Matt Rhule shares expectations for first season at Nebraska
Matt Rhule has taken the reins at Nebraska as the new head coach of the Cornhuskers. Now, he faces the prospects of turning a team around that has won a total of 10 games since the beginning of the 2020 season.
In an appearance on the Bussin’ With the Boys podcast, Rhule was asked by Will Compton and Taylor Lewan about his expectations for the 2023 season at Nebraska. Rhule started his answer by admitting he doesn’t want this to be a long rebuild in Lincoln and shared what stood out to him while watching the Huskers in 2022.
“I’ll say this: I always say to myself, when you go to a place, the first thing you have to do is establish your foundations of how do we work… I don’t want this to be a slow burn, I feel like that year for them was last year,” said Rhule in reference to the 2022 season. “This opportunity was around for a while and I was just watching games and what I respected about Nebraska was the players — had just lost their coach, went through some tough losses along the way — and they just kept battling. And to me, that’s half the battle.
While Rhule also knows he can’t project how good the team will be at this point, he is pleased so far with the makeup of his team heading into the spring:
“I don’t know how good we are yet but I know this: We’re starting from a place of a big, physical-looking group and I think we’ve done a good job in recruiting so far,” Rhule explained. “I just want us to be the kind of team that’s really humble that feels like we can win every game but also knows we can lose every game.”