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Edit: I think there's some misunderstanding here. This is just a thread to discuss whether or not Funk should be fired with a slant towards 'no.' It is a reaction to the calls for his firing in sUTL threads.
A summary of the debate to date (subject to edit)
Point: O-line is young.
Counterpoint: They're not as young.
Point: Borges effed this joint up. Compounding youth, unnecessary (and ineffective) complexity stifled learning.
Counterpoint: Can't blame everything on Al. What if we're mistaking the the root of the problem--maybe Al was trying to gameplan around Funk's deficiencies.
Point: He knows what he's doing.
Counterpoint: He doesn't know what he's doing.
-Ed: I don't know what I'm doing.
Point: You've got to look at this stuff in context. Blaming Funk for the poor state of the O-line is like forcing someone into a cage and accusing them of misbehaving when they throw something at you.
Counterpoint: We must judge him based on performance.
Calling all Experts
Magnus. Space Coyote. Other experts.
Jason La Confora is reporting that Bill O'Brien is ready to return to the NFL and that the Vikings, Texans and possibly the Redskins are interested. La Confora states that O'Brien's potential buyout is less restrictive this year and that PSU may face litigation if they attempt to collect a buyout from O'Brien because of he NCAA sanctions that were levied against them.
Edited: previously said Eagles instead of Vikings.
According to an ESPN report here, USC (Pat Haden) is going to smash the piggy-bank to get a big-name head coach. Thought this was interesting as we collectively ponder changes.
One industry source told me this week that USC is willing to extend an offer of up to $6 million a year to get its man. Yes, that’s more than Nick Saban makes (for now).
It appears that successful coaches are so-called gurus in one aspect of the team. Some are offensive gurus such as Urban, while some are defensive gurus such Saban. Is there any successful program where the coach is not really good in one aspect of the football? By the way, this seems to be more of a case in college football than in NFL where there are many so-called CEO coaches (e.g., Harbaugh brothers).
In case of UM it seems that both Bo and Carr where the CEO types while RR was the guru. Hoke is obviously the former.
Hoops season starts soon and we're all very excited about that. John Beilein is a genius! We're ranked #7! We're coming off a Final Four! OMG Shirtless Sophomores! We have good reason to be upset about yesterday, and the overall play of our 6-2 team but I personally believe in the big picture. "Fire Hoke" and drawing negative conclusions about his regime's trajectory is unwise at this juncture. Allow me to describe -- using parallels to our current hoops coach who is figuratively walking on water in AA these days.
Beilein was hired in 2007 to replace a "sexy" name who didn't get the job done. Nobody was really excited about the hire because we struck out on Pitino [EDIT: Pitino was 2001. In any case, Beilein wasn't a super exciting hire with his "White Guy" reputation and preverbial "ceiling"]. Hoke, 2011, and Harbaugh and it's the same. Beilein had to re-recruit Harris and Sims and we struggled to a 10-22 record. His second year was charmed and we overacheived to an NCAA Tournament win. Hoke had to re-recruit Denard and others and we overachieved to a Sugar Bowl win. At this juncture, Hoke is ahead of schedule. Both coaches/teams fell back down to earth in the following season and fans are rightfully disappointed.
In Beilein's following season (2010-11), we started 1-6 in Big Ten play before the light went on and we upset MSU in East Lansing. It's been a consistent increase in production ever since. This isn't Hollywood so the parallels aren't perfect (we got smoked yesterday and Lewan didn't have an anueysm of leadership), but we're 6-2 and have some opportunities to wake up. In any case, we're still a year ahead of schedule according to the "Blueprint to BUILDING a Program" by John Beilein.
Now, Beilein made some coaching changes (Hello: Jordan, Meyer, and Alexander) that helped him out. I'm not saying Hoke does or doesn't need to make a few changes, but we're still figuratively playing with a couple Novak's and Douglass' at some skill positions, but while others (like the guards) have Darius Morris talent before the transformation.
The worst thing Hoke could have done was apparently expidite expectations with the Sugar Bowl. Have some perspective; remember Beilein's long road. We're recruiting better than ever. He's united the alumni and we love how he does things the "Michigan way". We've enjoyed some success on the field and I promise we'll get to play MSU (1-2 isn't ideal, but better than 0-3), OSU (1-1), and ND (2-1) again.
My opinion is that we should continue to support Michigan. We're obviously not where we want to be, but these things take some time. Tough to coach ourselves to a win when the interior O-Line literally gets crushed within 1 second on every play.
Should this be a diary? Is this too long? Are my paragraphs not up to the "MGoBlog Pulitzer standard?" Who cares. Step away from the cliff, anxious Michigan fans. The last time we gathered our pitchforks coaches negative recruited the hell out of our coaching stability and we got a Josh Groban appearance we'd all like to forget.
As the season approaches one of the biggest lingering question marks is how the Offensive Line, particularly the 3 new starters, will perform this year. There are a lot of reasons to believe that we will see improvement in this department such as scheme and personnel fit with regards to size and technique.
The question I have for the coaches and learned football scholars out there is specifically how are the skill sets different for run blocking vs. pass blocking? For all the flack our OL got last year they seemed to do pretty well in pass blocking situations. Was this a result of having upperclassman using techniques that translated from a zone blocking scheme (which our OL was recruited for) to our current scheme? Will it be "easier" for our young OL to run block because of their size advantage, ability to pull, and overall fit within the system than to pass block that requires fine-tuned technique?
Just curious to see in what situations our OL can do well and if that will skew the playcalling in one direction or another.