I probably shouldn’t write about this game, but I am going to anyway. I just have some thoughts I need to get off my chest. Nebraska football loss to Michigan State in a very tough fashion. One of the things that stood out to me was the play of the line, and not in a good way.
I wrote a couple of weeks ago that we are seeing the line develop in real time. I wrote that there would be some growing pains involved with that. Saturday was another example in which we saw that. Adrian Martinez had no time to throw, and it led to some poor decisions on his part. I understand that we have a young line, and I also understand that we are developing these players.
What worries me is that there does not seem to be any sign of incremental growth week to week. Development is only successful if there is incremental growth. For example, the line give up seven sacks last night. That is way too many. All throughout the game, Adrian Martinez seemed to be running for his life.
The line was a problem against Oklahoma as well. With that being said, the Oklahoma defensive line is probably going to be one of the better ones that Nebraska football faces the entire year. The line looked better against Buffalo, but struggled in the opener against Fordham.
By now, I thought I would see incremental improvement. However, that improvement just hasn’t been there. This program has improved in other areas, but not in terms of pass or run blocking, the line is still a major issue.
To me, the poor play of the line dates back to last season as well. I thought we would see the line play better than we did. It seemed like they had regressed. This is a Greg Austin issue, this is a coaching issue. Austin is not getting the job done and many question marks remain for that unit. I do not see any incremental improvement.
They still have time to turn it around, but this regression and the lack of improvement I believe falls on Austin.
We’ll have to see what the program does against Northwestern next week. Hopefully, the line will be better prepared. Right now, Austin and the unit are not getting the job done. Perhaps even more frustrating, it is painfully noticeable that is the case.