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From yesterday's press conference...
Did... did Bo say the D is in the same shape as he arrived in 2007?? I had to have heard this wrong. Someone... clarify this one for me plz— Brian Towle (@btbowling) September 10, 2012
In actuality, Bo was suggesting that this year's team is similar to the squad he coached in 2008. I see two possible meanings from Pelini: either he's suggesting this team has regressed back to where it started OR that this team will give rise to a championship defense next season. Neither of which are very comforting for this fall. Yes, Pelini won nine games during the 2008 season. But shouldn't his teams, with his specialization in defense, get better over time? Not regress to the 70-90th range? And there weren't many solutions offered. Should Pelini burn redshirts to get the interior threats that he needs to make the two-gap work? Should he force players who don't know the system on to the field just to get some speed out there? Or should he stick with his starters who appear to be either stuck in concrete or otherwise caught flat-footed?
What would you do? Can Pelini fix this before Big Ten play? Is a Big Ten championship too lofty of a goal?
Another question I'd like to pose: is Pelini's steadfast adherence to his two-gap scheme born out of some false belief? Did Suh, Crick, Hagg and Prince set the development of this defense behind? Would Nebraska have been better off having a truly bare cabinet on defense?
Two weeks in a row! Great job, Meghan!
Nebraska football and other stories after the Jump!
Yesterday's Corn Nation reports:
They forgot about you fans for watching every painful moment.
Seriously, he stuck with Nebraska in a BCS bowl against Oklahoma.
It's like a cruel joke.
It was a bad week for the so called "top tier" teams.
May cause frothing at the mouth.
We talked about things that matter. And DallasHusker really was in a good mood!
It's a tough thing being Nebraska.
The Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Network have announced that Nebraska's Sept. 22 home game against Idaho State will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on BTN.
Mark your calendars!
That’s going to mean doing some things differently. It’s not a new opportunity — Nebraska has had it before under Pelini – but it is becoming more urgent with each loss, close or otherwise.
I think this article sums up most of y'all's frustrations.
After playing virtually no snaps in the first two games, linebackers Zaire Anderson and David Santos moved up to the No. 1 unit Monday at the Will spot, working alongside middle linebacker Will Compton. Expect both to play, linebackers coach Ross Els said. "These guys are much more progressed in understanding how we play the game and what we need to do," Els said. "They’ll see playing time."
Read: we're getting killed out there and these two are just a little bit faster in the speed department.
Randy does sort of gloss over the 2007/2008 comment. I'm not sure what else Pelini would say... "yeah, I'm pretty much done with this, mostly just yelling at people now, lining up some interviews."
–Pelini said the Nebraska defensive line has not been up to his standard so far this season. Missed tackles have plagued Nebraska at all levels, but the defensive line in particular really struggled on Saturday, missing out on a number of lost-yardage plays.
I think there's the slightest bit of an understatement in there.
Despite what you may hear or read, the season is not over. The 2012 season remains a very good opportunity for Nebraska to break their conference championship drought. The B1G (Nebraska included) is somewhere between not very good and downright pathetic. But here's the thing: 10 years from now, few people will remember that it was a down year for the league. They'll just remember who won. If (and that is a rather large "if") Nebraska can win the Legends division they would have an excellent chance to beat whomever comes stumbling out of the Leaders division. Obviously it will take some drastic improvement as well as a bit of luck, but it can definitely happen.
A reminder - Taylor had a decent outing. He wasn't the weak link.
Beck's play calling in the second half was like a Roomba in a cardboard box.
The Nebraska offense talks about the collapse some more.
Well, I'm glad they've learned sharing is caring. If only the defense could teach other offenses that, we'd be better off.
"Start on me. Bad tackling. Something we have to get fixed or guys like me can easily be replaced," Whaley said. "I just need better tackling and as a defense we didn’t tackle well, either. That’s what killed us most of all." Someone brought this up in last night's chat.
I just thought y'all should know, the players hear you. Or at least they're thinking the same way. THAT'S SCARY. GET OUT OF MY HEAD.
NSFW - yelling profanities at your computer might garner strange looks.
I'm all for putting Enunwa on defense.
I'm really curious - is our defensive front seven really slow? Or are they being caught flat-footed? Can we convince Pelini to have them run some 40s? Maybe have them tackle too? Mostly tackle. For the love of all that is precious, TACKLE SOMETHING.
Interesting piece about Pelini. Would be kind of cool if Pelini takes this UCLA game and last season's late stage collapse and turns it into a Osborne-esque ten year run of good luck. (h/t DallasHusker)
Arkansas State (1-1)
Ready for another challenge? I believe it's a matter of public safety that Nebraska finds a way to win Saturday.
Arkansas State struggled to beat Memphis. I think we can breathe a little easier. As long as the Huskers sped the week in tackling drills, I think we'll be okay. If we lose, feel free to lose it, because it means we're as bad as Memphis.
Memphis led for much of the first three quarters before giving up the lead on a touchdown in the fourth to fall 33-28 to the Red Wolves.
Seriously - losing would be embarrassing.
ASU Announces $22 Million Football Facility Project - Arkansas State Athletics Official Web Site - astateredwolves.com
I wonder if the BCS schools that pay them to play will get plaques on the wall of donors.
Big Ten (16-8)
4. Nebraska (1-1)
Previous rank: 2
Week 2 result: Lost to UCLA 36-30 Rex Burkhead is the heart and soul of the Nebraska offense and while Ameer Abdullah was successful — 16 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns — it is hard to believe that Burkhead isn't worth at least six points throughout the course of any given game. Be it leadership, blitz pick-ups or carrying the load, not having Burkhead had to have helped UCLA pull off the tight home win. A much bigger culprit, however, would be the Black Shirts defense. Nebraska allowed 653 total yards and let Johnathan Franklin top the 200-yard mark for the second time this season (26 att., 217 yds, TD). The Huskers didn't slow quarterback Brett Hundley down much either, as the freshman threw for 305 yards and four scores to go with his own 53 yards rushing. Finally, quarterback Taylor Martinez wasn't close to the same passer he was last week against Southern Miss. He went from the league's most efficient passer (212.46) to someone who took costly sacks, completed only 54% of his passes and failed to throw a touchdown (96.9 QB). The good news for Huskers fans is that UCLA is simply that much better than expected and the offense churned out 438 yards.
This week: Arkansas State (1-1)
"Panic is for the outside world," Bielema said. "Reality is where I live." Biels? Um. You just fired your offensive line coach in week two of the season. If that's not panicking, I don't know what is.
Purdue should really consider genetic screening for ACL strength. On a serious note though, get well soon Mr. Marve.
Get well soon, Mr. Roberson.
WE RUINED TAYLOR'S FUTURE.
He remains stable in an ICU. There's a cute story about his hair and a link for those who have the means to donate towards his future.
But he already had three shoulder operations - one to repair his left shoulder after the 2010 spring game, one on his right in December 2010 and another to his left last October.
Cripes. Tough kid. Here's to a bright future.
Texas A&M would then realize they had forgotten to pay off Slive; alas, they had already lost to Florida.
Still ahead of the ACC and the other conferences. WOOO.
Yeah, let's not worry about BCS, national championships or the SEC. Let's win a crappy Big Ten.
How about Bo Pelini? AMIRITE? /sarcasm
Take a look at how Western Kentucky prepared for Goliath. (They lost.)
The lesson? Go for it on fourth!