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Meltdown. Can Frost manage it this week?

CO4NU

All Legend
10 Year Member
I don't disagree that this should have been Frost's last year. But it's a done deal. Terv's givig him a chance to come back and fix it. He may can him part-way into 2022 . . . but Frost will be the coach to start the next season.

I believe that also.

I do believe enough is enough but I'm not being consulted about it.
 

Uncle Buck

Heisman
20 Year Member
A dedicated, experienced ST coach probably has the kids on the sideline and says "we can't take the chance of a block down here . . . we're going punt safe (like I have coached you extensively) and you need to get this kick off FAST."

I'm not sure what this unit was told there, but it sure doesn't look like they were geared up to avoid a block.
It appears the linemen were instructed not to block, but to basically release
 

ramsker

Short...but slow
15 Year Member
Holy cripes. I just watched the replay of the punt block. Hardly any of our linemen even bothered to block. Just released and ran downfield. The three punt protectors didn't stand a chance

Yup. You might be on alert deep in your own end of the field for a block late in an game with a big leaad. Especially when Iowa has everyone except the water boy in the box Maybe call a timeout to get on the same page?

This team with no dedicated coach? Nope.
 

36Blast

Coach Search Extraordinaire
5 Year Member
Dude, he’s had people on the end of his foot every other game! Punters are supposed to feel pressure, not be oblivious to it. No one is defending anything, it’s a simple observation that we have a seriously marginal guy punting. Are you of the belief that we can get a new punter via free agency? We put who we have out there, unless you are suggesting we go for it on 4th down every time?
Again, who's that on?

And you still haven't been honest enough to address the jailbreak we saw. So no breakdown, right? It's all on WP? As another poster likes to use on a daily basis...

OK
 

36Blast

Coach Search Extraordinaire
5 Year Member
Holy cripes. I just watched the replay of the punt block. Hardly any of our linemen even bothered to block. Just released and ran downfield. The three punt protectors didn't stand a chance
And that my friend is called coaching.

Those damn Specialists are always at fault.
 
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ramsker

Short...but slow
15 Year Member
By the way, I saw enough from Smothers today in his first ever start to move on from Martinez. Unfortunately, it was Frost putting Smothers into bad situations in the second half that cost us a win.

There isn't an incoming OC worth their salt who will want Smothers to be QB with their butt on the line. I'd bet the farm on a transfer coming in to run the offense if AM doesn't come back (and maybe even IF AM comes back). Smothers does not have the arm to scare defenses. At best, he's a slightly-better-than-McCaffrey passer who can get some intermediate hits off play-action.

You need a guy who can run "good enough" and really sling the rock when needed--deep and to the sidelines with authority.
 
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pitch

Scout Team
20 Year Member
So you saw a 3 step punter, casually moving forward, to the point he almost kicked a ball in the butts of the blockers? We may need a special teams coach, but we’d be slapping high fives if we had a decent punter who recognized pressure.
Our Punter had 4 punts for a 30 yard average today. Every starting high school punter in Lincoln averages better than 30 yards a punt.
 

MHKHusker

Fake Quarterback
5 Year Member
There isn't an incoming OC worth their salt who will want Smothers to be QB with their butt on the line. I'd bet the farm on a transfer coming in to run the offense if AM doesn't come back (and maybe even IF AM comes back). Smothers does not have the arm to scare defenses. At best, he's a slightly-better-hen-McCaffrey passer who can get some intermediate hits off play-action.

You need a guy who can run "good enough" and really sling the rock when needed--deep and to the sidelines with authority.
Couldn’t of said it better. Smothers looked so good in the first half because Iowa had no film on him. Once they saw what we were trying to do with him running the show they made adjustments that any team would. Gave me a McCaffrey type vibe as in “show us you can throw the ball accurately downfield”. We win this game with Martinez in my opinion
 

MHKHusker

Fake Quarterback
5 Year Member
By the way, I saw enough from Smothers today in his first ever start to move on from Martinez. Unfortunately, it was Frost putting Smothers into bad situations in the second half that cost us a win.
Smothers looked awful once Iowa adjusted. We win this game with Martinez in all likelihood
 

BigRedFA

Recruit
10 Year Member
at this point, i would rather we just make a HC change now.. i dont want see another year of this go on
Yup, fire the coach and pay the full buyout. Settle for whomever is willing to take the job. Has it really been that long ago that everyone forgot that is how we ended up with Mike Reilly? We fired a coach and then went weeks without anyone being interested in the job so we get whatever dead fish washes up on shore. Seems like a solid business decision.

FWIW, I hate losing just as much as the next person. I also don't want to pay coaches not to coach and still have a coach that is not taking us anywhere. Nebraska has been in this black hole for over a decade now.
 

HuskerWeatherman

Feral Cat
20 Year Member
Smothers looked awful once Iowa adjusted. We win this game with Martinez in all likelihood

Doubt it.

Frost overreacted and went pass heavy just as soon as Iowa closed the gap. He would have done the same with AM. And I've seen Martinez crumble many times in this same type of scenario.

Also, AM hasn't been able to run effectively for a month. Heck, many our most positive plays in the first half or so were when Smothers had some nice runs -- when Frost was still committed to running.

I'll bet Frost went more run heavy in the first half with Smothers than he would have with Martinez. Yet, our offensive was actually as effective as it's been all season when we were committed to the run -- but Frost bails on that so easily...too easily.

If AM had played, I doubt we'd ever gone up 15 -- because Frost would have passed more from the start.
 
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