"To a degree … we're blowing a lot of it up ..."
In today's DetNews, the new coaches discuss their vision for the offense:
Reading between the lines (which I'd invite everyone to do), I think Vincent Smith may have a reason to be nervous:
"It's a different style of run game," Jackson said. "You have to have a back who can go down hill and do it successfully quite a bit. We have a couple guys built for this and a couple guys we'll have to wait and see."
Speaking as a fan of the spread 'n shred, I'm intrigued by what Borges and company might be able to do with the returning players. His remarks about Denard make sense to me. (Aside: I wish they'd go easy on the whole "toughness" / "physical" theme. I'm tired of it already. Do they think the O-line played soft last year? Does anyone else think that?)
Ok, he's a great recruiter, but I think we've got that covered.
The race/demographic question is more than answered in the other post.
I want someone to tell me what I'm missing regarding his coaching abilty. Who has he developed that makes him stand out?
NY Jets as DB coach 2004-2007 - their DB/S's have only improved since he left
ND - He was better IMO running the DC position (because of the recruiting/tying positions/people together) as he did in 2007. He only took over DBs in 2008, and I don't remember ANY great secondary play from ND in that timeframe. Shoot, of anything I remember of us having success at all against them was due to taking advantage of their poor backfields. I don't remember a single DB's name from ND (except for DB's named Rye, White, Wheat - they were all toast). 2009 he's back to multi-tasking with Asst HC, DC, and DB roles.
Am I missing something? If we're truly looking for a DB coach, is he even close to the best guy? If we were short on the recruiting front AND needed the DB spot, sign him up, but I think it's no big miss otherwise.
I saw this was mentioned in the comments of a post about a week ago but thought that this kid's name is awesome enough to have his own post. He is a 2012 CB from Southfield named Leviticus Payne. Here is his Rivals profile. No film there but the couple of people that rated him both gave him 5 stars. I don't know about that but his name certainly gets 5 stars from me.
Any other spectacularly named kids we should know about for next year? Who will be the Barkevious Mingo of next year's class?
Bob's hanging them up after 29 years behind the mic
I always loved watching him comment on Brian's games at the Big House, and I think that he did a great job of being both a Dad/Fan and a color guy, he wasn't afraid to call it like it is, positive or negative. I think the "Proud Papa" moment with Keith Jackson was one of the moments that stand out to me from that Rose Bowl,
(right around 6:30 is great) - embed is below, link is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZMqS83n_vw
Found this interesting. Apparently Armwood HS banned Danny Hope from recruiting after he didn't agree with the surgical procedure given to a recruit with an ACL tear. Sounds a little extreme, but I revel in anything negative that comes Mr. Mustache's way.
EDIT: Damn! I looked all over the board and didn't see anything on this. Ignore.
Here in NY on WFAN and Yes Network, Mike Francesa had Desmond Howard on, and boy were they loving up Coach Hoke... Francesa said he is the perfect coach for M, and will be here for 20 years. It'll be on TV tonight on the YES Network and is worth listening to.