Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: We're one of "7 storied programs" expected to struggle

  1. #1
    Administrator Chris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    18,486

    Thumbs Down We're one of "7 storied programs" expected to struggle

    "And guys, if there are 15 players on Ohio State's roster better than Tanner Farmer, not only will I eat my shorts, I'll eat yours!" - Red Said Ted

  2. #2
    ".........can you really trust a Big Ten West program not named Wisconsin?"

    Lets prove 'em wrong.

  3. #3
    Maybe it's just the kool-aid or the rose colored glasses, I expect NU to be better this year--maybe a lot better---

    QB--I see a more efficient QB that will make better decisions--what we give up in the QB run, we get back in draws and screens
    RB--can't see where we lost anything--TN was a solid player, but not a game changer--the other 3 with another year of experience will be very good
    OL--Again, another year of S&C and another year in this system--they should be better than last year (CAV better hope so)
    WR/TE--We lose a lot of experience here, but SM and DPE have a lot of game time--expect at least one of the incoming freshmen to contribute
    Defense--It's all about Diaco and Elliot--the last time we brought in a top-line DC (Pelini in 02) the defense was radically better--expect big things from the D in 2017

    And you heard it here first--MR wins BIG coach of the year

    GBR

  4. #4
    Blackshirt
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Black Hills of South Dakota
    Posts
    741
    Seriously......Man sometimes (when it comes to Husker News that is ). I REALLY HATE THIS TIME OF YEAR.....When sports writers have nothing better to do than cook crap up to write about or in some cases start kicking over rocks and see what they might find by accident.

    Look at it logical though.....We are finally getting to see what Riley's West Coast Offense will look like basically give and take a few skill players that he will tailor specific things too....New UN Big 10 tested Quarterback.....New full time guys at Running Back and Wideout ......Plus you throw in a complete Defensive make over from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and throw in a couple of important new Coaches and of course you gotta expect growing pains..........The real trick will be how fast the staff can get this deal rolling ......They sure picked a doozy of a season to do all this but hey it is what it is.....Good or Bad.....Come the End of this season we will have all our questions answered and more.

    I am betting on Nebraska, but hey this is football....And it can change so much from 1 play to the next.


    Go Big Red !

    Doc.

  5. #5
    Son of Bobfather HuskerFan2002's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Posts
    15,075
    Meh, it's literally Bleacher Report. Gotta take them with a grain of salt, guys.

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by HuskerFan2002 View Post
    Meh, it's literally Bleacher Report.
    I hadn't even noticed that until you mentioned it. When did they change their layout?

  7. #7
    While it isn't a great list to be on, I have a hard time disagreeing with any of the issues they listed. And they did point out improved expectations from the QB as a sign for optimism....which I also agree with.

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holiday View Post
    Seriously......Man sometimes (when it comes to Husker News that is ). I REALLY HATE THIS TIME OF YEAR.....When sports writers have nothing better to do than cook crap up to write about or in some cases start kicking over rocks and see what they might find by accident.

    Look at it logical though.....We are finally getting to see what Riley's West Coast Offense will look like basically give and take a few skill players that he will tailor specific things too....New UN Big 10 tested Quarterback.....New full time guys at Running Back and Wideout ......Plus you throw in a complete Defensive make over from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and throw in a couple of important new Coaches and of course you gotta expect growing pains..........The real trick will be how fast the staff can get this deal rolling ......They sure picked a doozy of a season to do all this but hey it is what it is.....Good or Bad.....Come the End of this season we will have all our questions answered and more.

    I am betting on Nebraska, but hey this is football....And it can change so much from 1 play to the next.


    Go Big Red !

    Doc.
    yep.

    every preseason assessment and prediction will basically say that NU is set up for a disappointing year, and/or have too many questionmarks to put them near the top.

    they'll be listed as a darkhorse, and a team to watch out for (if their new QB and new 3-4 come to fruition, watch out... etc)

    but from the outside looking in, you cant expect anything else.

    NU lost a TON of statistical production from last year's team. leading tacklers, sack production, passing/rushing/receiving.

    gone is a 4 year starter at QB. replacement is two guys whove never taken a snap under center at NU

    gone is the starting RB, and all the rushing production from the QB

    gone are all the starting TEs and every TE that ever caught a pass in college.

    gone are a bunch of senior WRs, and depth is thin again at the WR spot

    plus keep in mind that even regarding the OL, most analysis ignores that Foster is a returning starter because he was hurt the majority of last year, so many view the team as returning only 3 starters, all of whom were hurt at various points last year and generally underachieved.

    then you also throw in a completely new defensive scheme

    so of course all of the non-NU media outlets are going to predict a mediocre season. we as hardcore fans know otherwise, but these types of articles are to be expected the entire offseason and fall camp and probably right up until NU beats someone of note during the season.

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by GatorHusker View Post
    .....so of course all of the non-NU media outlets are going to predict a mediocre season. we as hardcore fans know otherwise, but these types of articles are to be expected the entire offseason and fall camp and probably right up until NU beats someone of note during the season.
    Exactly, the only damage this can do is if the team, in one form or another, internalizes any of the negativity.

    This causes me to circle around to a place that most don't want to go, but I'm going there anyway.......... just briefly. Imo the degree of separation between the team psyche and the fan's/media's opinions are closer at NU than most places. Imo NU fans carry a bigger responsibility to maintain a degree of optimism even in the darkest of times.

    I, like everyone else, don't always like what I see. I feel it is only fair to express opinions about what I would like to have done. I think that comes with the Husker territory. What we need to keep in mind however is that the media reports what we demand. They ask the questions we want answers to. Fair enough, that's what the media does.....that's what they get paid for. So when we dislike something and express it, I feel there has to be a way out. Everyone needs to feel there is a method that can be used to correct less than likeable results.

    Sometimes terminations are the best way, but often a little patience can correct problem areas that are fixable without throwing the program into a constant "do over". Sometimes things are just not "fixable" with existing individuals. That's up to the head coach to correct. That's why he (or she) gets the big bucks. Results matter, and any head coach worth their salt, is aware of that. That's why before I push the termination button as a fan, I always suggest a look at what I would like to see fixed long before I shout for something more drastic.

    I have several individuals I know who feel that one fan shouting is not heard. I feel in this day and age it is. It becomes infectious, and it eventually finds it's way to the program. The coaching staff can only insolate and isolate so much in this day of electronic media.

    Does it even matter that some media organizations beat us up? I think it doesn't help at the least, and may hurt at the worst, but the only way I can think of to shut them up is to prove them wrong by winning.

    Gator is right.....by the numbers it looks as though it won't be easy. If articles stop there we should be fair game. They never do. They, since they are composed of humans,
    do what humans do, they carry it too far and slam programs beyond what they should.

    A long winded meandering post. I had some spare time......and this is what happens

  10. #10
    Blackshirt
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Black Hills of South Dakota
    Posts
    741
    Not a bad read at all and you just go right ahead and meander we don't mind.....Hell I do it all the freakin time and it don't stop me.....But anyway before I drift off on another rip snorter ......I have said more than once until we do something noteworthy and prove we can maintain our ways we are going to keep catching all sorts of hell from about everyplace you can think of....And I know for a fact the staff we have now fully understands that.....They also are not shy about using psychology in terms of team motivation.....Mike Riley has long been known as a hands off type of coach when it comes to direct interaction with one of his team's psyche and instead will find an assistant coach who is very well liked and respected by the team and let them run with headline material for instance......Take the recent comments from Iowa and it's new O coordinator ......He insulted the entire Nebraska Pipeline not just the recent players and that's one big group of big ugly guys with bad dispositions to begin with that you really do not wanna piss off......Well rumor has it that Brian Ferentz's words found their way to the entire group of guys that play those positions at Nebraska and it really fed the already burning fires.

    Go Big Red !


    Doc

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •