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Our Passing Game is Terrible

Yea, we heard so much about Bonner but I haven’t even hardly seen him on the field. There have been a few names that were talked about quite a bit and then nothing and vice versa where some names on defense primarily that were never talked about and were seeing quite a bit so who knows for sure.

keeping us all on our toes. "mshrug:
 
We seem to to be somewhat efficient at bringing in 4* types and then never seeing them again.

Other teams bring in 4* type freshmen...... and they play.

Many times very well.

Weird.
Our only 4* freshmen were Coleman amd Princewell. MR did fine with the time he had but it’s not like we had a stable of stars coming in. His mo seems to be being in athletes and teach them. Don’t expect that to produce immediate results.
 
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Where is Malachi? Where is Fleeks? No disrespect to players like Ty Hahn but where is the speed and size?

I heard so much about Bonner? Where is he?
Fleeks is in his 6th year of college and has 70 career catches, 86% of those during the Trump administration. That plus MR’s issues with him at the beginning of camp and I’m not expecting much out of him.
 
Where is Malachi? Where is Fleeks? No disrespect to players like Ty Hahn but where is the speed and size?

I heard so much about Bonner? Where is he?
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Where is Malachi? Where is Fleeks? No disrespect to players like Ty Hahn but where is the speed and size?

I heard so much about Bonner? Where is he?
Clearly not trust worthy enough to take the field more than a couple of plays.

As HCMR says every week. We play the guys who practice the best that week. There have been many concerns floated about Malachi, although it appears things may be changing on that front. Fleeks was a guy they took a flyer on to provide veteran depth, plus they thought they knew the kid. Then he shows up fat, clearly demonstrating that football was not the most important thing to him. As for Bonner, he's truly an H-back type, , not an inline TE or a traditional FB. Only so much he can contribute in that role, especially with the two guys he has in front of him who should be on the field.
 
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Our passing game is terrible. We don't have any wide receivers that stretch a defense. For the life of me, I don't understand why we aren't letting our talented freshmen receivers play.

We will not be able to run against Michigan like we have against La. Tech. and NIU. We HAVE to develop a better passing game.
It does make me wonder what the deficiencies are with the freshman we brought in. Is it that they physically aren't ready or mentally not ready? My feeling is a lot of it is probably the mental side. There is a lot for young guys to take on when they come into college football. College offenses have a lot more complexity than high school ones generally do. We've already seen issues where guys get in and are in the wrong spot or go the wrong direction. I agree, I'd like to see some of them in action and see if they can help stretch the field, but you also have to avoid scenarios where a mistake leads to a turnover/penalty.

Rhule I think is playing the long game with these guys. Rather than panic and throw a guy out there before he is ready, truly give them a chance to succeed. Build up their confidence in the offense, and most importantly, make them earn playing time by what they do, not based solely on their athletic ability. When you allow guys who have always been way more athletic than everyone else, continue to lean on that as a crutch, you limit their potential.
 
Our passing game is in bad shape for the following:

1. Poor pass protection
2. WR's that just aren't athletic enough to get separation
3. Freshman WR's that just aren't ready. Most likely don't know the playbook.
4. QB's that don't see the field well and have a hard time working through progressions.

Until number 1 is fixed 2-4 are moot point at this time.
 
I doubt that good passing QBs will flock to a team with a run first and run a lot philosophy. In the Devaney and early TO years we had some decent passers, but in those years, the rules limited what you could do in a passing scheme. Now the rules are different and the late TO approach won't win very many games against decent teams that put up 35 on an ordinary day.

Maybe if you could get linemen like some of the top tier schools get, OK. But we are no where near doing that.
 
Most likely don't know the playbook.
Dumb questions here...are they given whole playbook or position parts at a time? Is half a season or more needed to really learn a playbook... (knowing some will click better than others).
 



I’ve wondered why, I see freshman playing all over the country, but rarely, at Nebraska, and especially at receiver. I mean, where is Malachi Coleman at? He was a top 10 WR. Where is all the speed Rhule brought in?

Tommie Frazier needs to come give a lesson on how to run the option. When our QB takes the snap and turns 360° and fakes to the FB, he isn’t even there. Who you faking to? Running it right and timing matters. It looks funny and off, but it’s been amazingly effective. I’ve also yet to see a pitch to the trailing TB. Haarberg looks like he’s in slow motion running it, and he looks slow, but seemingly, he’s deceptively fast, especially when he gets going. Those holes will be smaller, and faster to close next week. Going to most definitely need a passing game, and not just for Michigan.
Have you seen Tommie recently? I don't think he would be able to demonstrate the option like you'd want :cool:

I'm with you on the young WR talent. There must be something the coaches expect that is preventing the frosh from seeing the field. I figured Coleman would be out there to at least stretch the field. The Tommie Hill experiment doesn't seem to be working.
 
Have you seen Tommie recently? I don't think he would be able to demonstrate the option like you'd want :cool:

I'm with you on the young WR talent. There must be something the coaches expect that is preventing the frosh from seeing the field. I figured Coleman would be out there to at least stretch the field. The Tommie Hill experiment doesn't seem to be working.

Rhule/Satterfeld's WCO-based system requires much more precise route running than most HS WRs have ever seen. (Yes, the WCO is returning to Lincoln, eventually.) Given that Nebraska (at least this year) is a run-first team, it also requires WR BLOCKING. Coleman, per the roster, came in at 190 lbs. Bullock is listed at 205. The coaches undoubtedly want Coleman to put on some weight/strength this season. He also might not have enough experience at being a blocker to be good at it yet.

Lastly, I agree, Tommie Frazier's days of demonstrating the option, even in practice, are long over. I think even he'd admit that.
 
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Have you seen Tommie recently? I don't think he would be able to demonstrate the option like you'd want :cool:

I'm with you on the young WR talent. There must be something the coaches expect that is preventing the frosh from seeing the field. I figured Coleman would be out there to at least stretch the field. The Tommie Hill experiment doesn't seem to be working.
Plus TF was a horrible teacher. Stud player, bad coach.
 

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