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2021 Episode 18: No Easy Answers

2021 Episode 18: No Easy Answers

October 17, 2021

It does look like a broken record. The same mistakes that plague the Huskers for the last several seasons continue to haunt them.  They come at the worst times in a game, and the errors are so costly there's just no way to recover from them.

A lot of you are so passionate and write us emails every week seeking the answers. But, unfortunately, Dr. Rob wants you to know there are no easy answers. 

Should Nebraska have kicked a field goal on 4th and short or go for it? 

Will Adrian Martinez ever make a play late in the game to give the Huskers a win? Or better yet, why does he keep making bad decisions with the game on the line? 

Will Adrain Martinez be the quarterback at Nebraska next season, or will he enter the transfer portal? 

Is Scott Frost the head coach at Nebraska next year? 

All good questions with no easy answers, but we address them all on this edition of the Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy. 

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2021 Episode 17: Close Drives Doctor Rob To Drink More

2021 Episode 17: Close Drives Doctor Rob To Drink More

October 10, 2021

There is no doubt that Nebraska is improving. The close losses are proof; it has lost to three teams currently ranked in the top ten by 13 points. So we know the Huskers can "play" with some of the best countries. However, what we don't know yet is if Nebraska can beat the top-level teams. There will be more opportunities as two more teams are currently ranked in the top ten, #6 Ohio State and #2 Iowa on the schedule. 

On this edition of the Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob hits the sauce hard! Close losses will make you drink! The more he consumes, the more he unloads on the following:

  • Turnovers
  • Penalties
  • Big 10 Officiating
  • To go or not go for a field goal
  • What is now a MUST win situation vs. Minnesota

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2021 Episode 16: A Social Experiement

2021 Episode 16: A Social Experiement

October 3, 2021

This week's episode of the Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy is a social experiment. Do Husker fans like hearing about the negative? Or are they more focused on the positive? 

For the past several weeks, the downloads of this podcast have been at record numbers. Of course, in years past, we always see an uptick in listens when the Huskers lost.  But how about when they win? Well, Nebraska just played one of its most complete games in years. So will people take the time to listen to what Doctor Rob Zatechka has to say? 

We hope so because he has a lot of good things today, especially about the adjustments on the offensive line. Dr. Rob also digs into a couple of key statistics to the Husker's success against Northwestern. The key moving forward? I'll give it away, consistency. 

Up next for the Huskers, 9th ranked Michigan. The Wolverines are winning, and their head coach Jim Harbaugh is keeping a pretty low profile. Michigan's defense is stout, a will be an actual test for a Nebraska offense that appears to have found its stride. 

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2021 Episode 15: It‘s A Broken Record

2021 Episode 15: It‘s A Broken Record

September 26, 2021

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. But, unfortunately, Nebraska keeps making the same mistakes week in and week out, and it produces similar if not the same result... losses.

  • Turnovers
  • Penalties
  • Special Teams Mistakes
  • Poor Offensive Line Play

On this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Travis Justice and Dr. Rob Zatechka discuss the latest broken record for the Huskers, a 23-20 overtime loss at Michigan State. Nebraska should have and could have won the game, but the mistakes listed above come back to haunt them again. 

How do you fix it? Dr. Rob's diagnosis is not an easy one as he says it comes down to discipline, which is a reflection of the program's culture. He's not saying it can't be fixed; it's just hard to flip the switch like that in the middle of the season. 

Dr. Rob also spends a lot of time discussing the offensive line. He says there may be a point when recruiting o-lineman that there is a level of diminishing returns. He's saying size really does matter! It's some insight that makes a lot of sense. 

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2021 Espisode 14: Lots of Good to Go With The Bad

2021 Espisode 14: Lots of Good to Go With The Bad

September 19, 2021

The emails started flooding into the Doc Talk Sports inbox almost as soon as the game started. Nebraska fans were watching the Huskers give #3 Oklahoma a run for its money, but time and time again, mental mistakes, turnovers, and special teams stopped the Husker from pulling off the upset. 

Overwhelmingly the criticism was directed at the offensive line. To be even more specific, o-line coach Greg Austin. It’s not easy for Husker fans to criticize a former player, but fans expect results and improvement when you put the whistle around your neck. Unfortunately, right about now, they’ve seen enough from a unit that, to this point, has not earned the title of “pipeline.” 

In this edition of the Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy Dr. Rob Zatechka goes into great detail about the o-line and why he thinks they are having problems. Talent is not the issue according to Dr. Rob. Coaching is a part of the problem, but not all of it. Remember that offensive scheme that Scott Frost bragged about? You know the one that EVERY Big 10 defense was going to have to adapt to? Well, Dr. Rob says the scheme is the biggest problem in the entire equation.  Dr. Rob says he goes to bed at night dreaming about zone-blocking for the run game.  Well, he’s now dreaming about Nebraska, but he could be dreaming about almost every other team in the country! 

The Huskers failed to rush for over 100-yards against the Sooners. Up next they will by playing a now ranked Michigan State team that blew out Miami at Miami and held the Hurricanes to below 100-yards of rushing. Mel Tucker had had success against Nebraska when he was in Colorado. Tucker has a boatload of transfers in his second year with the Spartans, and they are off to a 3-0 start on the season.  

Despite the poor play of the offensive line, a dreadful kicking game, and sloppy penalties, Nebraska does have a lot riding in its favor as it goes to East Lansing. The biggest asset they have right now is confidence. They know they can play talented teams and if they eliminate their mistakes, maybe pull off an upset. Also, Adrian Martinez is coming off what may be his best game since his freshman season. If Martinez is clicking on all cylinders, then the Nebraska offense is dangerous no matter what. 

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2021 Episode 13: The Origin of the Pipeline

2021 Episode 13: The Origin of the Pipeline

September 12, 2021

Have you ever wondered where the term "Pipeline" was coined for the Nebraska offensive line?  Dr. Rob Zatechka tells us the story of how it took over 3-years to convince the powers to be to go along with the idea. It's a great story that started with a question from Chad Carr from Ticket Express in this week's Ticket Talk segment brought to you by Ticket Express. 

The Rimington Trophy presents this weekly podcast during the season. Nebraska is now 2-1 on the season after taking care of Buffalo on September 11. It's ironic that Dr. Rob tells the Pipeline story because a lot of the questions coming in from listeners are about the offensive line. Dr. Rob goes into great detail about the o-line, says one excuse he's not buying is being inexperienced and youth. 

Also, Oklahoma is up next for Nebraska. The 50th Anniversary of the game of the century. What does the showdown with the Sooners mean to Dr. Rob? You might be surprised after listening. 

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2021 Episode 12: Fordham Is A False Positive

2021 Episode 12: Fordham Is A False Positive

September 5, 2021

It's easy to look at the Husker's 52-7 win over Fordham and think that all is right in the world. However, looking at the data, the numbers would indicate the ship is on the right track. 

  • 633 yards of total offense
  • 34 first downs
  • 12-19 on 3rd down conversions
  • 4-4 on 4th down conversions
  • Three interceptions

But on this week's Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, former Husker All-American Dr. Rob Zatechka gives his official diagnosis. In his expert opinion, the win over the Rams was a false positive. Although Dr. Rob doesn't want you to be disheartened by what he thinks, he's all in favor of more testing. He believes the game against Buffalo on Saturday will give a better indication if Nebraska is improving. Even more so in the game in two weeks again, Oklahoma. 

How did Dr. Rob come to his conclusion? First, he dove deep into the numbers and found some disturbing trends that might be overlooked. Also, he doesn't consider Fordham an elite FCS team, and the fact that it took until the 3rd quarter to put the Rams away for good raised some concerns. 

Dr. Rob and Travis Justice know this should be a time to celebrate, but what is wrong with proceeding with caution? After all, Illinois, the team Nebraska lost to a week ago, got beat at home by Texas-San Antonio yesterday! A team from Conference USA!  I think it's safe to say the Illini's win over Nebraska was a false positive. 

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2021 Episode 11: Nothing Has Changed

2021 Episode 11: Nothing Has Changed

August 29, 2021

Illinois 30 Nebraska 22.

By now, you know the final score. So the reaction to losing the first game of Scott Frost's fourth season at Nebraska is not met with that much surprise or shock. But, sadly, as Coach Frost said himself after the game, it's the same movie. 

On this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice discuss what went wrong vs. the Illini. Yes, it's the same old mental mistakes—turnovers, penalties, special teams mess-ups that doomed the Huskers. But Dr. Rob gives a deeper diagnosis that has more to do with coaching and the team's ability to make adjustments.

Will this coaching staff learn? What's next for a team that, on paper, has two should be cream puffs coming up on the schedule that could lead to a false sense of security. 

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2021 Episode 10: A lot Has Happened Since The Last Time We Talked!

2021 Episode 10: A lot Has Happened Since The Last Time We Talked!

August 22, 2021

You might be asking yourself, it's been a busy news week for Nebraska football; where in the hell has Dr. Rob Zatechka been? 

It's a good question, and here is an explanation. First of all Travis Justice, (the other dude on this podcast and the one who has the fancy studio gear to record) had to drive a car to New Orleans to give to his sophomore in college. Then, as soon as Travis got back from the Cresent City, Rob did the same thing for his daughter in Tallahassee, Florida. 

Knowing they couldn't wait any longer, you will find this discussion to be a little different from previous recordings. Dr. Rob is in on the road and on the phone. They try and cover all thig big things that have happened over the last two weeks like:

  • The NCAA Investigation
  • Is someone trying to sabotage Scott Frost
  • The season opener vs. Illinois
  • Bo Pelini podcast appearance

I can confidently say Dr. Rob is wearing his seatbelt and using a hands-free device while doing this recording.

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2021 Episode 9: The”V” Word!

2021 Episode 9: The”V” Word!

August 8, 2021

We've been told a thousand times, never talk about religion and politics on the podcast. We've done it a couple of times, and despite making some people mad, everything turned out okay.

 

In this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice talk about the "V" word. Get your mind of the gutter, not that "V" word. We are talking about vaccinations. Depending on how you feel, this might be the same as talking about religion and politics. 

 

Why talk about this now? Well, COVID cases are increasing not just in Nebraska but all over the country. Husker Head Coach Scott Frost has said he's not yet comfortable with the team's vaccination rate. The Delta variant of the virus seems to be affecting young adults and children more than the older population. A high percentage of people being hospitalized and dying are unvaccinated. 

 

Since Dr. Rob is a doctor, he's more than qualified to give his opinion on the matter. He's just lucky enough to do a podcast where he can talk about both of his passions, medicine and football! Seriously though, are games at risk? Is the 100% capacity limits at risk? 

 

Let's say they do postpone or cancel games or even reduce the crowd size. What happens to your ticket? Chad Carr from Ticket Express is on the show with Ticket Talk and clearly explains this companies policy. 

 

We can only have these deep conversations while drinking beer! So Rob's wife Jennifer stopped at McCue's Nebraska Taproom in Kearney and picked up a crowler from Highway 14 Brewing Company in Albion. 

 

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