NU had so much talent they were 10th out of 14 teams in the conference for first/second/third team all conference nominations.
but wait, that's because the coaches misused them or miscoached them into underperforming? or is it that the coaching staff did more with less considering they didn't finish 10th in the conference in W-L
a thin OL that suffered injuries resulted in a poor rushing game, and a career 50% passer resulted in a poor passing game.
defense held up most of the season, but losing 3 DTs and a DE with eligibility probably hurt more than they showed early in the season.
I'm not laying this all at the feet of the players, but imo MR and staff need to be given another 2-3 years to see what they can do on the field and recruiting.
but I realize many made up their minds before he even coached a game in Lincoln
So who exactly did we do more with less than? Who is the team out there with more talent that we outshined? All american votes are based on performance on the field, not potential. I can't see the argument that Indiana has more talent than Nebraska due to them having more all conference players in the coaches vote.
Some of us judged Riley based on what he had done in the past, and were concerned because he had never been successful, and was in a job where the school pretty much wanted him out anyway. That concern doubled when, instead of building a staff full of great coaches, he brought the same guys he has failed in the past with.
I gave them a chance at the start of last season, and again this season. I'd love for him to prove me wrong, early on this season I was hopeful that was the case. I'm not afraid of having to admit I was wrong about him and his staff, so there's no reason not to put my judgement out there. I'll give them another chance next season, but won't expect as much because they continue to confirm what I thought in the beginning.
Do I know who we should have hired? Nope. But I do know if you fire a guy who hasn't had less than 9 wins a season, you better make an upgrade. We didn't even try.