Wednesday, September 5, 2012
That's All, Folks
If you think the fact that NU is burning three redshirts on the defensive line is a coincedence, then you're not Columbo. The front four is completely devoid of playmakers. Actually, completely devoid of anyone who can disrupt the offense more than once a game by accident. We're not looking for nitpicks, of course. We are pointing out glaring holes that will be targeted and abused as the season goes on.
--Taylor Martinez has a new throwing motion!! As has happened the last two seasons, media members and NU fans have popped a collective boner after T-Vagic's first big-stat game against a bad team. His throws did look a tad better. At least his arm raised above his head on certain throws and he even looked like a man a few times. However, let's wait to see what he does against even a mediocre defense. Watching the tape, there were a lot of completions into small windows that won't be there against faster opponents. There were also a lot of misses, where Martinez threw to the wrong side of the receiver and turned a 20-yard gain into an eight-yard catch.
All that said, Taylorina ran once for six yards. He did his pussy-assed slide at least twice. SO, he can't run, and is a sub-par passer. Why exactly doesn't NU get a pass-first QB who can distribute the ball to its bevy of receiving options? Anyone can hand off and pitch to the running backs.
--Linebackers: Hard to analyze much thus far, other than the facts that Alonzo Whaley showed glimpses of potential. Sean Fisher got a good score on his MCAT, so television announcers will have something positive to talk about when he gets burned and misses tackles regularly. We'll see if they can run down Brett Hundley, UCLA's talented dual-threat QB. PYB isn't feeling great about this matchup...remember Kain Colter of Northwestern? Well, we do and we also remember that the NU defense lost its only three good players from last season.
--Defensive backs: Incomplete due to no meaningful action or game situations. They did, however, show some depth and athletic ability. Mo Seisay is set to travel to Los Angeles, so we'll see if he can become a contributor or the next Armando Murillo.
--Special teams: Terrible. Hopefully, we can chalk up the kicking woes of Brett Maher as an exception. We'll see. BUT, Nebraska's golf pro/special teams coach should realize that special teams are a difference making proposition, especially when there is so much parity in today's game. Stuffing the team with nine white walkons won't cut it. Take a page for the mid-1990s when the kick teams were loaded with up-and-comers with speed and talent and even a couple starters. You know, guys who make plays? Not some dildo from Howells who has "earned" the chance by standing around for four years. Jesus......is it that hard a concept?
--Offensive Line: PYB abstains. Sure, NU racked up more than 600 yards. No false starts or stupid penalties. Now, let's see it against a good team, on the road, or even better.....a GOOD team on the ROAD....for four quarters!
--Receivers: Looked able, sure-handed, fast, strong. Good. Do they have anyone who can get it to them against worthy opponents? We say no. We hope we're wrong. We don't think we are.