NebraskaThe word out of Husker practices this week is that the team is getting back to the basics just as if they were opening up practice for the beginning of the season. That means proper tackling and blocking. Coach Cotton said “We’ve had probably the best three-day period of practice we’ve had all year,” after Wednesday’s practice.

That sounds good and all but I don’t think it will make one bit of difference against Texas Tech this Saturday. No matter how many points the offense scores, I don’t think the defense has enough speed to keep up with speedy wideout Michael Crabtree and the Red Raider defense.

Hopefully Cody Glenn will be able to play on Saturday as he would help out a little bit but not enough for the Huskers to pull off the upset. Expect a lot of nickle and dime coverages out of the Nebraska defense and not as many blitzing linebackers.

For the Huskers to pull off the upset or keep this game close they need to go into the game with a attitude of them against the world. Similar to the game at Texas last year. All or nothing and go balls to the wall.

Anyone want to take a shot at predicting the score of the game on Saturday? Leave us a comment and let us know your prediction.

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4 Responses to “Coaching staff says it’s back to the basics”

  1. Fan4Life Says:

    I don’t know but we might wish there was a mercy rule similar to Nebraska High school 8 man football. I just keep thinking, “wait a few years and we’ll remember these slayings when we are returning the favor.”

  2. Eddie O Says:

    I really don’t know where to start…First off, I want to say that I was happy to see that the defensive coaching staff tried to do something different for this game. Unfortunately it did not work…AT ALL!! If you are going to try and put pressure on a QB, you better teach your kids how to shed blocks and quit playing “patty cake” with offensive lineman. In other words, come out of the snap like your in a 100 yd dash and when someone gets in your way…move, get around them, grab them, throw them to the side, swim, get skinny, rip through and get through the line. Their(Mizzou)offense plays with some of the widest gaps in the NCAA. Instead of jumping around from gap to gap, get your butt in a gap and sprint through at the snap!! It’s pure physics…speed wins! This is not “Monday morning QBing” these are football fundamentals that should be being taught on the practice field.
    The reason why we cant run very well against any decent team is that we are overpowered at the line. I implore anyone to look at the film and please find an offensive lineman staying on a block and playing to the whistle. Here’s the remedy for being just plain beat at the line…practice your offensive line(actually everyone for that matter)until they puke on each other, until they grasp the concept that the guy in front of them is not their friend, buddy or pal. They have 60 football minutes to make the parents of the opposing players emmbarrased and ashamed to have ever given birth to them. That’s the attitude it takes to win, as ugly as it sounds that’s the mentality it has to take to overcome some of our very obvious weaknesses. You all know and heard that the guy that plays with heart and determination will almost always “out-play” their counterparts with more talent. That is OUR missing ingredient, our “thing” that everyone is searching for. If you want to follow Alice and the White Rabbit to Wonderland…have fun!! I choose to live in reality and call a spade a spade. We are not lacking in talent, we are not lacking in a coaching staff, we are lacking HEART…the HEART that makes you play every play til empty, the HEART that allows you to lay your head on your pillow at night knowing you played every play as hard as you could so you don’t need to tell a reporter “it’s not all Bo’s fault, we should’ve played better”. I want us to get beat and hear the players say…we just got beat by a better team, but we played as hard as we could EVERY play…the best part about that is, those words would never have to be spoken because we (the fans) would see it in the game and would know it. Bottom line is we are not seeing that HEART and “Glaidiator” mentality…and that is all on the coaching staff!! That’s the only blame they should shoulder…the other falls on the players…and that’s the truth no matter how “mean and heartless” that sounds. You really think the road to winning, winning the Big 12 North, winning the Big 12 Championship and/or winning the Championship is paved with pretty flowers and fuzzy bunnies?? It’s won with heart and yes…sometimes just being flat pissed off at the guy across from you!! I always played with the attitude that the other team hated me and my family and I played every play like it was a mini war…”glaidiator style” and if they beat me, I felt like I failed myself and my family (i.e.,my teammates) That is what I believe we NEED to turn this around sooner than later.

  3. pimpstyles Says:

    spot on eddie O… Huskers find Heart Saturday

    Tech 82
    Nebraska 83

    Helu rushes for 1100 yards

    Boo ya

  4. Cliff Says:

    LOL nice prediction

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