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Nebraska Football: Mario Verduzco should be on the hot seat

COLUMBUS, OHIO - OCTOBER 6, 2012: A football helmet for the Nebraska Cornhuskers sits on the field before a game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State Buckeyes won 63-38. (Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

The dust is finally beginning to settle from the Nebraska football loss on Saturday. I still have many thoughts on the subject, and especially about where the program is headed. However, I don’t want to spread too much negativity. So with that, this will be my final thoughts about Saturday.

I’ve heard many storylines over the past 48 hours regarding head coach Scott Frost and quarterback Adrian Martinez. Heck, I even wrote my opinion on them. Although blame should be shared equally between them, there is one person who I feel also deserves some blame. Mario Verduzco, the quarterbacks coach is not getting the job done.

When you look at the quarterbacks that Nebraska football has brought in and failed to develop, the list is concerning. Adrian Martinez has not failed as bad as some of the others. However, he is not the same quarterback he was his freshman year.

Luke McCaffrey and Noah Vedral are two quarterbacks that come off the top of my head.

Vedral had success last year for writers. He threw for 1,253 yards, nine touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Out of the shadow of the Nebraska football program, he performed decently well.

Aside from just performance on the field, it’s becoming very evident that Verduzco can’t develop quarterbacks. There is something that he is teaching them that causes them to regress. I can’t put my finger on it. Perhaps that’s the most frustrating part.

What I can put my finger on is the fact that Luke McCaffrey looked vastly different during his time at Nebraska than he did in high school. That is not a good thing.  I get it, high school football is vastly different. However, he looked like two different quarterbacks.

Adrian Martinez looks  vastly different right now than he did during his freshman year. That is also not a good thing.

An obvious disconnect

There is a disconnect between what Verduzco is teaching, and the results on the field. That much is clear. The lack of development of the quarterback position in recent years is too noticeable. The poor play on the field has also been very noticeable. It’s not just poor play either, it’s regression. Nebraska quarterbacks have regressed in recent years.

Between those things, the lack of development circles back to Verduzco. He is a coach that I will be watching closely the season. As fans talk about making changes to the coaching staff, he would be the first to go for me. The results on the field have not warranted him staying.

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