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Nebraska coach Scott Frost clarified he doesn’t have an issue with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple despite apparent criticism Saturday.
“No, never. Hes really smart. Excellent at what he does,” Frost said of Whipple, per Eric Olson of the Associated Press. “We’ve lots of other coaches that are really smart and proficient at what they do. We have to find our rhythm of putting best wishes stuff together. I thought it had been good on Saturday. It could be better.”
Nebraska blew a double-digit second-half lead in a 31-28 loss to Northwestern in the season-opening matchup in Ireland. Following the game, Frost seemingly criticized the play-calling.
“I believe our offensive staff must learn you need to be a bit more creative in this league,” the coach said.
Frost had previously called offensive plays, but Whipple has had over responsibilities in his first year with the team after 3 years at Pittsburgh.
Following a strong begin to the overall game, Nebraska struggled offensively and didn’t score in virtually any of its last six drives, featuring two interceptions and four punts.
Frost said Tuesday he could have called more quarterback runs if he previously the reins, but he could be still standing by Whipple.
“You obtain in a rhythm as a play-caller. That is the approach I took,” Frost said. “Whip’s at the very top play-caller. I believe that arrived in the initial two-and-a-half quarters. You see what you can do with this particular offense.”
The top coach also had their own faults in the overall game, notably your choice to try an onside kick up 28-17 in the 3rd quarter. Northwestern recovered and seemingly took the momentum to score 4 unanswered points.
Now in his fifth year at Nebraska, Frost includes a 15-30 record at the institution with zero winning seasons. The pressure is only going to continue steadily to grow this season, regardless of who’s calling the plays.