I'm here. If you're here, come out from the forest and let's chat.
@Patrick: Interesting start. For nachos? For beer? To handle Nebraska and Oregon being tied with five minutes left? That'd be fun.
@jim: Probably something like a repeat of the Iowa performance, I'd guess. Only Riley and Lansdorf really know how long the leash is. And honestly, when to pull a struggling QB is more of something I think a coaches feel is right at the time then something you can script right now and say, "If this happens X number of times, we make a change.' I know why this topic is coming up. Because of the Armstrong picks and scrimmages in such. And that's fair. It does make one worry. But let's see how it goes when the lights come on before riding down this road too far. Tanner Lee has done well. It doesn't surprise me. He should do well going against lower units with his experience. They didn't bring him in to just be another body.
@Calihusker: I have an idea, but we'll present the question to Mike Riley over the next week. I like to ask the HC about any possible suspensions at Big Ten Media Days, but obviously there was a lot more important stuff going on then. Certainly we'll ask specifically about Brandon Reilly and if there's a punishment there.
Brian lost some connectivity, but he should be logged back on shortly
Sorry, kinda couldn't resist
August is national sandwich month if any one was curious
Nebraska fans better hope Tommy Armstrong and offense are better than my wireless connection at home has been the last month.
Made said turkey sandwich at home
Before I rudely left, the question was about Patrick O'Brien. They want to redshirt him if they can. But Bush's departure puts things a little more up in the air. As we've seen as recently as 2013, you can get to your third QB pretty quickly some years. Happened in the memorable 1994 season too. But if Tommy stays healthy, I'm pretty sure you don't see No. 12 this year based off Riley's recent comments.
@rluben: That was Brian Rosenthal. We'll miss him, but he served the LJS for 16 good years and I know it's an exciting opportunity for him.
@TO: I think it's Wyoming by far. Maybe Fresno will prove me wrong, but I think they're going to be sort of a mess this year. Wyoming was was 2-10 last year, but they've got two really good backs, and you know Craig Bohl is going to try to test that Husker run defense, shorten the game. I don't want to overhype the Cowboys at all, but I also wouldn't be surprised if they took a big step forward this year.
@CDS923: See, that's the thing. There were definitely a few passes where I was thinking, 'Tommy, what are you doing?' But I also understand the defense is familiar with this playbook. They kind of know where things are going. It might be easier for them to anticipate some things than an opposing defense. That said, his first pick during the 2-minute drill gets no excuse. It was forced. Two guys could have probably picked it. Aaron Williams just happened to be that guy. It's a practice, I'm not going to overdo it. But I think the so-so reviews you've read about QB play in camp so far have been fair from what we've seen.
@Drew: Wide receivers and linebackers, I think. If WRs stay healthy, they're a handful to deal with. Westy, Reilly, Morgan, Moore, DPE... Someone in that crew is going to get open if you can find them. Morgan continues to impress me. Never seems satisfied, which is a really good quality. LBs ought to be good because they've got five of them with starting experience. I think Newby, Banderas and Young all had impressive camps. You want to see Rose-Ivey get back out there though. That injury has been called day-to-day but has lingered.
@Kenny: Oh, man, you could make cases for almost every game you mentioned. I'll say Iowa because I think it's going to come down to Nebraska and Iowa to win the Big Ten West, and that's the big goal, right? But obviously if the Huskers walked into the Horseshoe and beat Ohio State it'd be monumental. Oregon is the tone-setter game. Win that and everyone in the state is feeling good, it's a confident team, last year's in the rear view. I picked Nebraska to go 1-3 in those games you mentioned, with Iowa being the win. That makes it sound like I'm down on this Nebraska team, but I'm not. I have them going 9-5 in our tab section. Going 9-3 in the regular season.
@Steve: Because Nebraska fans worry way too much about drive-by analysis. I love ya guys, but you do. I respect Dinardo as well. But I don't think a fan base that has its own questions about this team should get too annoyed about an outsider maybe just taking those questions a step further. The only part I thought was a little strange was him saying making a bowl game would be a success. With this home schedule, if you don't get to six wins right there, that's a fail.
@Mitch: Breakthrough and win championships with the talent they have, then stack even more talent on top of it. If NU beat Ohio State head to head and won a Big Ten championship, think about the sales pitch you have in your pocket then.
@JimNE: I predicted they are going to win 9 games, but I don't put a cap on that number, nor would I be stunned if it were 7 or 8. If that sounds like an on-the-fence opinion, well, I'll accept that because it's hard as heck to know how this team is going to respond to some of the things that have happened in the last month. And I almost hate to get all into it because one is a real-life tragedy. The other is a poor mistake by a coach, and then of course there's the key injury on the O-line. If NU stays relatively healthy from here on out, and Armstrong brings that INT total down even to around 10 or so, I think Nebraska has a solid season. Two big stats: If turnover margin is even or better, and about 25 fewer explosive plays are given than last year (they gave up 77), I'll bet NU goes to Iowa City with a chance to win the West. Big IF. But also doable.
@Drew: Because media and fans get enamored by the skilled guys, as much as we talk about how important O-line play is. I'm just saying, if you look at the guys Nebraska actually has signed and gained commits from under this staff, and not just guys they've been close with, Cavanaugh's resume might be the best of the bunch. He had a really good first recruiting class.