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He can beat a SEC team
I hear good things about their OC. That's who we should go for!
This post was edited by MikeCaramba 15 months ago
Strong is a damn good coach
Most Husker fans fail to see how good of a coach Shawn Watson is. He was a keeper. Great recruiter as well.
Bo handcuffed him and made him a scapegoat.
Oath Before Orders
Thats not fair HW. Watson was completely destroyed by most Nebraska fans, and Bo had to do something after that 09 year.
It was a bad situation for everyone involved. Bo never had a bad word to say of Watson. Bo gave Watson the opportunity to create an offense that fit what Bo wanted to do schematically. Watson attempted to but had bad luck with injuries and the lack of weapons.
I am a Watson fan, always thought he was a good at putting together game plans. Looking back now, its easy to ponder what might have been If Bo had given Watson the reigns to do whatever he wanted on offense and continue on the path he had started under Callahan. Probably would have a really great year in 09.
But that being said, it was a tough situation. Bo wanted a different scheme. Looking at what this offense is becoming, its hard to argue with his decision to move in a different direction and you could also wonder what could have been Watson was let go when Bo was hired.
I chalk it up to a bad fit. I don't think Bo ever intended on using Watson to protect his own ass. Not a scapegoat. Bo helped find Watson what turned out to be a very nice job, working for a great coach. I dont know, but i can't imagine there is any resentment or bad feeling between the two. Just wrong place wrong time.
Watson is going to be a head coach in about 2 years. I think he could have made that ascension at nebraska if things had gone differently but they didn't and things worked out for him. I'm glad they did.
Teein' Off on Links
I don't know why, but the double and triple formation shift pre-snap annoys the hell out of me. Oh yeah, I understand it, but it just bugs the crap out of me.
Watson is a good OC but was not able to do the things BO wanted. Does that make him a bad coach? NO but Watson should of been able to give BO what he wanted.
You said that BO should of let Watson run the O the way he wanted, I look at it from a different point of view. Watson worked for BO, BO was the boss and when given his marching orders he wasn't able or didn't want to do his job BOs way. If I remember correctly Watson's play calling in times of need left a lot to be desired.
This post was edited by Kram 15 months ago
I disagree on many fronts.
To keep it simple, Bo was hired to fix the defense. The offense wasn't the problem. We would have won the Big 12 had Bo not messed with the O. He handcuffed Wats.
And now the defense is in shambles. Worst I have ever seen at Nebraska.
What for? So they can become pen pals?
We'd have to offer a ridiculous amount of money for Charlie to even consider Nebraska. And that would guarantee absolutely nothing that he could be successful here.
He turned down Tennessee. His next gig will be at a high profile Southern school where his solid Florida recruiting ties can really be utilized.
twisting words kram
osborne handcuffed pelini
I would be OK with letting Boosters and Adidas pay a coach $5 million a season if it got us 12 wins and a BCS win.
Charlie Strong doesn't guarantee you 12 wins including a BCS bowl victory at Nebraska.
Lets all keep in mind that this Louisville team lost by 19 points to Syracuse and lost to a 5-7 UConn team at home. They were a 14 point underdog for a reason.
They caught a Florida team sleeping at the wheel. A team that won a lot of games with smoke and mirrors and great defense.
It was a very impressive win for Strong and for Louisville. Lets not make it a whole helluva lot more than it actually was.
Bear, you are a wise dude. I think it's hard to estimate just how much of our current problems stem from TO wanting to bring in a newbie coach he could manipulate into trying to recast the program to the type that Ozzie ran 20 years ago and more, and which just won't work anymore. Times have changed. Aside from that there is no reasonable explanation for the state of our defense other than Bo has been a complete failure in recruiting defensive talent up until this point. I think his days are numbered unless that changes soon, and there is no indication yet that it will.
He's an SEC man. He knows how too unlike someone else we know.
If you cant say something nice, shut your damn mouth!! GBR
Ok the past is the past the point being. He got them there with those loses and got a BCS game and made the best of it by beating a great #3 team in the country no matter off or not they beat them. Don't try and make this win a chance win. Give Mr strong his just due for putting his kids in a great position to win and doing so. Wish we had that here. And by the way Georgia wasn't on their best game and we lost. It's football.
So are you telling me that if we had won it would have been "we caught them sleep at the wheel so lets not make a big deal out of it " moment. Wow. Compliment then degrade.
This post was edited by Adams13 15 months ago
Shawn Watson got the last laugh. By the way, Dirk hit it out the park with his article today.
This post was edited by Link Chomofsky 15 months ago
I'm not downplaying the win. It was very impressive and Strong and Louisville deserve a tremendous amount of respect or their dominating performance.
The reality is that it was one game.
We have also seen this same Card team play well below their ability in other games this year and the previous 2 years under Strong.
To take this win and surmise that Strong would undoubtedly win 12 games and a BCS bowl is a bit of a stretch. Could he? Sure. Maybe.
You may not want to hear this, but Charlie wouldn't bring in 35 talented Florida kids like he has on his Louisville roster. 1). Our academic standards are higher and 2) Louisville isn't that far from the Mason-Dixon line and actually plays teams in the South in Kentucky and USF.
Also throw in the fact the complete dislike and disrespect of Southern kids for the Big 10. Poll 100 kids that play HS football in the South, and I'd guess close to 80% (maybe more) think it is a joke of a conference filled with slow plodding Northern kids who don't play football very well.
More than anything, the Big 10 has to start winning more bowl games and in particular beating SEC teams in head-to-head match ups if we are going to land top end recruits from the South.
I absolutely agree. Well said.
You have a point.
But Bo's assistant hires have been mostly failures.
Beck ended up being decent. But he's mostly a one dimensional coach.
If your talking Pelini, he coached in the SEC and won a national title as a DC in the SEC.
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