POD: What new can we expect out of the team ?

The Cats have a bye week, and we fans have another whole week to discuss the rest of the season.<br> <br> The "kid" starts off the discussion with today's Post of the Day.

Walker said something noteworthy:
NU "could be 6-0 now, or 0-6."

The odds were more in favor of 0-6 than 6-0 starting the season without 2 defensive starters and so many questions on offense. So where are we now ? And what's next?

Randy Walker and the team have played the run pretty well, excepting quarterback runs. This may improve, as the defense learns to react to the running possibilies.

Walker and the team have not played the pass well at all, especially third and long. The presense of Nick Roach and John Pickens with Tim McGarigle has helped, and would have stopped Indiana last week if all three had played. Jeff Backes despite all criticism (much deserved) has improved. The return of Marquice Cole would (also) help. I scratch my head about safety play against the pass. They do ok against the run, so far.

The offense line has returned to it's run blocking skills (having worked on pass plays so much in practrice, I presume). Noah Herron has new confidence, well earned. I believe we will see a variety of new pass patterns, and more deception in the run game. There's already been more than I expected. When Baz calls plays at the line, the NU offense can be explosive. This will be interesting to watch. Will new offense off-set future defense lapses against tough teams? We will see.

And the punt returns and kick-off returns can really shine here on out. Let's see about the kick receiving teams.
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The odds were more in favor of 0-6 than 6-0 starting the season without 2 defensive starters and so many questions on offense. So where are we now ? And what's next?

and the team have played the run pretty well, excepting quarterback runs. This may improve, as the defense learns to react to the running possibilies.

Walker and the team have not played the pass well at all, especially third and long. The presense of and with has helped, and would have stopped Indiana last week if all three had played. despite all criticism (much deserved) has improved. The return of would (also) help. I scratch my head about safety play against the pass. They do ok against the run, so far.

The offense line has returned to it's run blocking skills (having worked on pass plays so much in practrice, I presume). Noah Herron has new confidence, well earned. I believe we will see a variety of new pass patterns, and more deception in the run game. There's already been more than I expected. When Baz calls plays at the line, the NU offense can be explosive. This will be interesting to watch. Will new offense off-set future defense lapses against tough teams? We will see.

And the punt returns and kick-off returns can really shine here on out. Let's see about the kick receiving teams.
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