OK, sorry a bit late. Ready to roll.
@Nish500: Awesome to hear from you. Riley played down the punt-return issue today. He said there haven't been many good opportunities for returns. And if you think about it, he's probably right.
@Benchwarmer: I absolutely think it's realistic because Oregon's defense is ordinary, at best. You could make a case that it's just flat awful. Look at last year's numbers -- 115th in scoring defense, 125th in passing defense, 73rd in rushing defense, 116th overall. I watched a bad Virginia offense rack up 28 first downs Saturday. In other words, I don't think the Ducks are any better defensively than they were last year.
@Robin: I think most any defensive coordinator in the nation would tell you it's difficult to defend Nebraska because of its balance.
@Robin: I don't think there's any doubt about that.
@PTHUSKER: I think you're giving Oregon far too much respect. Yes, Oregon is good -- borderline top 25 team. But did you watch the Ducks' collapse in last year's bowl game? Did you notice UC Davis scored 21 second-half points in this year's opener? Oregon and Nebraska have a similar talent level overall.
@Scorch: I'd send him to the Railyard. It's just gorgeous down there. Great energy. And then I'd send him to Misty's in Havelock. So, the game plan: First, Railyard. Second, Havelock. Your friend will get to see two distinct parts of Lincoln.
@NoNothing: Tommy said he thought he could get that pass over the defense to a receiver at the back end of the end zone. Even Armstrong's foremost detractors must acknowledge his ability to make big plays. He does it both as a runner and with his exceptionally strong arm. I also like the fact Armstrong meets tough questions from media head-on. He's very mature in that regard.
@JimNE: I think that part of special teams obviously needs work. Nobody needs me to point that out. But I think it's premature to put any coach on a "hot seat" two games into a season. Seems like a massive overreaction. Special teams were OK last year -- good in some areas, not-so-good in others. But nothing that warrants a firing discussion.
@AARON: I don't think you could have said it (or wrote it) much better. I do think Nebraska can get its run game going Saturday.
@Pete: Yes, I agree. The MAC has some good teams. Ask Pat Fitzgerald.
@TW: I wonder how many teams can say there is a "total player buy-in."
@SiliconValleyHusker: I agree. Wyoming could've easily had a pick-6 to tie the game 7-7. I say it a lot: Tommy is an interesting study. He makes some hellacious plays. But he makes some perplexing decisions in the passing game.
@Nish500: Because we get to see so much practice nowadays, I can't think of anything that has surprised me all that much. That said, I never would have guessed Nebraska would be plus-7 in turnover margin through two games.
@TVHusker: That could get very interesting. :)
@Nish500: The screen game becomes very important against heavy-blitzing teams. It can be the perfect antidote. We saw that Saturday. Tommy's touch on screen passes (and shorter passes in general) seemingly has improved, as has Nebraska's overall timing on screen plays.
@Robin: I think your question is a commentary on Nebraska fans' passion and loyalty more than anything else.
@Pete: Hey, Pete, thanks for that. I'm not sure how we'll handle it going forward. Once we hire Brian Rosenthal's replacement, the report card might be turned over to that person. I really enjoy doing it, though.
@TW: I tend to disagree with you, because I don't make the type of sweeping generalization that you made. Exhibit A: Zack Darlington is heavily invested in the program. He's an excellent teammate. He'll do anything for the team. He's proven that. But he drew a flag in the opener for spinning the ball after his conversion run. Does that mean he lacks "buy-in?" Or was it an isolated case of bad judgment? I lean toward the latter.
@Matt: I'm not ducking your question, but ask me again next Monday.
@Huskerted: Nebraska has outscored the first two opponents 50-0 combined in the fourth quarter. Does that indicate good conditioning? Absolutely.
@Luke: For entertaining purposes only, I think a good over-under would be 71. And I would take the "overs." For entertainment purposes only.
@AARON: I can't say I totally agree with you. Ohio State looked extremely impressive in its opener (but not so impressive against Tulsa). Michigan has looked magnificent. We'll find out a lot more about Michigan State this weekend when it plays Notre Dame. I will agree with you that the West Division has enjoyed a strong start, Northwestern's abysmal 0-2 record notwithstanding.