Nebraska is 1-2 overall and has struggled at times on offense in the first half, but head coach Mike Riley gave offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf full support early in the week when it comes to play calls.
“One thing that is naturally going to happen with a (coaching) change, it’s a whole new language, so I think his teaching of that and the ability to run an offense and make those calls, I think he’s done a really good job,” said Riley.
When the two were paired in 2013 at Oregon State, Riley called the plays for most of the season, but Langsdorf finished the backend of the year as the Beavers’ play-caller.
After taking a position job with the New York Giants last season, Langsdorf is getting back into the groove of things when it comes to calling plays.
“I think anytime you get game experience…you get better,” said Langsdorf. “You have a chance to reflect and maybe do things differently the next time.”
Riley from time-to-time still chimes in.
“Only on those good plays that you’ve seen (laughs). Not much. There’s been some moments I can’t help myself,” said Riley. “That’s been fun.
Riley knows a thing or two about the head coach chiming in. As an offensive coordinator for USC under John Robinson, the inexperienced coordinator would get a suggestion or two a game.
“He would walk by in front of me and say, 'How ‘bout the bootleg?' I said, 'You got it, here it comes.' It was fun, so I get all that,” said Riley. “I think you’ve got to be real careful when you do interject, because there’s a thought process going on. You’ve got to do it early. It’s better between series, as I look at defenses, I can help that way.”
Riley admits he misses calling plays.
“You know what, I still do. I think it’s good,” said Riley. “But I think that what I also found is that you are just locked in to one side of the ball a lot, whether it is between series when you’re talking to the quarterback or working with the signal caller. I think I can do better like this right now with talking to (special teams coordinator) Bruce Read, listening to the defensive calls in between, and being able to talk to those guys, too. For me right now, it’s better. That doesn’t mean I don’t miss it, but I think Danny’s doing a good job.”