Stewart Mandel cites Greg Mattison among "10 recently hired coordinators who could have a major impact on both their teams and the national landscape for the 2011 season." Safe to say it will impact the team, but here's hoping the "national landscape" will feature more UM this fall as well.
Good to see more positive press from
ESPN SI, anyway: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/stewart_mandel/02/16/impact-coordinators/index.html?eref=sihp
Seriously, this Mattison hire is the best off the field news for M football since when??
Since the story broke that RR was hired and we all hoped we were going to actually score lots of TDs and win games with our offense?
Since the title "interim coach" was removed and Lloyd became the head coach assuring stability and championships to come in the mid 90s?
Let us assume that we retain coach Rodriguez. Most of the fanbase assumes that Gerg won't be. At the very least there will likely be two or three defensive coaches let go.
Candidates for the defensive coordinator position might include:
Bruce Tall: I assume this is unlikely. The defense has been poor enough that it would be hard to justify elevatingthe best position coach on what seems to be a weak staff. On the other hand if rodriguez is going to want his dc to play a 335 regardless of experience with it, Tall is probably better suited to do that than gerg. It would be hard to be worse. Ultimately, I believe that Brandon will want someone with a proven record and more appealing to the masses. So should rodriguez--he may only have one more year to prove himself.
Chuck Heater: If he's available this would seem to be a good fit. Michigan ties. Florida plays a tough style of defense which we expect to play. The fans for mchigan would embrace him because he played here and has had good success in the ESS-EEE-SEE. The DC job for heater would be an upgrade for him and could be a stepping stone to a head coach consideration here or elsewhere depending on how thngs go.
Randy Shannon: Probably a pipe dream since he will likely have a shot at a head coach position for a lower level major cnference school like Minnesota, Mississippi State, Maryland. It's likely he would choose that option if available. He'd be a good fit though. We already focus heavily on recruiting Florida and his ties there would further that connection. He's also the type of coach who could be hired and paid well and allow Rodriguez to continue to be very hands off with the defense. From the little I have read, Shannon places significant effort on kids going to class and staying out of trouble and would be a good fit with Rodriguez from that perspective. With his defensive track record Brandon would approve and likely be willing to pay. He's recently mentioned that the coach here is gven a lot and a lot is expected. This would certainly fit hat description and potentially se up a solid defensive staff for a couple of years unless or until Shannon were offered a good head coachng position or Rodriguez let go. if we,re willing to pay LSU type assistant money there could be a chance toland him. Detractors would correctly say that he doesn't have Michigan or Big 10 experience, but his track record would appease most fans (at least for a year or two).
Jim Herman: doubtful. He'd be an improvement over what we have. He's familar with the program. That however may actually be a reason he wouldn't be cnsided. RR has spent a signifcant amount of effort and time changing the way thngs were done before him. RR would likely feel threatened by that move and it's probably an impossibility for that reason.
My choice would be Shannon. I doubt he'll be available. I'd take Heater. Either would appease the alums and donors for a year or two. By then well know if Rodriguez is the guy.
Really, when you think about it, it's obvious. A list of attributes:
1. He has experience being outnumbered by an evil empire. With just two remaining Jedi Knights, he never gave up and eventually defeated the Emperor. Yes, I know it took over 20 years, but we've already waited 7.
2. He has fought against Storm Troopers, which will help us next time we play Penn State at home. Also, he's about the same size and age as Paterno, so that will be a nice story.
3. He coaches up his talent. Most Jedi Knights start their training as small children. Yoda didn't get a hold of Luke Skywalker until near adulthood and turned him into a Jedi powerful enough to turn Darth Vader back to the good side and resist the Emperor's will.
4. Speaking of which, good with youth. Since we'll still be starting a lot of sophomores next year, that should help.
5. Understands how to battle larger opponents. Enough with "this won't work in the Big Ten" talk. Yoda is about 3 feet tall and repeatedly defeats opponents twice his size or more.
6. Recruiting advantage. Yoda has good relationships with the Wookies, which will really help our defensive line.
7. Complete change from GERG. Especially in the hair department.
8. Can speak directly into the players' minds when they are on the field. I don't think there is any rule against using the force during a play.
9. Lived in a swamp for the last 30 years of his life, so he can deal with wet weather.
1. He's green. State fans will jump on this. I do think, however, that when he does appear visually, it looks pretty blue, so it should be ok.
2. He died a long, long time ago. Given #8 above, however, that may turn to our advantage.
I think we have a solution here. Get his agent on the phone.
A word of framing up front, this thread (or at least my intent with this thread) is based on the presumption that Rich Rodriguez will be retained as the Head Coach at Michigan but that there will be changes made to his coaching staff. That being said, I think most of us agree that Greg Robinson is not long for Schembechler Hall.
Assuming that the firing of Gerg is a given at this point, when does the ax fall? Will we see it come next week in the immediate aftermath of the regular season? Do we try to bring in a new coordinator in time for the bowl practices/game? Or will we see a temporary DC in the bowl game with the new guy not really arriving until later in the winter?
Recently, there was some talk of looking at Dick Bumpas of TCU and Greg Hudson of East Carolina. Obviously they have had some pretty good success of late. Any legs to any of the thoughts bringing one of these guys to AA? Just hoping there are more viable options than what has been discussed.
Realistically, any NFL DC isn't an otion simply because of money, right. Even though RR mentioned the NFL in an interview about the DC search.