A two-time defensive MVP for the Huskers and the 13th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, former Husker Adam Carriker takes to Facebook the day after each Husker game to offer his takeaways from the matchup.
This week, the defensive end and Hastings, Nebraska, native thinks the Huskers played not to lose Saturday and though his confidence in Mike Riley is shaken, he's not ready to give up after six games.
Here's some excerpts from Carriker's post following Wisconsin:
>> "Our pass defense is statistically ranked last nationally. We’re last in the nation in penalties. We have a senior team captain who rips into the entire fan base and laughs at the team’s struggles after a loss."
>> The run game has been inconsistent at best: "We have yet to find our unquestioned No. 1 running back. I know Terrell Newby is the starter and gets most of the carries, but it seems like every other week a different running back steps up and shines, then is barely heard from again. ... By the way, if our best running back is our fullback (Andy Janovich) then give him the rock."
>> Carriker isn't happy about the Huskers being 2-4, but he urges patience: "I’m not saying Mike Riley is going to bring us multiple championships. I’m not saying he’s going to win any championships. I’m not even saying he won’t get fired. I’m simply saying, that 6 games is not enough time to try to make that call. ... Trust me, my confidence is Riley is shaken. I’m not convinced he’s the best man for the job right now. But with all of our late game losses put together, we’re a combined 14 seconds away from being 6-0, 5-1 or 4-2. The fact is we’re 2-4 (coaching is part of the reason for that), but there’s still half a football season to play."
>> "It’s a small victory, but we’re not getting blown out like we have on more than a few occurrences in recent memory, at least so far this season. A few things go differently and this season looks a lot different. As it is right now, it’s just frustration."
>> "I think we played not to lose, instead of playing to win at the end of the game on Saturday. What happened on the last possession with a minute to go in the Illinois game, probably had something to do with that. My guess is it made the coaches overly conservative and it ended up hurting us this game."