BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo caught up with Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck for a segment Tuesday night on Big Ten Football Report.
The topic was a popular one of late — the dynamics surrounding quarterback Taylor Martinez.
“The biggest thing with Taylor we wanted to improve was his footwork and his depth and his drops,” Beck said, sitting with DiNardo recently in the Huskers’ offensive film room.
Beck showed a 2011 clip of Martinez starting with the wrong foot on a shotgun snap and then leaning back. He showed another where Martinez took too short of a drop, was set before his receivers were into their routes and then panicked — resulting in an interception against Wisconsin.
As with a golfer, Beck said oftentimes the tendency is to adjust to deficiencies rather than fix them.
“Now we have the ability, since it’s the offseason and spring ball, we’re fixing it,” Beck said.
Beck then showed clips from a seven-on-seven spring drill where Martinez pushed back on the right foot, planted and didn’t hop, and stepped into a throw.
“He’s really done a nice job so far,” Beck said.
When the segment was finished and DiNardo was back on the BTN set, he said: “Think about it. We just talked about a quarterback throwing the ball and we never once mentioned his arm. It was all lower body. I don’t think a lot of people have a lot of appreciation (of) that’s really where it starts.”