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If nothing else in the season changed except for some end of game clock management, most likely NU is 6-3. All of this stuff is Football 101. I can't believe a bunch of very highly compensated coaches can't say something on their headsets to point this out during the game. #1: Armstrong snapped the ball way too early in the waning moments of the BYU game, like 8-9 seconds left on the play clock? I suspect the sideline did not tell him to slow snaps down, and we easily gave BYU an extra 30-45 secs on their Hail Mary drive. #2: At Illinois, we need to run down the clock by running the ball, and again, wait till the playclock is down to nubs. The incomplete pass killed us, and to boot Illinois had no more time outs. #3: Against Wisconsin we needed one more first down. Since WI was calling timeouts after each NU down anyway, take the chance on a 3rd down bootleg run/pass option. No creativity at end of the WI game; none. Get the 1st down, NU wins. Clock management is basic coaching fundamentals, not rocket science, and so far this staff has likely cost NU 3 wins as a result of their inability to use the clock appropriately to win the game! Therefore, if this staff can't manage such a basic detail like managing the clock, how can they manage the complex stuff? Frustrating!

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At the end of the Illinois and Wiscy games, the coaches made the right play calls. They just made them in the wrong weeks!

 

But this wasn't unexpected. Riley has a reputation for poor clock management and misuse of timeouts. Not using a couple timeouts against Illinois was as big of a blunder as the play call. That bizarre convoluted play call of bootleg pass but with the pass would've been executed perfectly simply by calling a timeout as the playclock went to :01. Get the team together in the huddle and make sure everybody knows what the plan is instead of going off half-cocked.

 

It's In-game Coaching 101. Riley failed again.

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If nothing else in the season changed except for some end of game clock management, most likely NU is 6-3. All of this stuff is Football 101. I can't believe a bunch of very highly compensated coaches can't say something on their headsets to point this out during the game. #1: Armstrong snapped the ball way too early in the waning moments of the BYU game, like 8-9 seconds left on the play clock? I suspect the sideline did not tell him to slow snaps down, and we easily gave BYU an extra 30-45 secs on their Hail Mary drive. #2: At Illinois, we need to run down the clock by running the ball, and again, wait till the playclock is down to nubs. The incomplete pass killed us, and to boot Illinois had no more time outs. #3: Against Wisconsin we needed one more first down. Since WI was calling timeouts after each NU down anyway, take the chance on a 3rd down bootleg run/pass option. No creativity at end of the WI game; none. Get the 1st down, NU wins. Clock management is basic coaching fundamentals, not rocket science, and so far this staff has likely cost NU 3 wins as a result of their inability to use the clock appropriately to win the game! Therefore, if this staff can't manage such a basic detail like managing the clock, how can they manage the complex stuff? Frustrating!

 

 

A little extra oomph from some guys here and there could have us 6-3 too. Not absolving coaching. Just calling it like it is. Coaching is not the only problem.

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If nothing else in the season changed except for some end of game clock management, most likely NU is 6-3. All of this stuff is Football 101. I can't believe a bunch of very highly compensated coaches can't say something on their headsets to point this out during the game. #1: Armstrong snapped the ball way too early in the waning moments of the BYU game, like 8-9 seconds left on the play clock? I suspect the sideline did not tell him to slow snaps down, and we easily gave BYU an extra 30-45 secs on their Hail Mary drive. #2: At Illinois, we need to run down the clock by running the ball, and again, wait till the playclock is down to nubs. The incomplete pass killed us, and to boot Illinois had no more time outs. #3: Against Wisconsin we needed one more first down. Since WI was calling timeouts after each NU down anyway, take the chance on a 3rd down bootleg run/pass option. No creativity at end of the WI game; none. Get the 1st down, NU wins. Clock management is basic coaching fundamentals, not rocket science, and so far this staff has likely cost NU 3 wins as a result of their inability to use the clock appropriately to win the game! Therefore, if this staff can't manage such a basic detail like managing the clock, how can they manage the complex stuff? Frustrating!

 

Bingo. This is the perfect response to everyone demanding that Riley be, ironically, given "more time." A coach doesn't need to be on campus for 4 years to figure out how to run out the goddamn clock. "More time" is last the thing Mike Riley needs.

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