Apparently, they haven't been following this thread very closely???
Athlon and the others have been doing this a long time. They realize that these kids refine their games and the games slow down as they become upper classmen. You hear the coaches, the players, the outside quarterback gurus say that he is making great strides. It's the very reason Devaney and Osborne redshirted almost everyone. Their teams were full of fifth year seniors. Osborne said he didn't like freshman eligibility. Bo says the same thing. It's because the game has become NFL like where players are full time projects. The schemes have become complicated. The playbooks thicker. The techniques more refined with time.
Martinez was short changed as he played early out of necessity. He wasn't given the time for more maturing and refining. The playbook changed year to year, making it difficult to grow into the finished product. All the little things that quarterbacks do were constantly put on the back burner due to time restraints and rules. The good thing is learning on the job maybe isn't pretty but eventually it is very effective if you can stand the obvious heat inflicted.
I'm looking for big things from the kid. Year two in the same offense means the game slows way down. He finally gets that chance to get coached the way he would have been in a normal situation without the many transitions. The gurus have been around the game long enough to know there will be steps forward. The final progress is up to Martinez himself. He appears to be doing everything he can to refine his game. Frost took the same heat from the same fans. It turned out OK for him. He never overcame his shotput motion but his game evolved non the less. Evolved enough for a crystal ball and a ring.
His statistics are on pace to re-write much of the Nebraska record book. Calling them not-great is a bit of an understatement. But you are right. You put a great NU defense with that team and they would have been up there.
Statistics can be very misleading. For a long time, Tommie Frazier held the school record for TD passes (until Zac Taylor broke it), but he was hardly a great throwing QB. Any time that a QB has the opportunity to start for 4 years, he will probably set a number of school records. That does not mean that he is a great QB. It just means that he had a lot of opportunities to set records.
I really hate Penn State! (And I'm not that wild about Iowa either.)
We had a lot of problems last year and Martinez was one of those problems. I don't know if he was the biggest problem, but he was certainly a problem. I don't see him being a huge weapon in the future. Even with the improved footwork I'm sure his throwing motion will still hinder the team. He throws behind receivers a lot, which is why receivers drop those a lot...because they have to awkwardly readjust. He has good straight line speed but nothing beyond that as a runner...He also makes a lot of "Brett Favre decisions" ...For instance if he's running outside of the pocket and has two options: throw it away or throw it into triple coverage...I think he throws it into triple coverage
It seems that everyone is intently focused on his throwing motion and pocket presence. Fine, these are valid considerations. But just for awhile let's think about the interior make up of this young man.
What I see, I like. A lot. He is internally driven to excel and is doing everything he can to improve his game. This will continue throughout his collegiate career. He is smart and a leader. Before he became confident in the system, he hung back and let others take the lead. He rightfully did not feel worthy of the leadership mantle. Now he does and the light is coming on and he is responding like any good quarterback would. This year things will slow down yet again and the play book becomes more familiar and new plays will be evident. His performance should reflect that.
Every chance I get I give my opinion that this year may or may not be gang busters, but I look at it as a giant practice session for 2013 and see the parts in place for a run at the national championship.