now, at this point, we've seen what this team is, which is a mediocre football team that makes a lot of mistakes.
is it possible that we'll see some changes? I suppose it's possible. The team made a big stride last season after getting their asses handed to them by Michigan, but that was due to culture/buy-in imo.
maybe it would be easiest to take a quick look at anything that's looked good this season?
maybe Wandale Robinson?
not the OL. not the RBs. not the WRs. QB hasnt been that great either but it's tough to pin anything on one player or even one position group when they're pretty much all contributing to the mess.
defensively maybe nobody?
so, it seems as if the OL sucks, and the WRs cant get open. exasperating the problem is that because the OL is struggling, defenses can stack the box to shut down the running game, and our WRs cant get open to make them pay. then on passing downs, our OL gives up pressure vs 3 and 4 man rushes while the rest of the defense drops into coverage and nobody can get open.
I think that AM was affected by the bad snaps but also the pressure the OL is giving up plus WRs not being where they're supposed to be. I think he was probably trying to make the big play or the perfect play too often instead of just making a safe play.
the OL is definitely struggling, not sure if it's because Jurgens is new and not making the correct calls or what. remember that he's learning on the job, the kid has never played OL before in his life. I will say that while I do see Jurgens standing around on occasion, for the most part I dont think that I've seen him get blown up with his blocking assignments. The problem has been both of the OGs and both of the OTs.
I also think that the playcalling isnt helping much at all, and I think that the coaching staff is having a tough year all around. I think they're realizing that lincoln was a dumpster fire before they came in and it's going to take years to fix (as many correctly thought), and I think they're realizing that the B1G isnt quite the same as whatever shit conference they played in before.
Talent-wise, I think NU is still a long ways off.
Plus, it's going to take a few more years before there's solid veteran player leadership in the program.
It's a problem when your two offensive captains are soph.
It's also a major problem when a grad transfer gets named a captain. yeah, great story that he came in and set a good example by working hard, but isnt this a gigantic red flag that there is a horrible lack of leadership within the program itself.
defensively, our DL was supposed to be a strength, and it's shaping out to not be the case, although I think most of the blame has to do with the LBs. The LBs dont seem to be doing that great a job at really anything. They dont seem to fill the correct holes, they overrun plays and overpursue, and they dont get pressure on the QB when they rush. The DL probably looked like world beaters in fall camp because they were going against the Husker OL every day in practice.
The secondary started the season well, and overall I think the defense is much improved if simply because they're trying to generate turnovers when they can. But shit the defense has got to be worn down considering the amount of time they've been on the field the first 7 games.
the 4 game redshirt rule is also messing with the coaching staff, imo. They're juggling the roster trying to get certain frosh onto special teams units to use their 4 games meanwhile they cant make a decision on Rhamir playing or not, they fucked up having McCaffrey run out on the field for one fucking play when Bunch could have done it, etc. I realize they want to save eligibility for these kids and build for the future, but I think you also have to consider playing some of them more, especially considering the lack of depth at several positions.
I do wonder a bit, though, if the staff is trying to intentionally save as many of the frosh for the final 2-4 games as possible.
but at this point, bowl eligibility is something that this team is going to have to fight for. Right now, they arent any better than Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, and could easily lose any or all of those games. Right now you have to chaulk up the Iowa and Wisky games as certain losses, as those two teams will simply line up and run all over our front 7.
I wonder if we'll see some personnel changes after the bye.
I realize it can be difficult to bench a player who's performing better in practice, but I'm hoping they can start to work more guys into the game like they did this past game with Bando coming in at LG for Hixson. OLB Nelson probably deserves some more time as well. you'd like to see some young WRs get more opportunities as well. If Mo and Wandale are still nursing injuries after the bye, I think you have to pull the redshirt off of Rhamir and get him some work. maybe now that Kade Warners back we'll see more production from the WRs. he blocks well and is always where he's supposed to be.
but to some extent you have to play the hand that you're dealt, and thus far this season I think the blame is at least equal if not more so on the shoulders of the coaching staff. It appears that they've been surprised that this team wasnt as good as they thought. They seem to have trouble finding plays that this team can run successfully, and they have demonstrated a halfseason of shitting the bed coming out of halftime every game. that's not on the players, that's on the coaches. where are NU's adjustments?
but hey, 6-6 or 7-5 and a bowl game is improvement.