This is nothing more than the "good old boys club" returning to town with a couple new guys mixed in.
It seems to me, the head coach is gonna be Osborne with Pelini as a puppet. It will be very tough for all that to work without some heads banging...
ISUFan, I've dubbed this coaching staff the "Dream Team" of coaching staffs circa 2003, because that's what it is. That said, Pelini did make a good hire in Tim Beck who came up from KU to coach RB's. Hopefully Beck is being groomed as a future OC so that if and/or when Watson has enough with the Trip Back into Time, Beck can take over play calling and Cotton will be kept as far away as possible from play calling.
I am a big Husker fan, but I also am a Cyclone fan and attended most of ISU's games in 2004-2006. Kingcy, I fully share your opinion re Cotton, and the Husker naivete is not limited to your cousin, I'm afraid. I posted some statistics on a Husker board backing the thesis that Cotton is a terrible OL and OC, but was greeted either with stony silence or statements that I was a "bad fan". My analysis is below; it's safe to say that I am concerned about the new NU staff:
"I'm not sure about whether Cotton is a good O-line coach or not, but the stats you point to are hardly demonstrative of his O-line coaching abilities. Sure we were 7th in the nation in rushing yards/game that year, but we also had the 3nd lowest YPC of the top-30 teams in the nation in rushing yards/game. Also, the O-line that year gave up a sack about 1/10 passing attempts, which is a high percentage, especially considering we had a very mobile QB."
Correct - while the 2003 NU team ran the ball OK (4.3 ypc), it was not close to the previous ypg or ypc averages we'd been used to from 1980-2001 (5.5+ ypc). Ironically, the star-crossed 6-6 2002 team, which Cotton was NOT a part of, was _much_ better at rushing offense in terms of both ypg and ypc. Moreover, under Cotton at ISU, the OL was hideously bad at run blocking in 2005 and 2006 with a veteran line:
2.7 and 3.0 yards per carry when he was directly responsible for the offense.
There just is no statistical evidence whatsoever that Barney Cotton is a good OL coach, or that the running game improved under his watch; in fact, the opposite is true. Where is the statistical evidence for people who support him other than the blind assertion that "he's great"?
Not trying to buzzkill Pelini here, as I think most of his staff is fine and I want him to win and win big. I just have a real problem being criticized when there are facts that support the position that Cotton is not a superb OL coach.
In his 3rd year as OL/OC ISU barely averaged 100 yards per game. 3 years is enough time to see progress, and that average hardly is a ringing endorsement.
There was not much difference between the offenbsive stats when comparing 2006 and 2007. The passes in 07 were shorter so we had fewer sacks. It ran sopme mor eminutes off the clock. 15 yards more on offense and 15 yards less given up on defense. We still need much more improvement on botrh sides of the ball to get back to winning ways (7 or 8 wins). Turnover martgin in 05 really helped that team. Hicks had a better rushing year as a senior than our 3 backs did last year.
Looking forward to CFH magic for the next bball season, Georges style.
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