Welcome to Taylor Martinez 2.0
Welcome to Taylor Martinez 2.0.
Updated by Steve Calhoun over the summer, TM 2.0 is getting rave reviews from the fans.
New features include: higher confidence, awareness and accuracy along with improved arm strength.
Bug fixes include: happy feet in the pocket, dropping of the shoulder, and ball security.
Saturday afternoon marked the pilot test of TM 2.0, with an above satisfactory outcome. Diagnostic tests revealed a 26 of 34 passing performance for 354 yards and 5 touchdowns – the most efficient version yet.
Alright, enough playing around. Taylor Martinez is a guy, actually the guy, after his career day in the 29-point victory over Southern Miss.
“I’m pleased,” offensive coordinator Tim Beck said. “He’s worked hard (at his passing game) because he knew that’s what he needed to do to become more of a complete player.”
His performance may have come as a surprise to those in the stands, but it certainly wasn’t to those on the field.
“It’s what I expected from Taylor,” coach Bo Pelini said. “I’ve been seeing a lot of good things. I thought, to be efficient, he’s got to handle the offense well. I thought he directed things very well.”
The quarterback himself carried that same attitude onto the field Saturday.
“We’ve been practicing all along like that against our defense, so we knew our offense was really good,” Martinez said. “We’ve just got to keep the momentum rolling.”
His throws over the middle and to the sideline were crisp, most of which on target. His lobs to the corner were made catchable for his intended targets. Even his harshest critics should only be able to point out one pass in the first half that could’ve (and probably should’ve) been a pick six, as cause for concern.
Yet, Martinez didn’t bask in the glory. During postgame on the field, he looked into the camera and told a national audience that he thought he could’ve done better.
Martinez’s air assault wasn’t just important for him, but for the entire offense. If he’s able to continue passing effectively, gone are the days of opposing defenses loading the box in preparation for a run or a quick slant. That fact could become more significant, pending the health of Rex Burkhead.
A fair share of folks won’t be shy to bring up the fact that this is only Week 1, and who knows what we’ll see out of him in Pasadena this coming Saturday. But there is no denying that Martinez seemed poised as ever in the pocket, and that he’s worked hard over the offseason to get to where he is now. So, at least let him enjoy Saturday’s performance.
“He’s earned it,” Beck said.
——————— Quick Hits ———————-
- Burkhead’s injury is obviously a cause for concern, but I like what I saw out of Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard and Imani Cross. Abdullah proved he has the ability to be an every down back, showing off a little power to go with his finesse. Heard is faster than I remember, and Cross can be a big weapon in short yardage situations.
- Ten different receivers caught passes for the Huskers, and a lot more people now know who Steven Osborne is. The senior made the play of the day with his catch in the front corner of the endzone. Quincy Enunwa had a big day as well. He’s proven to have sure hands and is a load to bring down.
- Bo Pelini had a lot of good things to say about the defense, and thought they were able to adjust well. Southern Miss was constantly changing up the offensive looks, which can make it difficult on a defense.