@Benchwarmer: I appreciate you saying that about Ken and Ryly Jane. They are incredible people -- "kind" doesn't do them justice. I will miss them a ton. As for your question, I get the feeling sometimes that specialists are so specialized that they don't want a lot of outside voices in their realm. Maybe Erstad could help Caleb Lightbourn's consistency. But maybe having Bob Diaco's help is enough for NU punters.
@JohnE: Carlos Davis is No. 1 at shortside DE, and Khalil Davis backs up Mick Stoltenberg at nose tackle. With no live tackling yet, it's hard to tell exactly how well they're progressing.
@JohnE: I would say no in a definitive fashion right now, though there is plenty of time for
Tre Bryant to develop, and Jaylin Bradley will arrive this summer.
@Zadi: Gebbia clearly has potential. I really like the way he goes about his business -- unassuming and hard-working. He takes control of the offense pretty well for a true freshman, which obviously says a lot. He seems to have some bite at the line of scrimmage. He has a strong arm. His accuracy is good. But he is over-matched physically right now at 6-3 and I'm guessing 165 pounds. However, as Mike Riley has said, when it's time for Gebbia to be physically ready, he'll be physically ready.
@FLhusker: I think that's a definite possibility, assuming Diaco would want to return to CEO status. I think it's an interesting question because of Diaco's hands-on approach to coaching defense and linebackers. He really seems to enjoy that part -- having his own group to coach. Of course, a CEO-type head coach must forego that type of interaction with a position group. On other hand, those Power-5 head-coaching gigs seem to pay pretty well.
@jw: I really appreciate your restraint in assessing Diaco. "Restraint" is largely a foreign word to media that covers Nebraska football. You hear a ton of hype. Then again, Diaco's resume' is impressive. As far as the technical aspects of his defense, I need to learn more before addressing it in this type of forum.
@NewportRed: Eichorst plans to speak to media after the Final Four (April 1/3 in Glendale, Arizona). That will be one of my top three questions. In my opinion, Eichorst should extend Miles' current contract. Go all-in.
@jw: I've asked around about Marshall, and the consensus is he would want something bigger than Nebraska.
@Reed: It's tough to say. But Keith Williams has told me that McQuitty reminds him a lot of Stanley Morgan Jr. in terms of style of play -- aggressiveness, strong hands, ability to go up and get the ball over a corner.
@BuzzM: If I knew that, I would be making a ton of money as a sports psychologist.
@NewportRed: I think you might be shooting too high.
@jw: I'm going with Bray leaving to become a coordinator. My personal opinion of Bray is he is too good -- has too bright of a future in the business -- to be coaching in such a secondary role.
@jw: Those November road games (Minnesota, Penn State) get your attention. Better pack a run game, right? I do think 4-2 is doable in those games you mention.
@unclelarry: I think it always should come down to going with the guy who gives you the best chance to win whatever game is next on the schedule. I try not make it much more complicated than that.
@Derek: Valid question. I have no inside information in that regard. My guess is he'll stand pat. Just a guess. I think Tim really likes his staff from a recruiting standpoint.
@NewportRed: My guess is there would be jobs available to Few that would be a bit more enticing than Nebraska's. Yes, NU holds appeal. But I think we both agree that Few could do much better.
@jw: There is always that possibility. But I think maybe we're worrying about a hypothetical.
@redcornman: I think the fact Miles is an excellent ambassador for the school helped his cause. How much did it help? It's impossible to say.
@NewportRed: I agree only to an extent. Nebraska made a run at Foster Sarell, and it turns out Nebraska really had no chance and therefore wasted its time. When an AD is in the midst of a coaching search, there typically isn't much time to waste.
@CD: I agree with your assessment about Riley and the run game. I never question whether he thinks a run game is valuable, in part because of the importance of the play-action game. It's hard to be effective in play-action if the run game isn't a consistent threat.
@unclelarry: It's a difficult question/discussion because there are so many variables. But I go back to what I said earlier: I favor the player who, in a particular week, gives me the best chance to win. Given fans' impatience, if I were a head coach, I wouldn't be overly concerned about building experience for the future. At places like Nebraska, you have to win big (minimum nine/10 games) NOW, or else you won't have a future.
@Zadi: Interesting name. Thanks Zadi.