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  1. 2017 five worst coordinator hires in CFB (Pat Forde) My goodness. It's a sad joke that the Huskers have had three of them on the payroll. Bob Diaco, Nebraska. “At least Diaco’s hair is perfect.” Shawn Watson, Pittsburgh. “overall offensive production is on pace for its lowest levels since 2011” Tim Beck, Texas. “The only Big 12 team with a lower pass-efficiency rating or averaging fewer yards per play than the Longhorns is Kansas”
  2. 12. Mike Riley, Nebraska Riley is no stranger to coaching on the professional level. He had a disastrous stint running the San Diego Chargers but won two Grey Cups while in charge of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. His pro-style system would translate seamlessly to the NFL and his nice-guy persona could serve as a nice foil to some of the more hardline personalities in the pro game. I am happy to see our coach on the list. http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap3000000495537
  3. I have followed my beloved Huskers from afar. I live in Tenn now in the heart of SEC land and yet I see all the husker games. Nebraska has as good as athletes as they do here but here they are actually coached and taught here in the SEC. The Peleni regime did not teach these young men and it showed on game day. Riley is a teacher of football and he'll bring with him coaches that will teach these young men. You will find that this team will so much more discplined by the end of next year and be competing for a championship the year after.
  4. Seeing how we typically don't bring in the extremely flashy, highly reviewed type (based on star ratings and such), is it safe to say that the star system of recruiting is irrelevant to what kind of team we actually have, and will have in the future? I used to get so caught up in the competition side of it, constantly being disappointed by what average star rating of recruits we were bringing in. Not so much anymore. Does it make a huge impact for Nebraska and our success during the season?
  5. 1. This team is, actually, extremely talented. This team could have beaten Ohio State. I believe it. The talent is there. 2. This team is an emotional team, and they live and die by passion. When there's a dark cloud, it pours, and nobody functions right. When it's sunny, people look like angels. 3. (by way of 1 and 2) The players on this team are not disciplined. And I put this one on the coaches. The kids are talented, and I saw them actually come alive and 'want' this game - which I wanted to see. But I officially move my take on this team to not being sure about coaches vs players being more to 'blame', to shifting towards the coaches. I think these kids want to win, I think they have heart, and I think they have talent. 3a. This includes controversial TMart - I think if he was better utilized (as in, a passing and running game built round him rather than some other system), the offense would be closer to unstoppable. Actually using him in 'the run game' in a direct fashion this week was nice to see. But where was that all year long? I've been dying for it. He's talented. And the play-action off of the QB-lead / counter play was what lead to one talent. (I was close to changing my stance on Tmart last game, but, at least I know he really has the heart of a champion inside him). It pains me to say that I don't think he's been adequately developed over the last 3 years. And my respect for him has actually grown, considering the effort he put in on the offseason. 4. This team will not be dominant until someone can teach them how to dominate. I think especially in this college setting, there is a critical leadership/attitude role that does come top down. But these kids are not taught how to dominate, how to impose, how to lord over opponents. They don't have the killer instinct, the don't have the "I'm going to come out and beat you down" attitude. They, IMO, have the talent (Rex is out and we still had an awesome run game). But they don't have the leadership. The leadership isn't there. And to go back to Tmart, I don't think anyone's taught him or helped him how to lead, which I suppose furthers my 3a sentiments. So what does this lead to? I don't know what coaching changes need to happen. I could draw a line to Bo Pelini and say that the "temperamental"ness of the team / offense trickles down from him. (But his defense played well today, so, maybe that's not fair). Still, I had an observation... Bo out there in his hoodie.... I'll make a comparison to coaches I've ((removed - don't like much)), but respect for their success - Jim Tressell (sp?), That USC coach who I'm glad I can't remember his name now, Pete Carol, and even Joe Pa. They had a certain poised-ness, and I won't just say 'not wearing hoodies'. And I think that relates to the team, or, at least what I'm feeling here. I would like to cite Dr Tom, but, I confess I wasn't around to see him on the sidelines - I'd have to watch more film on him, or how he handled different situations. However, from the various interviews I've seen from the last 5+ years since I've started seriously following the CORNHUSKERS, I will say he had what I'm talking about - the poised, almost professional, killer instinct. From what I can tell, TO was about being prepared and excellence, execution, etc. That's where championship dominance comes form - the attitude that is interdependent with being prepared - fire, not just flash. Channeled fire, that can forge un-breakable spirit, and the will to dominate. That's what this team doesn't have -- at the very least, it's completely absent on offense. It seems to show up at times on defense. But as a whole "attitude" - I believe the kind that led to past respect for Nebraska - isn't there. I want to see that. But, I don't know where its going to come from. Someone needs to teach this team how to do that, and I think if they did we'd have a much different feeling about the season. Until that is returned, and until there is a solid identity on offense (especially), and the tradition of Blackshirts are upheld, Nebraska will remain ... as they were today, playing relatively undisciplined and disorganized for most of the game, except when there are favorable emotional circumstances.
  6. Coaches Poll is out. NU ranked #20. Is this where we should be? http://beta.usatoday.com/sports/ncaaf/polls/coaches-poll/
  7. No matter how we lose, people can use the result to suit their own predispositions about the coach and the team. It is damn funny to read the board after a loss like this. This loss falls COMPLETELY on Bo because: a) It's his job to motivate the players and keep them focused on the next game b) He's not playing the players that are difference makers (Osborne, SJB, etc) c) He loses to a bad team every year, so it's a pattern with him and his staff or Bo is a great coach and it's ludicrous to blame this loss on him because: a) His D-line is thin and secondary is inexperienced b) Sometimes Nebraska loses. Get over it. c) Coaches don't play the game, the players do Aren't there some reasonable people on here that have an abstract enough mind to conceive of the possibility that several factors contributed to the loss today. It reminds of people who think that we need to adopt a certain offensive scheme or formation and that will answer all of our prayers. I believe that we learned today that Northwestern was capable of playing 60 minutes of sound football. Nebraska is not talented enough (and hasn't been in over a decade) to overlook any team in the FBS. The defense is still a struggling unit, despite last weeks over achieving performance against a similarly over rated Michigan St team. And the Nebraska running attack is not a given against anyone. Nebraska should be ranked in the 20-25 range. They remain a second tier program, vying for a chance to win a perpetually mediocre conference. Pelini has pulled the program from the doldrums, but they are obviously far from elite. There should be no talk of firing the coach, and likewise no more threads about how 'we could win the national title if .......'. Yes, Nebraska lost a game you wouldn't think they should lose. But it happens. That being said, it does NOT excuse the loss nor should it alleviate the coach from being accountable for how his team fell short today. I think that's a reasonable response to this loss. But this is a forum, so let the volatility commence.
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