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The three things a team needs to win and where I’m at with it

Dreaded last words. I remember thinking during the Riley era that it couldn't get worse than this...then Scott Frost came along. The inner-pessimist in me thinks that it can always get worse.
It was the coaches. Neither had a clue. Riley never had a clue, and Frost didn’t give a crap when he got to Nebraska. That matters. Greatly!
 
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Dreaded last words. I remember thinking during the Riley era that it couldn't get worse than this...then Scott Frost came along. The inner-pessimist in me thinks that it can always get worse.
Agreed. Rhule's first years at Temple and Baylor were 3 wins combined. Now I know the situations are different: more talent, less turmoil, etc. etc. etc. But we don't know how far he's torn it to the ground before rebuilding. I'm not saying it's going to be worse, but it could be, based on his past experiences.
 
1) Quarterback – Cautiously optimistic

It’s hard to say who will start, but it seems like Rhule is taking a long look at offenses that have worked at Nebraska in the past, which means more qb run game. Is that Simms? Is that Haarberg? I don’t know but worst-case scenario Thompson starts and he’s not bad.

2) Offensive Line – Doubtful

Maybe with the addition of Scott, Nouili back from suspension and a healthy Prochazka the O-line looks different. But I am highly skeptical. They have been terrible.

3) Defensive playmakers – I’ll believe it when I see it

Reimer and Henrich are solid players who should have a big season. But I don’t know if there is a Mike Brown, Lavonte David or even a Jojo Doman on this team. Is there a guy who can bail the defense out consistently? I don’t think so.

I’m not saying this team won’t win games but I think they’ll have to be a well-coached, mistake-free team to compete for the west division. 6-6 sounds about right.
I'd put offensive line at #1 on the list, considering it is the foundation of the offense. Quarterback position will be rough, regardless of who we put back there, if we can't establish a decent pocket this season.

I don't expect the offensive line to be incredible out the gate, but I would expect them to improve. I think there was some marginal improvement late last season. Give them a full offseason and allow Rhule and crew to pour into those guys, can we at least get to respectable up front? I think there is a shot.

I feel okay about the QB position. Like you said, Thompson is a known quantity. I don't think he will be a Heisman candidate, but he can certainly handle the job. I've seen a ton of Haarberg clips coming out of spring ball. Not sure if that is because he is becoming established as a guy up the depth chart or just coincidence. Simms comes in with quite a bit of hype. Torres had a lot of hype coming out of high school (pre-injury), is he in the conversation at all?

Defense was a real disappointment last year, but did have some positive moments after the coaching change last year. I think from a personnel standpoint, we will probably still struggle there, but hopefully we can coach up what we do have to maximize potential.
 
I'd put offensive line at #1 on the list, considering it is the foundation of the offense. Quarterback position will be rough, regardless of who we put back there, if we can't establish a decent pocket this season.

I don't expect the offensive line to be incredible out the gate, but I would expect them to improve. I think there was some marginal improvement late last season. Give them a full offseason and allow Rhule and crew to pour into those guys, can we at least get to respectable up front? I think there is a shot.

I feel okay about the QB position. Like you said, Thompson is a known quantity. I don't think he will be a Heisman candidate, but he can certainly handle the job. I've seen a ton of Haarberg clips coming out of spring ball. Not sure if that is because he is becoming established as a guy up the depth chart or just coincidence. Simms comes in with quite a bit of hype. Torres had a lot of hype coming out of high school (pre-injury), is he in the conversation at all?

Defense was a real disappointment last year, but did have some positive moments after the coaching change last year. I think from a personnel standpoint, we will probably still struggle there, but hopefully we can coach up what we do have to maximize potential.
The defense improved a TON last year after the firing of Chins (statistically and mentally). Of course now these guys have a brand new scheme to learn which will take time to make it second nature. I’m excited about watching it play out. I expect the defense to improve over the course of the season.
 



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I think O-line should be number 1. The QB play is dependent on the O-line. Thompson did not exactly have a lot of time last year. I'm not sold on Sims yet and have a wait and see attitude. His numbers are not that good. I think the defense may struggle early on learning a new system and should improve as the season goes on. It is amazing how many games we were close to winning last year after learning how bad our development has been. Just cutting out late game mistakes would be a huge improvement.
 
If you want to win in the Big Ten, just copy Ohio State.

Kidding aside, I think Nebraska can reclaim a bit of our past with a run-heavy, fullback, QB-option type of offense. Fortunately for us, out of all the P5 conferences, the Big Ten most closely resembles the old Big 8 style of football. The Big XII turned into a gunslinger type of conference when you started seeing OU, UT and others (see: Mike Leach, Texas Tech) start running more of a 5WR, Air Raid offense. The fullback disappeared from the rosters of KU, ISU, Mizzou, etc., and it had been a staple of Midwestern football for ages.

IF we're going to run fullbacks and IF it's ever going to be successful in 2023, the Big Ten is the league it'll work in.
 




Dreaded last words. I remember thinking during the Riley era that it couldn't get worse than this...then Scott Frost came along. The inner-pessimist in me thinks that it can always get worse.
Things can always be worse. Riley, the team had no chance, he’s just a terrible coach. Frost, most everyone thought he was no nonsense, but it turned out he was just a party animal who didn’t give a damn. No one could have known as much. I know all the lineman NU has recruited don’t suck, so putting them in positions to succeed, is coaching. We will see if they are better, but I can’t help but think they will be. After all, they had one of the worst OL’s in the power 5.
 
I never got what Rocky saw in her. Tessa Thompson in Creed. That I get!
I will use my one annual post to reply to this. Rocky liked Adrian because she was the only person in the world who had compassion when Rocky told her Mike bagged Rocky's stuff from his locker and put it on skid row. Dipper needed Rocky's locker because he was a contender according to Mickey. Adrian also made sure Rocky's turtle food had more flies than moths. And finally, Adrian gave Rocky his dog Butkus.
 
A few thoughts:
1. Turnovers are a major, perhaps the major stat that determines wins and losses:

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So, did the TO's in the Spring Game represent the "new" defense?

Well to look at this I looked at 2022 NCAA stats:
Fumbles Recovered Passes Intercepted
DONU 7 9
Syracuse 9 10
WFU 7 9

So, it does not look like the 3-3-5 played by SU and WFU cause a much larger number of TO's compared to DONU, as none of the 3 were among the nations leaders. Thus, cleaning up TO's will be a job for the fall and important to the win/loss record for the offense of DONU.

2ND point for the offense, one can't over emphasize how much last years OC put the OL in bad positions with his play calls. That is, he called plays asking for 4-7 seconds of pass protection which is what this OL does least well, not only that but opposing DC's KNEW he would do that and could scheme accordingly. Double whammy for our OL :(.

When the OL did hold up, big plays to Trey Palmer, when not, injury to the QB, or 3 and out, putting tremendous strain on and average at best defense. A "good" OC would play complimentary football, i.e. drives that if they don't score, at least take time off the clock to rest the defense or flip the field so that the defense can play aggressively rather than with their backs against the wall near their own goal line. An aggressive defense can take more chances with coverages, blitzs and this leads to opportunities for TO'=enhanced winning opportunities .

3rd and final point is that scheme can assist the OL in looking good. Add a TE in blocking at point of attack, type of blocking scheme (zone vs man) and passing scheme with check downs, screens (other than WR such as Middle TE or RB) and more variety of receivers rather than just 1or 2 "great ones".

In summary, our HC caused at least two Losses last year, our OC two more. Well they are gone and again, with a "competent coaching staff" there is no reason why DONU should not have a .500 or better season in 2023.

GBR
 
I will use my one annual post to reply to this. Rocky liked Adrian because she was the only person in the world who had compassion when Rocky told her Mike bagged Rocky's stuff from his locker and put it on skid row. Dipper needed Rocky's locker because he was a contender according to Mickey. Adrian also made sure Rocky's turtle food had more flies than moths. And finally, Adrian gave Rocky his dog Butkus.
I effin love this reply. You should post at least, twice a year.
 




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