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So much for reasonable expectations in year two.   Edit: I tried uploading a picture, but it didn't work. Anyways, Phil Steele has Nebraska playing Utah ... in the Rose Bowl.    Ed

I, for one, am perfectly fine buying into hype.  That's part of being a fan.

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4 minutes ago, Undone said:

 

Due to the easier schedule I definitely agree.

 

So it's kind of a weird place to be right now with expectations. My standards are still the same as they were 20 years ago - Winning 10 games in the regular season is a "good" season and winning the conference title constitutes "great." But honestly, I really don't expect that either will happen this season.

 

However, going 9-3 and* then setting us up for 2020 would feel pretty decent.

*Edit: And having another recruiting class for 2020 on par or better than 2019.

 

 

 

It’s not only the easier schedule. If we played the same exact schedule as last year and our defense was mediocre, we would likely win at least 4 more games. Our defense was bad last year, and we had several close games. Mediocre would be a large improvement. 

 

If we move up the rankings in major categories from 100th to 70th it’ll make a difference. 

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1 hour ago, Undone said:

 

I'm pretty surprised to hear you say the bolded.

 

We don't really have the horses to stop Wisconsin's run game. Hell, we may not even have the defensive coaching staff to stop Wisconsin's run game. 

 

I desperately want to be wrong and go 11-1. I'd be pounding Miller High Lifes with complete euphoria after the final seconds of the Iowa game in this scenario, LLLLLLLOL.

 

Wisconsin doesn't have the horses to field a top 10 defense the past 5 years being that they recruited far below Nebraska...yet they somehow did have that top 10 defense.  Why is that?  Coaching.  They were disciplined and they were well coached.

 

We can be that as well now.  We don't need to have top 10 talent all across the board.

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11 minutes ago, BlitzFirst said:

 

Wisconsin doesn't have the horses to field a top 10 defense the past 5 years being that they recruited far below Nebraska...yet they somehow did have that top 10 defense.  Why is that?  Coaching.  They were disciplined and they were well coached.

 

That doesn't have anything to do with my point.

 

I'm talking about stopping Wisconsin's run game. Not about what other offenses Wisconsin's defense shuts down.

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1 hour ago, Undone said:

We don't really have the horses to stop Wisconsin's run game. Hell, we may not even have the defensive coaching staff to stop Wisconsin's run game

 

 

No one did. They failed to achieve 5 ypc last year only twice (4.7 and 4.8) and they still rushed for over 200 in both of those.

 

They still lost five games.

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21 minutes ago, Undone said:

That doesn't have anything to do with my point.

 

I'm talking about stopping Wisconsin's run game. Not about what other offenses Wisconsin's defense shuts down.

 

 

Yes it does.

 

He’s saying our defense can be top 10 if we have good coaching, even if we don’t have “the horses,” because Wisconsin has been able to do that. 

 

He’s saying if our coaching is good we can stop Wisconsin’s run game even if on paper we don’t have the most talented defense. 

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27 minutes ago, brophog said:

 

No one did. They failed to achieve 5 ypc last year only twice (4.7 and 4.8) and they still rushed for over 200 in both of those.

 

They still lost five games.

 

That is just absolutely not an accurate statement, and I'm not that interested in YPC in this argument. Let's take in isolation the PSU/Wisconsin game from last year in which Wisconsin lost 22-10. I'll even take out the multiple sacks that led Wisconsin's quarterback to have -43 yards rushing on the stat sheet.

 

Taking out those negative 43 yards, they only ran for 252 yards. Let's not split hairs here - PSU "shut down" Wisconsin's run game and played excellent defense overall; that's how you beat Wisconsin. 

 

Juxtapose that with our stat line against them: They rushed for 370 yards and embarrassed us in the fourth quarter like they have almost every time we've played them since entering the Big 10.

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5 minutes ago, Moiraine said:

He’s saying our defense can be top 10 if we have good coaching, even if we don’t have “the horses,” because Wisconsin has been able to do that. 

 

I understand his point.

 

Using that point, "we didn't have good defensive coaching" last year then when Wisconsin ran for 370 yards against us and gassed us/embarrassed us in the fourth quarter.

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22 minutes ago, Undone said:

 

That is just absolutely not an accurate statement, and I'm not that interested in YPC in this argument. Let's take in isolation the PSU/Wisconsin game from last year in which Wisconsin lost 22-10. I'll even take out the multiple sacks that led Wisconsin's quarterback to have -43 yards rushing on the stat sheet.

 

Taking out those negative 43 yards, they only ran for 252 yards. Let's not split hairs here - PSU "shut down" Wisconsin's run game and played excellent defense overall; that's how you beat Wisconsin. 

 

Juxtapose that with our stat line against them: They rushed for 370 yards and embarrassed us in the fourth quarter like they have almost every time we've played them since entering the Big 10.

If allowing 252 rushing yards is shutting down someones run game then we are gonna be an elite run D this season.

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2 minutes ago, Nebfanatic said:

If allowing 252 rushing yards is shutting down someones run game then we are gonna be an elite run D this season.

 

I'm not talking about just any old "someone." This is Wisconsin we're talking about here. They're the gateway to winning the West and their offensive strategy/execution is formidable.

 

Furthermore, PSU sacked their QB five times and he had -43 yards rushing on the stat sheet in that game, so it was 209 yards rushing in total.

 

Our defense last year, on average, was absolutely terrible by the Husker football standard. If it doesn't greatly improve we're not going to have the "minimum of 10-2 season" that so many seem to be predicting. That's all I'm saying. The Big 10 is not the AAC; you don't have a "Frost in 2017" season without having a good defense in this conference. 

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7 minutes ago, Undone said:

 

I'm not talking about just any old "someone." This is Wisconsin we're talking about here. They're the gateway to winning the West and their offensive strategy/execution is formidable.

 

Furthermore, PSU sacked their QB five times and he had -43 yards rushing on the stat sheet in that game, so it was 209 yards rushing in total.

 

Our defense last year, on average, was absolutely terrible by the Husker football standard. If it doesn't greatly improve we're not going to have the "minimum of 10-2 season" that so many seem to be predicting. That's all I'm saying. The Big 10 is not the AAC; you don't have a "Frost in 2017" season without having a good defense in this conference. 

Sack yards come on passing plays, Wisconsin still ran it well on PSU. Regardless, I disagree to a degree. Obviously our defense has to get better, but I really think the Frost formula is perfect for defeating Wisconsin even if the defense isn't shutting them down. Hell, we almost beat them last year after getting in a hole. Typically, we would want to put them in a hole with our quick strike scoring ability and force them out of their element. I think the genius of Frost will shine this season with everyone pulling in the same direction now. We will be able to cover our weaknesses and expose our opponents like we haven't seen in a long long time. Great coaching is a thing of beauty.

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49 minutes ago, Undone said:

That is just absolutely not an accurate statement, and I'm not that interested in YPC in this argument. Let's take in isolation the PSU/Wisconsin game from last year in which Wisconsin lost 22-10. I'll even take out the multiple sacks that led Wisconsin's quarterback to have -43 yards rushing on the stat sheet.

 

Taking out those negative 43 yards, they only ran for 252 yards. Let's not split hairs here - PSU "shut down" Wisconsin's run game and played excellent defense overall; that's how you beat Wisconsin. 

 

Juxtapose that with our stat line against them: They rushed for 370 yards and embarrassed us in the fourth quarter like they have almost every time we've played them since entering the Big 10.

 

Um .... no.  252 yards is not shutting down anything.  Maybe .... maybe .... "slowed down" a little bit.  But Wisconsin averaged 284 rushing yards per game last year after taking all the sacks out.  Holding them 30 yards under their season average is not shutting them down.  Western Kentucky "held" them to 246 rushing yards.  BYU "held" them to 204.  Northwestern held them to 165 - that's about as close to shutting them down as you can hope to get.  252?  Not so much.

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57 minutes ago, Undone said:

 

I understand his point.

 

Using that point, "we didn't have good defensive coaching" last year then when Wisconsin ran for 370 yards against us and gassed us/embarrassed us in the fourth quarter.

 

 

You said it had nothing to do with your point but it does. He’s saying with good coaching a team with lesser talent can still have a good defense, and Wisconsin has shown that.

 

We sucked at defense last year and maybe we’ll suck this year. Maybe our defensive coaches or coordinator aren’t good. I have to think we’ll make some improvement just based on it being year 2 with the same staff.

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9 minutes ago, Moiraine said:

 

 

You said it had nothing to do with your point but it does. He’s saying with good coaching a team with lesser talent can still have a good defense, and Wisconsin has shown that.

 

Please read this carefully: I don't care how good Wisconsin's defense is or why they are or aren't good. This is because Wisconsin's defense doesn't play Wisconsin's offense, therefore no parallels can be drawn to what they do on defense to stop Wisconsin's offense.

 

It sounds ridiculous to actually type that out but there it is.

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