Only one other coach besides Bo Pelini since 1960 has had four consecutive 4-loss seasons. Care to guess who? Bill Callahan.
Bo Pelini’s comments in the post-game presser centered around that the way the Huskers played today wasn’t the way they were coached. To which I asked rhetorically on Twitter that if the players didn’t do what they were coached to do, can you call that coaching?
In the last 29 minutes of the game, the Huskers managed exactly 1 yard of offense. Did this stem completely from not doing what the players were coached to do?
Today’s game, and in fact many this season, have been riddled with undisciplined play. I firmly believe that the team leadership either exemplifies discipline, or they shun it. There isn’t a middle ground where discipline is expected by the players, but the coaching staff gets a pass. Bo Pelini has exactly zero discipline to control his anger on the sidelines. I have two kids under 8 and I know that when my actions don’t match my words, the lesson is lost on my kids.
Many will counter that by saying my 5 and 7 year old aren’t 20 year old athletes, but I’ve seen the same action in the workplace – the CEO who says earnings are down in a morning meeting, and is picking up a new BMW in the afternoon. The culture and morale are killed instantly, I don’t care what the ages involved. If the team, coaches and players together, are not united, there are problems.
Nebraska replaced Shawn Watson because of an ineffective offese – deservedly so, I’m not questioning that decision – only to replace him with Tim Beck who’s simplified schemes were designed to get the most out of the personnel on the field. The first half of the season sputtered from learning the system. The second half sputtered because of poor execution and head-scratching play calling.
Today’s Capital One Bowl in Orlando started strong, everything was clicking on the offensive side of the ball, and then? Nebraska quit going to the plays that were working. Penalties – I don’t blame the refs, they call what they see and they are human, and a part of the game – undisciplined play, fundamentals that were nowhere to be found and to me, it looked like the team quit halfway through the 3rd quarter.
Is Bo Pelini serving himself and this team well as being head coach? Frankly, with the talent I’m seeing in the program, I think his recruiting needs some help and his antics on the sidelines likely aren’t helping the situation. Head coach? I think he’s lost his edge for the position and either needs to step up as the CEO of the team and play that role in a disciplined manner and hire the staff that makes him better, or he isn’t much longer for this job.
Fire Bo Pelini?
I give him another year. His defense numbers – after peaking with players he inherited – are on a slight decline. His offense has never showed much punch – talented, possibly, with the occasional playmaker. But his management of the young talent is bordering on ridiculous. Freshmen who burn their redshirts for a couple early plays that are
never rarely seen again. Things obviously change with the departure of Carl Pelini, but how much was he in charge of the defense? I doubt much given Bo’s control on that side of the team.
Things need to change and the 2012-13 season is a defining moment.