Last week, I was asked my thoughts about how the Huskers would do this football season, and frankly, I don’t really know. I actually have a wide range of thoughts, starting at 10-2 (Woohoo! Big Ten West champions, baby) and working my way down.
All the way to “Mike Riley’s heading back to Corvallis at Christmas time and not coming back” down.
Why am I so uncertain? Only nine returning starters, once you cross cornerback Chris Jones off the list with his knee injury. A new defensive scheme. And perhaps most importantly, new unproven offensive skill players on offense.
I like the hire of Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator, so I feel OK that could work out in the long term. But truth be told, if Riley felt the need to replace a coordinator this offseason, I wouldn’t have given Mark Banker a pink slip last January. I would have gone to the other side of the ball.