Nebraska Offense Needs To Find an Identity
Watching the Nebraska vs Missouri game on Thursday night it became obvious that there might be a problem with the direction and philosophy of the Nebraska offense.
Wasn't it forecast to be raining heavily on Thursday in Columbia, Missouri?
Was that just a mirage that we all saw on television or was the rain as bad as it looked? I'll take the later.
Clearly, Shawn Watson and the offensive staff worked very hard on a game plan all week and they implemented that game plan. But, are they so inflexible that they can't adjust if conditions warrant that?
All the rain notwithstanding, Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee was throwing the ball on nearly every down. And not surprisingly, Lee and his receivers had a very difficult time playing pitch and catch.
Isn't discretion some times the better part of valor?
They can talk all they want about being out of sync or not in a good offensive rhythm, but that doesn't explain the offensive game plan when it became clear that they would be playing football in a monsoon.
Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson has said in the past that he doesn't believe in forming an identity for the offense other than they are going to be "multiple."
But, an offense still needs something that they can hang their hat on. Some aspect of an offensive game plan that they can turn to to get that first down, to sustain drives, to over whelm the defense. Some thing like being able to run the ball at any time and moment.
The last drive of the game, the Nebraska offense comes out in a strong, three and four tight end set and runs the ball down the field for the final touchdown. I thought that the weather would dictate this game plan from the start.
Say what you will about the three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. Maybe, that will give Lee, his receivers, and the offense in general some spark and help raise their confidence level.
But, I believe that had Watson and the offense started the game the way they finished it with a running game based on strong offensive sets that this game is much different.
There is a reason that during his coaching career, Dr. Tom Osborne, thought that it would be a good idea to have an offense that could run the ball when it wanted and when it needed to.
Those reasons are called wind, rain, snow and ice here in the great Midwest.
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