I’m, now, convinced that Taylor Martinez is incapable of improvement – Taylor Martinez is as good as he is going to get. Martinez’s horrible passing mechanics may be the worst in college football and the only asset he has is speed.
Unfortunately for Nebraska, good, well-coached, athletic teams like Wisconsin can contain speed, but it’s hard for any defense to contain an elusive QB that has an arm. That deadly combination, embodied by Badger QB Russell Wilson, usually gives you the results we saw at Camp Randall on Saturday. On the other side of the equation: when you have a QB like Taylor Martinez who lacks poise, the instinctive ability to elude defenders and the passing motion of a bad fifth-grade midget football player, Nebraska fans will, more often than not, have to suffer through these kinds of big-game performances.
In a big game Taylor Martinez melted down – AGAIN! Even more unforgivable, the Husker coaching staff made the same mistake they made several times last season: when it was obvious that he could not deliver, Bo Pelini kept Martinez in a game.
The apparent butt-kissing of Martinez by Pelini and Beck played itself out on national television: With absolutely no chance to come back from a 48-17 beatdown, anyone who still bothered to watch on TV or who were still in the stands had to sit through a timeout called by Nebraska with 12 seconds left in the game, so that the Huskers could attempt to score from the one yard line – with starting QB Taylor Martinez still in the game.
Fittingly, on the last play of the game Martinez was drilled by a Badger before he could reach the goal line. The play represented an exclamation mark for all that is wrong with the Husker offense.
If Bo Pelini and Tim Beck continue on the path of putting the offense on the back of Martinez and not allowing Brion Carnes (or anyone else ) to see game time action the 2011 Huskers are doomed.
Taylor Martinez is not growing as a QB and he does not have the skills to beat the big boys. The faster NU sits him down the sooner they will be headed towards the path of a championship caliber team.
Sitting Taylor Martinez down could be the best thing the Huskers can do for him and their team, giving both Martinez and the coaching staff time to reassess and the chance for a backup to get game time reps.
Until then… look for more of the same from Taylor Martinez and the Huskers.