Early Break

It is officially ‘Tua Time’ in Miami…is Jake ready for it?

-The Dolphins are on their bye this weekend, but announced on Tuesday that Tua Tagovailoa will be the starting QB for the team’s next game against the Rams

-Ryan Fitzpatrick had led the Dolphins to a 3-3 record and 2 straight blowout wins, but is also just a stopgap for the team. Was it the right timing? Is Jake jacked or does he think it was bad timing?

Parker Gabriel (Lincoln Journal Star) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

-We haven’t seen Ronald Thompkins at all, but he’s the No. 2 RB now…how good is he?

-Are things squared away in the Omar Manning situation? Will he be playing against the Buckeyes?

-Are we selling Scott Frost and his program too short as we head into his third season?

Are we selling Scott Frost’s Nebraska program too short as we prepare for the season?

-Frost has had only 9 wins in his 2 years so far, but some people’s outlook for Nebraska this year seems like something you might see at Rutgers, Illinois, or other bottom-feeder schools

-Why shouldn’t people believe a leap in Year 3 is possible for Nebraska? Why do people believe this team might not improve this year?

MAILBAGGGG!!!! Your questions, our answers

-As always, email your questions for Sip & Jake to earlybreak937@gmail.com or tweet at them

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers)

Sean Callahan (Husker Online)

-Ryan Held says Ronald Thompkins—not Rahmir Johnson—will serve as Dedrick Mills’ backup RB…surprised?

-Will we see any packages at QB for Luke McCaffrey on Saturday or do you think it will be just Adrian Martinez?

-How much can we really assess from the defense after going against such an elite offense this Saturday?

Dedrick Mills has a backup RB, but it’s not Rahmir Johnson—it’s Ronald Thompkins, per Ryan Held

-WHOA! We had heard that Thompkins was having a good camp, but many still believed the No.2 RB job was still Rahmir Johnson’s to lose. That was obviously not true, as Ryan Held said yesterday that Thompkins will get the first carries that Dedrick Mills doesn’t get at RB

-Held said that Johnson has been getting work as a kick returner, though, as well as a variety of other players. He says the backfield depth is the best he’s had since he’s been here…coach speak or true?

-More from yesterday’s post-practice Zoom session…

Jake is a married man, and Sip missed out on a truly epic time

-Jake had a snowy wedding in Spearfish, South Dakota, and it was fantastic. And he and his wife then went glamping—yep, glamorous camping—in the snowy Black Hills after that. And it was awesome

-How sad is Sip that he missed out???

Robin Washut (Husker Online) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

-So….Nebrasketball made 5-star prospect Bryce McGowens’ final 5 teams list…where do they stack up against the rest?

-Delano Banton and Trey McGowens showed up in ESPN’s Newcomer Impact Rankings…which of those is more important to the team this year, in your opinion?

-Adrian Martinez is named the starter by Scott Frost, but how quick will the trigger for Luke McCaffrey be?

Can we make any huge proclamations about Nebraska’s defense after Saturday’s game against Ohio State?

-It’s a defense that has several new starters, and a defense that already wasn’t great last year, which makes fans want to yell at Erik Chinander for all their problems

-However, it’s (potentially) the best team in all of college football that you’re facing this Saturday. They pack a punch on offense, and need to come out blazing for the season to make sure voters keep them up high in the rankings to give them the best shot at a playoff appearance. They may like you for making a season possible, but they’re not going to try and be friends with Nebraska on the field..

Jake is starting to think that his Dolphins might actually be a pretty good team…is he ready for the eventual fallout?

-The Dolphins beat the lowly Jets, 24-0, on Sunday, and now are 3-3 on the year, with 3 wins in dominant fashion, and 3 losses in close fashion to decent-to-good teams. Are the Fins for real?

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers)

Rick Kaczenski (Former Nebraska/Iowa DL coach)

-Adrian Martinez is indeed the starter for Nebraska’s opener against Ohio State..did you ever think he wouldn’t be?

-How much can we truly assess from Nebraska’s defense with such a brutal opener against an elite team?

-What are your thoughts as a former coach on fake crowd noise in a mostly empty stadium?

Scott Frost has spoken: Adrian Martinez will start for Nebraska against Ohio State on Saturday

-No depth chart was released ahead of Nebraska’s first weekly press conference (via Zoom) of the season, which led people to believe that maybe we wouldn’t know the starting QB until Saturday…

-..but then, Scott Frost said that Adrian Martinez will indeed be the starting QB against the Buckeyes, but feels like they have 2 starting QBs. Might sound good to say that, but it also creates tension..

-Was it always the right choice to have Martinez start against Ohio State? Other takeaways from the Zoom session…