Ralph Brown on Overtime discusses Nebraska firing Bo Pelini
Ralph Brown joins Jeff Thurn on Monday’s edition of Overtime.
Brown is a former Nebraska All-American, and two-time Super Bowl participant (Giants in 2000, Cardinals in 2009). He played 10 seasons in the NFL for the Cardinals, Vikings, Browns, and Giants. Hear his conversation with Thurn below:
Brown's reaction to Nebraska's firing of Bo Pelini, Sunday morning:
"Well I was actually surprised and the reason why was what occurred last year after the Iowa game and some of the words and comments Bo Pelini made after that situation challenging the administration to fire him at that time. Then not pulling the trigger at that point, I basically thought his job was secure and once I heard he was fired, I said, 'wow, Nebraska must really have someone possibly better out there or are frustrated with some of the losses that have occurred in past'."
What were Brown's biggest issues over last seven years with Pelini as Nebraska head coach?
"Here's a few issues, but one of them was berating your players on the sidelines, belittling them, talking down to them on national television. The other one was the losses; the losses that we endure, how we lost the games. In 2012, we get blown out by Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. Give up 71 points to Wisconsin. Those type of losses can continued and it seemed like we kept taking that slide downward. When you look at 2013 and 2014, we lose to Minnesota, someone we shouldn't have lost to and Iowa. Then you go to this year, that embarrassing loss in Madison to Wisconsin. We also lose to Minnesota again. Those are the teams that Nebraska feels like we should be beating and challenging for the Big Ten Championship or at least the West Division on a continuous basis."
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