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Scott didn't seem to make much adjustments this season.  His excuse to not running I-formation more was that they didn't have enough plays for it.  Well, make some more.  Mills should have played more in the first half instead of all the swings and screens.  Putting in a different QB wins us this game and the Purdue game likely.  He doesn't seem to communicate well with his players so they know exactly what type of situation they are in like Martinez running out of bounds.  He has to be told before the play that running out of bounds is not an option, but wasn't.  If he had an OC that called the plays, he could focus more on little things like this.

 

Even when our defense plays better, they can still be counted on to let us down.  30 seconds left should have been an easy stop for the DC.  Reminds me of the defense collapses late in the Colorado, Purdue, and Indiana games.  Gotta make stops when the game is on the line.  Even with some calls that went our way, Iowa still got in FG range.

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9 hours ago, chamrocck said:

Wow this was a tough season.  Never thought we'd struggle so much.  Colorado, Purdue, Indiana, and Iowa.  All winnable games and if we had just split them the season would have a very different outlook but instead we went 0-4.  This was really more of a 7-5 team but there is plenty of blame to go around and there is so much to fix so it's gut check time...are you in this for the long haul or not?  Better find out quick.  We are riding the Frost train for a long time.  And I think that is the right move considering we have to keep younger players and recruits.  

 

As for this game vs Iowa:

Play calling was poor.  The swing passes and bubble screens were terrible.  We don't have the blocking to make these plays work.  More athletic defenders blow up this play regularly.  

Mills was having a strong game and then we go away from him?  Why?  Run the hot hand.

McCaffrey comes in and shows immediate impact on the game and then really is not considered again, despite AM struggles to move the ball. 

Clock management was awful as we all know.

Taylor-Britt made a nice pick six but seems like he is always in slow pursuit mode on big plays and it happened today again.  He needs to gain speed.

The defense has no pass rush.  Man, this has been a problem for going on a decade that I have harped on every season.  Why we don't recruit pass rush specialists is a major blind spot.  

Special Teams is not very good as we know.  

 

Future outlook:

What the heck do we do with so many things to fix?

Get healthy.  Wandale was missing big today.  I think we need to use him much smarter next season.  Warner and Pickering were missing due to injuries this year too and it hurt us big time.  

I think the OL recruiting is going in the right direction.  This has to happen for Frost's vision on offense to work. 

I'll wait and see on how the recruiting finalizes but if we don't finish in the Top 15 then I won't be impressed.  This is now Priority #1 until signing day.  

I think McCaffery is the starter next year.  I think Frost wants the Mariota / Milton prototype.  AM is too big, indecisive, and plodding for this.  To me he actually looks like he needs to drop weight and get back to more lean athleticism.  Vedral fits it more but is a poor man's version of it.  McCaffrey is somewhere in between it seems but his pure athleticism needs to be on the field.  He is a dangerous runner much more so than the others and seems to have the best play action abilities. 

MoWa...we could have used him for sure.  Will he be back?  

What the hell are we doing with the TE's?  Seems like we have a lot of them on the roster and none are making a difference.  We need at least one who excels as a blocker and another as a receiver threat (Hickman?).  Gosh this position seems so underutilized.

WR's...we are thin.  Williams, Noa, and Woodyard are senior departures and none of them did anything this year.  We are in need of serious upgrade at WR.  

Defense...yikes?  Some bad asses need to emerge from this heap of ashes.  Defensive player development is crucial.  If I am a stud defender recruit we need to land these recruits because you could be a serious legendary Blackshirt. There is a ton of playing time to be had.   

 

So, no more buying into the hype:  

First year...it was almost impossible not to be optimistic with Frost's hiring (like how could that not be worth 2-3 more wins just for that?).  Didn't happen.  

Second year...OK we now have that cruddy transition season over, we have our QB, and the schedule is easy...easy 8-9 win season.  Really didn't happen.

Third year...wow, we are not where we need to be after 2 crappy seasons.  I'm calling 6-6 next season.  Tell me why I am wrong.  I'm in with Frost because he is our long term coach but I think this is a long term fix. 

 

GBR.

   

 

 

 

This is really good.

 

Only thing I’d add is about JD.  He’s explosive and makes plays.  We got Wandale and it’s like we don’t need him anymore.

 

However, I’d never let him return a punt again.  I have never seen someone field so many punts inside the 10.

9 hours ago, chamrocck said:

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23 minutes ago, Lightfighter214 said:

1. If this continues the way it has, the sellout streak is gone. There were a bunch of empty seats there yesterday. 

 

People keep saying things like this and it just is really far from actuality. First of all, the tickets are sold 5 months before the season opens. I can tell you as one of the poorest/newest season ticket holders around, when I get my chance to select tickets at the very end of the window, there are scant few available still. This has not changed a bit over the past 3 years. It is the same in basketball, btw. Nebraskan's buy these damn tickets still.  Now, they may have to reduce the donations at some point, and even that is a HUGE maybe, but as sure as I sit here today, we could lose every game for the next 5 years and the U would find a way to move all the tickets with ease.

 

Secondly. There were NOT a bunch of empty seats yesterday. Attendance was again 89.6K which is a full stadium.  Were some people hanging out in warmer areas and were some students missing? Yep.. But saying that fans didn't show up to the tune of almost 90k is wrong, and that is for a 5-6 team in a sleet fest on a holiday weekend. 

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16 minutes ago, Husker03 said:

People keep saying things like this and it just is really far from actuality. First of all, the tickets are sold 5 months before the season opens. I can tell you as one of the poorest/newest season ticket holders around, when I get my chance to select tickets at the very end of the window, there are scant few available still. This has not changed a bit over the past 3 years. It is the same in basketball, btw. Nebraskan's buy these damn tickets still.  Now, they may have to reduce the donations at some point, and even that is a HUGE maybe, but as sure as I sit here today, we could lose every game for the next 5 years and the U would find a way to move all the tickets with ease.

 

Secondly. There were NOT a bunch of empty seats yesterday. Attendance was again 89.6K which is a full stadium.  Were some people hanging out in warmer areas and were some students missing? Yep.. But saying that fans didn't show up to the tune of almost 90k is wrong, and that is for a 5-6 team in a sleet fest on a holiday weekend. 

Moos said it year 1 when he was hired.

Tickets for Nebraska Indiana were what 20?

People are at wits end. You can see it, feel it. 

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Something is seriously wrong with Martinez.  I won't be surprised if it comes out in the following week that he was playing on a torn ACL or some other really serious injury.  Excellent post by @chamrocck

 

On a lighter note, I learned the HB board AI is getting way smarter.  I saw several ads for Pepto Bismol as the game ended.  Get out of my head Skynet!

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8 minutes ago, Lightfighter214 said:

Moos said it year 1 when he was hired.

Tickets for Nebraska Indiana were what 20?

People are at wits end. You can see it, feel it. 

 

You're talking about secondary market tickets. They've already been sold and are being resold.

 

I think some people are talking a last second loss to a decent Iowa team pretty hard. We win that game and none of these raging hot takes permeate the board. 

 

We're going to be fine next year. It's a tough schedule but these kids are learning to fight harder. And we won't be a team dominated by Freshmen and Sophomores.

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To the OP:

We have talent-more so than Iowa....and multiple other teams in the B1G

Mills looks good- No idea why we went away from him

AM- Looks like he bumbles and stumbles when running.  Incredibly slow this year.  And afraid of contact ( I think he is hurt)

Luke- One big play, but it changed the game

LB's- RUUD needs to do something with the ILB's

Defense- Announcers called it.  Strong arm QB and 32 secs left....Gotta get pressure.  And we didn't

Swing pass-Frost's go to play.....You can block more defenders with less offensive guys....

We had a chance.  We were beating Iowa in the 2nd half. I know Frost mentioned he had a limited set of plays for Noah and Luke.....I would've kept Luke and his limited play set in.....Or told him to go JLo and option right, option left, QB keeper....

The kids didn't quit- We have some gamers

Leaders need to emerge and they will.  I think it will be some of the young guys.....

Gotta get depth.  Really hurt us down the stretch....

 

Frost needs to listen to the commentators from the B1G during the game.  They continually called out the miscues...ST play, the swing passes never working, running motion that put more "forced" defenders to the play side etc....Frost is here for the next five years. He needs to learn.  I hope that he goes out and gets actual analysts who know the B1G.  Guys who can break down his game film and show the problems and continued miscues....I hope he embraces his No Fear of Failure and leaves it on the field every game next year.

 

Three losing seasons and no bowling......Red shirt miscues....Questionable coaching.....Regression in year two?  I think this negatively impacts recruiting....

 

I see 3-9 next year as the bottom....Another 5-7 unless some drastic improvements take place...

 

I'm just sick of the excuses.  Other places do more with less......

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4 minutes ago, lo country said:

 

I'm just sick of the excuses.  Other places do more with less......

How long have those other places had their coaches/systems in place?

Also people love to say Pat Fitzgerald is a great coach who does more with less. How much more did he do this season?

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10 hours ago, Jason Sitoke said:

They won’t be top 15, and it’s unfair to expect that after this season.  I’m hoping for top 25 with little attrition. 

So you expect him to recruit as good as Bo, but only win 5 games. 

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9 minutes ago, Nebfanatic said:

How long have those other places had their coaches/systems in place?

Also people love to say Pat Fitzgerald is a great coach who does more with less. How much more did he do this season?

Matt Campbell went 8-5 in year 2 at Iowa State.  They had 3 losing seasons before he got there.  They don't get remotely as good as recruits as Nebraska. 

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7 minutes ago, Packerhuskerfan said:

Matt Campbell went 8-5 in year 2 at Iowa State.  They had 3 losing seasons before he got there.  They don't get remotely as good as recruits as Nebraska. 

I bet if we played in the Big 12 we would have a better record.

13 minutes ago, KingBlank said:

So you expect him to recruit as good as Bo, but only win 5 games. 

He is already recruiting better than Bo so I'm not sure what you are trying to say

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21 minutes ago, KingBlank said:

So you expect him to recruit as good as Bo, but only win 5 games. 

I expect him to recruit as well as can be expected given the way the season played out. 

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33 minutes ago, lo country said:

To the OP:

We have talent-more so than Iowa....and multiple other teams in the B1G

Mills looks good- No idea why we went away from him

AM- Looks like he bumbles and stumbles when running.  Incredibly slow this year.  And afraid of contact ( I think he is hurt)

Luke- One big play, but it changed the game

LB's- RUUD needs to do something with the ILB's

Defense- Announcers called it.  Strong arm QB and 32 secs left....Gotta get pressure.  And we didn't

Swing pass-Frost's go to play.....You can block more defenders with less offensive guys....

We had a chance.  We were beating Iowa in the 2nd half. I know Frost mentioned he had a limited set of plays for Noah and Luke.....I would've kept Luke and his limited play set in.....Or told him to go JLo and option right, option left, QB keeper....

The kids didn't quit- We have some gamers

Leaders need to emerge and they will.  I think it will be some of the young guys.....

Gotta get depth.  Really hurt us down the stretch....

 

Frost needs to listen to the commentators from the B1G during the game.  They continually called out the miscues...ST play, the swing passes never working, running motion that put more "forced" defenders to the play side etc....Frost is here for the next five years. He needs to learn.  I hope that he goes out and gets actual analysts who know the B1G.  Guys who can break down his game film and show the problems and continued miscues....I hope he embraces his No Fear of Failure and leaves it on the field every game next year.

 

Three losing seasons and no bowling......Red shirt miscues....Questionable coaching.....Regression in year two?  I think this negatively impacts recruiting....

 

I see 3-9 next year as the bottom....Another 5-7 unless some drastic improvements take place...

 

I'm just sick of the excuses.  Other places do more with less......

I wonder what Rhamir  could have don’t yesterday? Not worth blowing the RS through. Probably would have had two swing passes for -3 yards each 

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