LINCOLN, Neb. - After not speaking with the media since after the McNeese State game early in the season, Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck spoke with reporters on Tuesday night after the Huskers practice.
Beck’s silence has been a topic of note around the media the past few weeks after always being known as a reporter friendly coach.
“I felt like after the loss, we needed to have somebody speak on behalf of the offense,” Beck said for his reasoning to talk on Tuesday. “I know Coach Bo (Pelini) speaks for our team, but I didn’t want our players coming up here without having a guy that is behind the scenes and in the ‘war-room’ so to speak.”
After struggling on offense against Michigan State, Nebraska had an entire bye week to ponder on what went wrong. Beck was asked by reporters what his team worked during the time off.
“Just improving and working on little things like pad level, trying not over coach our guys too much. I thought we thought a little too much against Michigan State,” Beck said. “Trying to be perfect all the time, you have to play fast and hard. If you play trying not to make a mistake, you usually do.”
While head coach Bo Pelini downplayed the offensive line play against Michigan State on Monday, saying it was a total team loss, Beck was asked about the front five and whether in hindsight they should have rotated more guys in.
“Probably,” Beck said. “You got a guy you trust and know he has done a good job, when do you pinch hit for him? You feel he’s due and I felt like we were due. That our guys would eventually go make a play, get a little momentum and a little bit of a spark, but we just didn’t do it. Credit to them.”
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong was 20-of-43 for 273 yards and two interceptions against the Spartans, but looked like a somewhat different quarterback in the fourth quarter.
“I thought Tommy played gutsy in the game and took some shots,” Beck said. “He kept bouncing back and made some plays at the end. I thought for a minute we were going to pull it off. I was proud of the way he played and I think he’s had a good two weeks.”Northwestern preview