Sunday, October 08, 2006

Nebraska Cornhuskers Plagued by Poor Coaching Strategy

Although the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers beat the Iowa State Cyclones 28-14 Saturday, October 7, the Huskers continue to be plagued by poor playcalling and coaching. Indeed, this year's Husker team is surely much better than its coaching staff allows.

Apparently, the Husker coaching staff has learned little from its previous games, although it is to be complimented for at least coming out throwing in this game.

We initially analyzed the NU-USC game this year and concluded that Nebraska was outcoached by the Trojans and not outplayed. We have since begun to analyze the Husker coaching and playcalling with the stats available online and have found this general view confirmed, for example, in the NU-Kansas game.

We now have found additional evidence of poor NU playcalling and coaching strategy in the NU-Iowa State game. Except for superb defense, the Huskers would have lost this game, and they would have lost because of poor coaching and playcalling, not because it was the worse team.

At a certain level of analysis, statistics do not lie.
Nebraska had 11 possessions of the ball against Iowa State.

On three of the first five possessions, the Huskers threw the football to start the first series of downs on the drive, and these three drives all ended in Husker touchdowns. Obviously, the coaching strategy and playcalling on these drives was correctly intent on SCORING. Note that this initial pass was not always completed, but it showed that the coaching strategy was to MOVE the ball, not just KEEP the ball. Hence, the subsequent playcalling was OFFENSIVE and not DEFENSIVE and ultimately resulted in scores. When the offensive playcalling was defensive, as in the drives started by rushes, no scores resulted. NONE. The coaching staff should already have learned this in the USC game, but apparently, they have not.

On all of the remaining possessions in the game, which all started with a running play, the Cornhuskers wound up having to punt the ball away, excepting only the last drive in the game and excepting one fumble recovery by the Cyclones.

Obviously, after its initial scores, the coaching staff was again intent on BALL CONTROL, which appears to be one of Callahan's coaching traumas, under the motto "it's MY ball, not yours". We have criticized this before as a strategy which does NOT mark champions.

The College Football Resource Blog wrote this after the NU-USC game:

"USC beat Nebraska 28-10, enduring the Huskers' stall ball tactics but otherwise stuffing Nebraska's run at all costs approach."

Ball control means nothing if it does not end up with points on the scoreboard.

Here are the relevant plays from Yahoo! Sports for yesterday's Iowa State game:

1st Quarter
Nebraska - 14:56
[drive started with a pass]
1st-10
, NEB20 14:56 Z. Taylor passed to J. Phillips to the right for 5 yard gain
[drive ended in a touchdown]

Nebraska - 6:19
[drive started with a run]
1st-10, NEB23 6:19 B. Jackson rushed to the right for 2 yard gain
[drive ended with an NU fumble recovered by NU, an NU punt, and a Cyclone touchdown]

2nd Quarter
Nebraska - 13:55
[drive started with a pass]
1st-10, NEB32 13:55 Z. Taylor incomplete pass to the right
[drive ended in a touchdown]

Nebraska - 5:49
[drive started with a run]
1st-10, NEB30 5:49 B. Jackson rushed up the middle for 7 yard gain
[drive ended with an NU punt]

Nebraska - 1:22
[drive started with a pass]
1st-10, NEB40 1:22 Z. Taylor incomplete pass to the right
[drive ended in a touchdown]

3rd quarter
Nebraska - 11:05
[drive started with a run]
1st-10, NEB3 11:05 C. Glenn rushed up the middle for 3 yard gain
[drive ended with an NU fumble recovered by Iowa State]

Nebraska - 8:40
[drive started with a run]
1st-10, NEB7 8:40 B. Jackson rushed up the middle for 3 yard gain
[drive ended with an NU punt]

Nebraska - 3:26
[drive started with a run]
1st-10, NEB20 3:26 B. Jackson rushed up the middle for 2 yard gain
[drive ended with an NU punt]

Nebraska - 0:32
[drive started with a run]
1st-10, NEB12 0:32 C. Glenn rushed to the left for 7 yard gain

4th Quarter
[drive ended with an NU punt]

Nebraska - 11:12
[drive started with a run]
1st-10, NEB37 11:12 B. Jackson rushed to the left for 3 yard loss
[drive ended with an NU punt]

Nebraska - 6:46
[drive started with a run, but here the playcalling showed a will to score]
1st-10, NEB22 6:46 C. Glenn rushed up the middle for 28 yard gain
[drive ended in a touchdown]

Those kinds of stats point to serious flaws in coaching strategy and playcalling which have to be corrected for Nebraska to be competitive against top-echelon football teams. Such errors will be pardoned (barely) against marginally weaker opponents such as Kansas and Iowa State, but will be a certain cause of lost football games when playing the likes of Texas, USC or Oklahoma, and, this year, will also result in lost games to Missouri and Texas A&M if not timely corrected. The defense is not that good that it can counterbalance poor offensive playcalling all the time.

Readers of LawPundit : Bonnybridge - UFO Capital of the UK (United Kingdom)

We knew that our readership at LawPundit had a global reach, but even we were surprised to see at Google Analytics that we had been visited twice in September by readers from Bonnybridge near Falkirk in Scotland in the United Kingdom (between Glasgow and Edinburgh).

We ask, humourously, of course: do we have "special" readers out there?

Our Socratic mind was led to this state of inquisitive raised eyebrows by reading Ian Johnston's 2004 article, It's official - Bonnybridge is UFO capital of UK, where he informs us:

"A FEW weeks ago, in the town of Bonnybridge, an unidentified flying object [UFO] was seen to "land" on the golf course [golf].

The town has also been visited by Celtic priests, who claim extra-terrestrials are watching over the hiding place for both the real Stone of Destiny and the Ark of the Covenant, while locals have reported being abducted by aliens."

Some claim indeed that the actual hiding place for the original Stone of Destiny, used for the coronation of Irish and British kings, is Bonnybridge.

You can imagine that this coincidence of unexpected singularities in this particular historical context sparked the imagination of this writer, who not only is an avid golfer, but who also has written about Lia Fail, the Stone of Destiny or Stone of Scone (pic, Arbroath, Jacob's pillow stone), and also has opined about the present alleged location of the Ark of the Covenant.

Bonnybridge is not just any old village, but is the site of Seabegs Wood and Rough Castle, the best preserved fort on the Antonine Wall (also known as Graham's Dyke). Many people think that the Antonine Wall (see also Antonine Way and Falkirk Wheel) is Roman in its entirety, but that is false. It is well known that the Romans built on top of previous sacred sites and that modern roads often follow older paths; indeed, radiocarbon dating has shown that some of the ditches and banks at Rough Castle may go back as far as ca. 2134 BC (one of the radiocarbon-dating Sigma dates).

In addition, there was in fact a prehistoric ford at Bonnybridge. See J. Hamilton, C.M. Clarke, A. Dunwell & R. Tipping, A prehistoric ford near Rough Castle, Falkirk, Scottish Archaeol J (Scottish Archaeological Journal) 23.2, pp. 91-103, 2002.

In the hermetic ("as above, so below") astronomical context of our book, Stars Stones and Scholars: The Decipherment of the Megaliths, Rough Castle at Bonnybridge would mark the position of the Pleiades, both in its form as also by the number and placement of its enclosures (each arguably for a star of the Pleiades), using an ancient hermetic system documented among the Pawnee Indians and similar e.g. to that used, as we have discovered, for the Temples of Malta, and also elsewhere throughout the world at megalithic sites.

For a drawing of the layout of Rough Castle at Bonnybridge in pre-Roman times, see Illustration 2 (Illus 2) at Ian D. Mate (with contributions by J. Barber, M. Baxter, M. McBarron, R. McCullagh, B. Moffat & P. Strong), Excavations of an enclosure system at Rough Castle, Falkirk, Proc SocAntiq Scot (Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland), 125, pp. 483-497, fiche 2: Gil-14, 1995, as funded by Historic Scotland and as surveyed by RCAHMS.

Our equation of Rough Castle at Bonnybridge with the Pleiades in the ancient hermetic stellar system in Scotland should warm the UFOers hearts, many of whom believe that the Pleiades are the home of alien extraterrestrials who visit earth. We ourselves are solid UFO sceptics who think that UFO sightings are atmospheric phenomena, sightings of experimental military aircraft, or similar. We reject all heavenly visitors as superstition.

We note, however, that we are in the vast minority of humanity in our extraterrestrial scepticism. Most of the world's religions and their adherents seem to believe in extraterrestrials in the broader sense that prophets and sons of God as even God himself have "outer space" connections to a "God in heaven". Muslims, Jews and Christians seem to think that there is a God "out there beyond us" somewhere, so who are we to allege the opposite?

So maybe the Maker and his cohorts fly in occasionally to see what is up on planet Earth.
Fair enough. Keep an eye on the flock.

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