Matt Rhule: 'Never a conversation' about pulling Jeff Sims in Week 2
Matt Rhule and his Nebraska program fell to 0-2 on Saturday, losing on the road to Colorado by a final score of 36-14 in Week 2. It goes without saying, but there is a lot to clean up for the Huskers heading into Week 3.
A major issue for the program is turnovers. After 4 turnovers in the season opener, the Huskers gave the ball away 4 more times against Colorado.
That included 3 first-half turnovers for quarterback Jeff Sims. Two of those turnovers came via botched snaps while another was a bad interception late in the first half.
During his postgame press conference, Rhule said there was “never a conversation” about replacing Sims in favor of Heinrich Haarberg during the struggles. Haarberg eventually did finish the game but only after an ankle injury for Sims.
“There was never a conversation about taking (Sims) out,” said Rhule. “…There was never a conversation about putting Heinrich in… We have some plays for him that we were potentially going to utilize.”
Rhule admitted the turnovers are clearly an issue for the Huskers, but he did not want to comment on the QB specifically until the team could review the entire game.
“I think for me, I won’t be able to really comment — truly — because it’s such a big thing to comment on the quarterback,” Rhule explained. “We know globally it’s too many turnovers, but in terms of what exactly went wrong. Was the center late with the snap? Was the motion… I have to go back and look at those things.
“Then we had some good drives with penalties that had nothing to do with the QB.”
Regardless of the full assessment, there’s no denying Nebraska needs improved play for its QB, especially after Rhule landed Sims via the portal with 2022 starter Casey Thompson eventually transferring out.
In the Week 2 loss, Sims was just 9-for-15 passing with 106 yards an an interception. He did rush for 67 yards with a touchdown but also has 6 turnovers he is credited with in 2 starts for the Huskers.