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On Tuesday's episode, Adam Carriker shares his initial thoughts on Nebraska hiring defensive line coach Tony Tuioti and what he'll bring to the Husker defense.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we take the pulse of Husker nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
I literally just pulled in my garage, so welcome to the Christmas corner and snowboard corner of the Carriker garage. Anyways, I got bombarded with a bunch of texts and messages. We have a new defensive line coach here at the University of Nebraska. So here's my gut reaction to Tony Tuioti, the former Cal defensive line coach/outside linebackers coach being hired here at the University of Nebraska. Like my hair? That's workout hair, ladies and gentlemen.
All right, so 2008-13 he worked at his alma mater, Hawaii. 2014-15 he was the assistant defensive line and quality control coach for the Cleveland Browns. In 2016, he led Jim Harbaugh in Michigan's recruiting efforts and in 2017-18, the past two years, he's been with the Cal Bears. He coached their outside linebackers in 2017-18, he coached their defensive line. Now people may or may not notice, I grew up on the West Coast, right? So I watch a lot of those Pac-12 games that are on late at night on Saturday night after everyone else has gone to bed, because that's what I grew up watching, that and Nebraska football. In a conference where they play; they don't even care about defense. All they care about is offense. Cal is the one program in the entire conference that has an anemic offense and a very, very good defense. In fact, the past two years, they've been one of the stingiest defenses in the entire country.
In 2018, Cal's defense was ninth in the country in yards per play allowed and also tops in the country when it came to rushing yards per attempt and points per game allowed. Now I don't know a ton about Tony, so this is my gut reaction. I immediately got on the phone, called some people I know. I got some of their impressions, some of their reactions, did a little bit of quick research on my own, that's how I got this info. But what I heard about it him is that he's energetic. He is a very good recruiter, all right, and he's been a part of really good defenses in a conference where it's hard to be a good defense because everyone focuses on offense. Oh, there's some, there's some of our tubes as well. Little intro to the Carriker garage here.
All right, so what I liked hearing, because when a new offensive coach is hired, you typically hear how cerebral they are. When you hire a defensive coach, what you want to hear is two things. You want to hear energetic and you want to hear a good recruiter. Those are the two things I have consistently heard from everyone that I've spoken with about him. That's what I know so far about him, it seems like a good hire in my opinion. Everyone I talked to is upbeat, excited about it, the impressions I have are the same. I haven't said anything to this point.
So when the defensive line coaching position came open, a lot of people hit me up. Lot of people wanted to know: "Adam, what are you doing, you're throwing your hat in the ring?" I'm just gonna be honest with you. First of all, I believe they got a good coach. Second of all, I got six kids: 9, 7, 6, two 3-year-old twins and a 1-year-old. I want to see and be able to coach and be at all their events. I also kind of like the gig I'm doing. I got two good shows: the Carriker Chronicles, Carriker Live. I go around, I travel, I do speaking engagements. If you're interested in having me in town, hit me up. I used to be mortified of public speaking, I used to absolutely loathe the media. By the way, I'm not a member of media. I am a former player gone to the dark side. I think part of the reason I enjoyed it was because I was the opposite, but my point is this: I enjoy the gig I'm doing now, and I also think Nebraska got a pretty good defensive line coach. Until next time Husker nation... Go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones!
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