Nebraska Snowflakes - The Defense

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 23rd, 2018 at 12:00 AM

This will be your thread for snowflakes and hot takes regarding the defense and defensive playcalling.

Comments

BuckNekked

September 23rd, 2018 at 10:24 AM ^

Yes it seems that Michigan is called for every instance where targetting could be called while other teams get the benefit of the doubt against us. There were multiple plays where it could have been called against Nebraska, some much more egregious that what was called on Hudson, yet no flags. 

My biggest problem with this penalty is its subjective nature and the unevenness of the calls. I dont like penaltys that could be called on literally every play.

Holding is another in this book. On Martinezs  3rd down scramble in the first quarter the blocker had Winovich around the shoulders and head with both arms from behind. No call. On McCaffreys called back TD run Martin had text book blocking downfield and it gets called. 

ak47

September 22nd, 2018 at 5:57 PM ^

Because facemask isn’t targeting. It’s using the crown of your helmet. What Hudson got called for today is what used to be spearing. He dropped his head and the top of his helmet was the first thing to make contact. It’s a dangerous way to tackle for both him and the guy he is hitting and was 100 percent targeting 

bronxblue

September 22nd, 2018 at 3:36 PM ^

It's almost like SMU's second-half scoring last week was a combination of some lucky throws and a metric ton of ref bullshit.

Glad to see them shut down a Nebraska team that probably wasn't all that good even with a healthy Martinez, but certainly not with a limited one and no other major playmakers.

MGoneBlue

September 22nd, 2018 at 3:39 PM ^

I'll just pre-empt the #HawtTakes folks: They scored in garbage time so the defense sucks.

More seriously, it's the rare game that makes me feel bad for the opposing QB.  This was one of them.

 

BlueMk1690

September 22nd, 2018 at 3:40 PM ^

Solid all-around effort. Difficult to shut them out in the 2nd half with such a large lead which automatically leads to a bit of a loss of intensity as backups rotate in more and more.

Hudson needs to be talked to. You can't do that anymore. Next game when you come back at halftime, don't let your frustrations lead you to doing something dumb..show everyone you can play in a controlled fashion.

Perkis-Size Me

September 22nd, 2018 at 3:40 PM ^

Great performance, but Brown needs to have a serious sit down with Khaleke.

Can we survive a half of football against Northwestern without him? Probably. But if we were to lose him for any one of the MSU, UW or PSU games, we’re in trouble.

I do think the targeting rule needs to be re-evaluated, but rules are rules, and Khaleke simply has to be smarter than this. I have to question why he was even in the game at this point. Why risk a targeting call or an injury to your starting LB when you’re up 40+ points?

AZBlue

September 22nd, 2018 at 4:29 PM ^

If you had practiced hard all week and then had to sit for the first half in a fun blowout, it would be natural to want to be in the game.

i do think he is showing frustration that he isn’t making as much of an impact as last year (maybe eyeing the draft?) and it is showing in these attempts to make the “big hit/play”.  Thought the same on that big Q4 QB run where he shot “hell bent for leather”after the RB.  — BIG hold on the OL to spring that btw.

I did think Nebraska went with a game plan to target Glasgow in coverage but didn’t have the time or ability to execute it.

Perkis-Size Me

September 22nd, 2018 at 4:37 PM ^

that’s beside the point. he’s one of your starters, a proven playmaker, and you’re up by over 40 points. what is the point of having him out there? you risk a completely unnecessary injury or a targeting call like this for no reason.

i definitely don’t have the football knowledge that Brown and Harbaugh have, but it just seemed like a completely unnecessary risk, to me, to have him out there that late in the game. Regardless of whether or not he couldn’t play in the first half.

bacon

September 22nd, 2018 at 4:44 PM ^

He needs to play in games still. If Khaleke doesn't play today at all, then he will start at NW, but won't have seen the field in 2 weeks. Even now, when he comes in next week it's only been one week. The idea that guys have to sit the first half of the next game is ridiculous anyway.  That needs to go.