in our own poll and if we are in any way correlated with a larger, more generic pool of Husker voters. This is particularly relevant as we've recently had the validity of Huskerboard polls called entirely into question. Here's the article, for those interested. So far, this poll has 909 voting yes and 303 voting no.
  6. Would like to know how former players feel about the current Nebraska Football Program?
  7. So, it seems hard to understand, but defensively we actually regressed this week. Last week we were 108/128 in total defense. Now we are 110/128. Our pass defense remains worst in the NCAA at 128/128 and more than 150 yards higher than #127 Bowling Green... this is a level of bad that is frankly almost unbelievable. I don't think our players are that bad... I think the coaching and schemes are just really bad. Our rush defense got slightly worse but it is clear that it is being helped by the fact that everyone is throwing on us a LOT. On the plus side, Minnesota's offense #80 is much worse than Wisconsin #43, and Minnesota's passing offense is #94. So, I think we may have a decent chance to win vs. Minnesota. Northwestern is an even WORSE passing team, so we might be able to pull off an upset there. However, Purdue is #52 in passing offense...
  8. Pass attempts Looking back at the 2013 regular season, which we can all agree was largely disappointing, I've decided to take a look to see just where things went wrong in our wins and losses. Let's start with pass attempts. Was Beck philosophically different during our wins and during our losses. In our wins, we averaged about 28.5 passes per game whereas in our losses we averaged about 33.5 passes per game. Now, the argument that can be made that we had to pass more because we were behind and you need to preserve clock if you are to come back. The running game doesn't preserve clock, so you must pass. But the difference was not significant, so I'll statistically conclude that Beck was not philosophically different in our losses than in our wins but rather that his hand was forced in some cases. Examining the difference between the games Taylor played and games Taylor did not play reveals that we averaged about 28.75 passes per game with Taylor under center and about 30.87 passes per game with Tommy Armstrong or Ron Kellogg III under center. The argument can be made that we were behind more when Taylor wasn't under center, but remember that Taylor played in the UCLA and Minnesota games, whereas Ron Kellogg and Tommy Armstrong played in the Michigan State and Iowa games. So both groups were under center in 2 losing efforts. Regardless, the difference between the groups was not statistically significant. Let's take a look at each game and how much more or less we passed it in those games. Our average is 30.2 pass attempts per game. Wyoming: -8.2 Southern Miss: -2.2 UCLA: +4.8 South Dakota State: -4.2 Illinois: -10.2 Purdue: +0.8 Minnesota: -0.2 Northwestern: +11.8 Michigan: -7.2 Michigan State: +1.8 Penn State: +5.8 Iowa: +6.8 Opponent's Pass Attempts The teams that we beat averaged about 32.25 passes per game whereas teams that beat us averaged 22.75 passes per game. Again, the question remains as to how much of this difference should be credited to teams just having to pass more because they are behind and pass less because they are ahead. The difference between these two numbers was statistically significant. Let's take a look at each team and just how many fewer passes they attempted against us: Wyoming—Average: 39.5—Against NU: 44—Difference: +4.5 Southern Miss—Average: 40.7—Against NU: 37—Difference: -3.7 Illinois—Average: 37.9—Against NU: 31—Difference: -6.9 Purdue—Average: 35.5—Against NU: 36—Difference: +0.5 Northwestern—Average: 31.8—Against NU: 21—Difference: -10.8 Michigan—Average: 29.8—Against NU: 27—Difference: -2.8 Penn State—Average: 34.1—Against NU: 33—Difference: -1.1 UCLA—Average: 30.2—Against NU: 25—Difference: -5.2 Minnesota—Average: 19.8—Against NU: 17—Difference: -2.8 Michigan State—Average: 30.4—Against NU: 32—Difference: +1.6 Iowa—Average: 28.8—Against NU: 17—Difference: -11.8 So, only one team in the games we won went into desperation mode. That was Wyoming. Two of the games we lost started to pack it in and chew clock early. And conveniently enough those were the games in which we lost by the most, 20 to UCLA and 21 to Iowa. Rush Attempts In games that we won we ran the ball about 50 times per game and in games we lost we ran the ball about 35.25 times per game. I'll mention the concern with looking at just the attempts without regards to how far ahead or behind we were. But, looking back on the season, there wasn't really a point where we had to resort to the passing game and abandon the running game earlier than midway through the 4th quarter. The only exception is the Iowa game. So if there's a fault I'll place on Beck is that I think he gets a little panicky and resorts to the huck-it-chuck-it football a little to quickly when we get behind. The difference between these numbers was statistically significant. In addition, we also ran the ball an equal amount of times when Taylor played and when Taylor was sidelined with his many injuries. So, in order to get a more complete picture of how Tim Beck decided to call the game and how adequate of a job he did, let's take a look at the difference between how much we ran compared to our average. Our average for 2013 was 45.1. Wyoming: 63, +17.9 Southern Miss: 46, +0.9 UCLA: 42, -3.1 South Dakota State: 51, +5.9 Illinois: 50, +4.9 Purdue: 56, +10.9 Minnesota: 30, -15.1 Northwestern: 50, +4.9 Michigan: 43, -2.1 Michigan State: 32, -13.1 Penn State: 41, -4.1 Iowa: 37, -8.1 From a pass-run distribution standpoint, I don't think Beck had a bad game until Minnesota which was his worst play calling came this season. Michigan State wasn't good either. We were in those games until the very end, so passing to preserve clock shouldn't have been the reason. And as I think we'll see later (tomorrow's post), I don't think we were running the ball terribly against Minnesota or the Spartans either. His best play calling games, I believe came against Wyoming and Illinois. Opponent's Rush Attempts In games we lost, we faced a lot more runs than we did passes. We faced 36.87 rushing attempts per game in the games we won and faced 49.75 rushing attempts per game in the games we lost. Again, that could be due to the fact that teams wanted to chew clock. But let's take a look at the difference between the teams' average rushing attempts and how many they attempted against NU. Wyoming—Average: 37.3—Against NU: 30—Difference: -7.3 Southern Miss—Average: 28.2—Against NU: 27—Difference: -1.2 Illinois—Average: 34.3—Against NU: 48—Difference: +13.7 Purdue—Average: 26.6—Against NU: 25—Difference: -1.6 Northwestern—Average: 42.3—Against NU: 47—Difference: +4.7 Michigan—Average: 40.8—Against NU: 36—Difference: -4.8 Penn State—Average: 41.8—Against NU: 44—Difference: +2.2 UCLA—Average: 44.2—Against NU: 42—Difference: -2.2 Minnesota—Average: 45.7—Against NU: 54—Difference: +8.3 Michigan State—Average: 41.1—Against NU: 48—Difference: +6.9 Iowa—Average: 43.3—Against NU: 44—Difference: +0.7 The teams we lost to were simply just teams who liked to run the ball more. And all but one of them ran at least their average rushing attempts against Nebraska's front seven.
  9. I hadn't seen this brought up yet, but I wanted to point out the play of LeRoy Alexander. He's a RS Freshman and has been seeing a lot of playing time at safety lately. His stats haven't been overwhelming, but it seems like each game he makes a couple of really nice plays. Against PSU, he was the only person on the field that actually decided to defend the jet sweep and kept it to a 5 yrd gain when it could have went a lot further. He also layed a HUGE hit on Zwinack, late in the game. Who knows what next year holds, but I could see him almost taking Ciante's spot in that hybrid position. Anyhow, just wanted to point out that we have some nice talent in the secondary that doesn't get talked about much. I'm looking forward to what the D can build on.
  10. Does anyone know at what point in the game did the coaches ask the defensive players what scheme they wanted to run? It appears that something happened to drastically improve the defense. Was that "something" getting input from the players? It is an intriguing question for a couple of reasons. One of those is that nagging feeling that we've got better quality defensive players than is reflected in the scoring against us this and past seasons. Another is the knowledge that using "our" plans or scheme generally give better results than playing with "your" scheme. I remember that Dr. T had a staff psychologist and wonder how much that contributed to his success.
  11. I like how he is stressing the attitude of the defense, the killer instinct, urgency - and its tremendous lacking. I know it's a post game conference, but, I'm glad to hear something other than just 'execution' or 'process'. He's right, the attitude is totally off. And I hope he does focus on that. "Getting off blocks" was the first thing he said, but then he went on a pretty intense rant about attitude. If he can be so open about the problem, I hope he can produce clear results. Thoughts?
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    Go ahead and delete this if I'm repeating someone else here, Mods, but can someone explain to me why we didn't use a timeout in the 3rd quarter? You all know as well as I do that Bo Pelini is NOTORIOUS for using timeouts on defense. He's done this since he got here, to the point where you want to tear your hair out sometimes. Here is the scenario: We lose some steam going into halftime, but still lead 21-10 AND we get the ball to start the 2nd half. Taylor misses a clear opportunity to run the ball on 3rd down to get some points on the first drive. Punt. UCLA TD - 8:21 left in the 3rd - (17-21) UCLA TD - 6:02 left in the 3rd - (24-21) ....now? ....no? ...okay... UCLA TD - 3:39 left in the 3rd - (31-21) ....nothing yet? ...okay... UCLA TD - 0:26 left in the 3rd - (38-21) ....welp, too late now... And you all know the rest. Can anyone shed some light on this? I've been racking my brain since the game ended trying to figure out Bo's logic on this one. I included a screenshot in case you guys don't believe me.
  13. Here is a little something to chew on for all the Pelini apologists. I was once one of them, but facts are facts and I've only seen a stubborn man cling to a scheme that worked against the spread only when he had a once in a lifetime DT named Suh. Cosgrove doesn't look so bad now does he? FML.
  14. It's no mystery that our defense is young. Youth brings with it inexperience. Inexperience results in a lower level of performance than someone who has a lot of experience with the subject matter. For example, you're not going to be able to perform high level calculus as well as someone who has been doing calculus for years. Applying the learning curve to our situation allows (me, at least) to make sense of our defensive performance against Wyoming on Saturday night. We are a young defense, most of those players have not had any actual game reps versus a different opponent than the first team offense. That definitely makes sense according to the learning curve. Here's the learning curve for those of you (myself included) who like graphics: College athletics are slightly different, because you hear a lot about some of the young defenses that play lights out. What makes you a good player is a combination of athleticism and experience. Those who are phenomenal players as true freshman or sophomores are freak athletes. Those who are not very good players and are juniors or seniors are not very athletic. That, primarily is why I think our defense last year struggled. We had a lot of experienced players, but experience does not always equal success. They were not athletic enough, and all the experience in the world can not make up for that deficiency. What the squad we field has is a lot of athleticism. We saw that on display Saturday night, our defensive line definitely got a push; they made Brett Smith move around in the pocket (Brett Smith by the way, great athlete, good experience). Yes, we couldn't get him on the ground, but I definitely think that won't be the case with some of the quarterbacks we play this year. Our secondary forced a couple of interceptions and pass break ups; and had the D-line and LBs gotten Smith on the ground they would've had less covering to do and less yards would have been given up. By the way, SJB had a phenomenal game Saturday night (great athlete, good experience), Ciante had a good game Saturday night, too. You see in that picture that the curve starts off slow, and then becomes fairly steep until plateauing out at the peak performance level. It's no mystery that we have athletes on this defense, that their ceilings are much higher than the last two squads Pelini has fielded. What will be the crucial thing for Bo and his defensive coaching staff will be how soon they can get the players to hit that acceleration upwards.
  15. Here's an interesting stat/quote from an article that Hailvarsity.com wrote on Wednesday: http://hailvarsity.c...fending-denard/ It's crazy how you can count on one hand how many times the defense has given up a first down when it's 3rd and long. Of course the don't have other stats like how the defense is doing on 1st and 2nd downs, but they have been winning the majority of 3rd downs. I'm also surprised that this wasn't brought up before now.
  16. Lots of talk about the defense this week. Biggest area of concern on the team? I think that's fair to say after that offensive onslaught against what should have been, at the very least, a well-coached (if not overly experienced) defense. Much has been made of Nebraska only giving up 260 yards to the Golden Eagles. While that number is respectably low (Charlie McBride's benchmark was 250 yards made for a good performance), what should give us some pause is the manner in which they got those 260 yards. Southern Miss ran 66 plays - 17 of which went for 8 or more yards, or 25% of their total plays. All but four of those big plays came on the ground, including rushes for ten or more yards seven times. The secondary had a pretty good game, limiting Southern Miss' three QBs to a combined 7/19 (37%) for only 75 yards and one TD. But it was on the ground where we got gashed, most notably by Anthony Alford, Southern's all-everything freshman QB, who had several of Southern Miss' 8+ yard runs. This is why so many of us are left wondering how 260 yards allowed by the defense can look ugly. While we had a ton of tackles for loss and three sacks (a fantastic improvement over last year), this game - the first game - had some defensive lapses.
  17. Huskers' defensive growth to get early test By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com http://espn.go.com/b...be-tested-early
  18. I just finished this book last weekend. Anyone else read it? It's from the guy who runs smartfooball.com, and I would highly recommend it. It's somewhat short, but it helped me understand some stuff I never really knew. He goes into detail about the stuff like match-zone coverages we use, and discusses the "get open" WR routes Beck installed (it's from the run-n-shoot). I've also spent quite a bit of time at his website over the summer, and it's a really cool site if you're into X's and O's. Website is here: www.smartfootball.com Book is here.
  19. So I'm thinking about the Huskers for next year and I can only think of 2 areas that I'm REALLY concerned about. Defensive Line - last year it truly was a bit 'offensive' at times...I hope we can get a pass rush/penetration/qb hurries/sacks more so than last year Secondary - I think this was the main contributing factor in why the Huskers couldn't do well on defense many times throughout the year More on D-Line and Secondary later... First, let's talk about the elephant in the room...or the perceived elephant. Lots of people talk about the offensive line being atrocious and that Barney Cotton can't coach. Thing is, the offensive line had a crapload of injuries last year and they STILL did pretty damn good in my opinion. I'm talking about this...Nebraska ranked AHEAD of Wisconsin in sacks allowed. That's right, you heard it right. http://www.cfbstats.com/2011/leader/827/team/defense/split01/category20/sort01.html So that's better than 2010...it's close (only slightly worse) to 2009 and tied with 2008. So the O-Line was and is...just as good as any Husker team we've had I think the O-Line made HUGE gains last year...and with all the backups getting experience...I see them having a breakout year this year. I think our O-Line is going to become one of our strongest areas through 2012. Now on with the Defensive holes. I think Lineback will reload. I'm not worried about it. Compton is efficient. Whaley started to 'get it' the final games of 2011 and will hit the ground running. Fisher might be the only part that is unknown but I'm sure there are others that will be there ready to fill in for him if he's not up to it...to be honest, I'd put Fisher at DE...but that's just me. So, the area I'm concerned with is D-Line. Who will stand out? Anyone? Do we have anyone ready to dominate the way the Peter brothers did back in the 90's? Will Coach Kaz help out? I'm going to say this...if Coach Kaz can come in and fire up this Husker unit...people better watch out. The talent is there...it's the fire and spark that have been missing for a while...it hasn't been there since 2009. The secondary...I'm plain worried...this could be the straw that breaks the camels back for the 'skers. The only way I see them pulling this one out is if Seisy steps up and just clicks or Charles Jackson clicks right away as well. Otherwise, I see average play here at best and that's not a good thing. In closing, if the secondary can shore up things and the D-Line can get fired up...I can see 10+ wins this year. What does everyone else think?
  20. There needs to be some changes made. I am willing to give the defense a chance to develop with the new DC, but that should not take that long since he has already been on board. The secondary didn't do that bad of a job on coverage, this is probably one of the better coverage secondaries that Nebraska has had. The defensive line needs improvement, not enough pressure on the QB. The Offense is another story...if Bo don't get some changes on the coaching staff, this team will never even be a top 5 contender. The offensive line stunk in the 2nd half. No doubt about it. It has done very little this season. I am sick and tired of watching them "develop". Either get them to put out or find someone that can get them to. Cotton is a joke. He should be let go before he gets off the plane on the way back to Nebraska. Once again we had the Burkhead and Martinez show...and once again Burkhead showed why he is one of the best, because he did it for the most part on his own talent. Martinez once again showed he can either be hot or cold, depending on the series. Now that the opposition knows what he will try to do when he takes off, they are ready for the most part. For once 2nd half adjustments were less than we would expect. Usually they can come together at halftime and solve some of the problems. We didn't see that today. The team came out of the locker room flat, and it went down hill from there. I am starting to also question whether Bo is right for this job. The second half, he was melting down, and the team took his cue. Enough already, either show you can handle the job or step down. When the pressure is on, he does not look like he can keep control of himself, let alone the team. Bo is being paid to be a head coach for a major division one football program, he should act like he can handle the job, and be able to control not only his emotions, but the emotions of the team.
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