At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
For you gluttons for punishment, ESPNU is re-airing yesterday's hot mess at 10:30. My suggestion; make it fun. Take a drink for every game-minute you can stand to watch past the first quarter.
Wow! Yeah guy just sucks.
So yea - another post related to the most talked about subject on the boards.
Over the last five years, we've never had a decent defense (or defensive coordinator) who has lasted more than a couple of seasons (I don't think Greg the White will buck the trend). As discussed in some threads already - one of the secrets to succeed in B1G 10 (with 12 teams) is a potent defense - one which stifles opponents and flattens QBs and RBs, forces turnovers and makes things happen. They can build momentum from the back and change games and demoralize the opposition.
Is it time to bring in a head coach who is more defensively oriented and hire an assistant offensive coordinator? Yes I know that defensive coaches are not as glamourous and don't attract as much limelight - but as the cliche goes that defenses win championships and offenses win television ratings (its probably true too)
Also what are the advantages/ disadvantages of having a defensive HC vis-a-vis and offensive HC? Does it affect recruiting ?
In the same vein - are any prospective defensive coordinators available who can come in as HC at Michigan?
I am not very familiar with the coaches around the nation in general but just thought I'll put my thoughts to paper (or blog).
It appears that, despite all of the coaching controversy, Kris Frost is set to announce his decision on Saturday. IMO, losing him would be bigger than Zettel and Hart combined, but that's just me. All signs point to Michigan. Would be a huge get for RR, or whomever is the coach come Saturday.
EDIT: FL S Wayne Lyons will also be announcing during the bowl. If Harbaugh comes in (Stanford's in his top 5), we could be sitting pretty for him.
I understand concerns that transition would be rough, Denard might transfer (to say nothing of Tate), etc. But to argue that Stanford runs a straight "pro set" that is incompatible with the talent RR has coached up is not based in fact. The question though would be which coaches JH could bring with him if he winds up at Michigan, which will influence how much versatility will be walking through the door.
"Stanford’s offense has duped plenty of defenses this year with its ever-evolving creativity. The Cardinal might line up with one, two or three tight ends, seven or eight offensive linemen. Two backs or no back. They’ll use the Wildcat formation. They’ll run the option, the single wing. They’re a spread offense. A pistol offense. And they’re constantly trying to come up with the next scheme.
“We try to hit every decade since about the 1940s,” said associate head coach Greg Roman.
It’s an encyclopedia of schemes, shifts and formations, and it’s all on quarterback Andrew Luck's wristband -- all 350 plays. "
[Ed-M: Thumped to boards.]
So during the NFL pre-game show it was mentioned that John Elway has been hired by the Broncos for a front office position. Furthermore, they said his first business would be contacting JH. Being a Stanford alum, and now NFL executive (in some sort), it looks like Elway likes what he has seen from Stanford and wants Harbaugh in Denver next season. This seems to be a great situation in comparison to other NFL teams looking for a coach, a team with a solid QB in Kyle Orton, a future QB (MAYBE) in Tim Tebow.
Also a weak division where with a little turn around could be a playoff team. This reall worries me for a potential Michigan Head Coach. I have been a RR supporter, and don't know how he can survive yesterday, but I do know that I don't want to have to go through another coaching change in 3-5 years because Harbaugh goes to the NFL. I also do not want Brady Hoke, IMO he just hasn't proven enough in small conferences to boot. I liked what Gary Patterson's TCU team yesterday. Very multiple on offense and a "small" but very athletic fast D that completely shut down Wisconsin. I would really like others opinions, this is my first diary entry so please critique and try not to neg bomb me if you disagree.