"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."
Maybe Casteel is a great guy and he has had success as a coordinator. I have no idea how or if he recruits, but he is a younger guy that should (should) be able to identify with recruits.
However, a few things:
1) If we are to fire the second DC in three (!) years, I think it is time to bring in an outsider in that is given the authority to broom the staff on that side of the ball who have remained a constant through this disaster. I don't trust RR to "get the gang back together" since I am sure Tall* and Gibson would then stay on board. It sort of feels like we are at the table doubling down on the same bad bet.
2) I actually do believe that scheme does matter. I am done with the 3-3-5 nonsense and this would be a result of a Casteel hire. I am also tired of hearing my head coach say we go between the 4-3/3-4/3-3-5, if we have three schemes, we have none. There are many top defenses in this league, they led by DCs who are paid many dollars to coach against teams in this league, so run a defense built for this league, not one that is made to stop our offense. On the flip side, we have already seen how defenses line up to stop our own offense from scoring (not gaining yards), let's just copy that when Nebraska shows up next year since they are the only team who looks like us (Illinois may get there with the new QB, I don't know).
The only way someone good will take a chance on this if GERG is gone is if they have full run, the dump truck of cash is backed up and maybe a multi-year contract is signed. Otherwise, the track record looks poor from a longevity standpoint which makes hiring more difficult.
*For the Tall supporters, I am not so sure Tall made BG a first rounder. I think BG's uncanny explosiveness/strength, Barwis and his ability to destroy in 4-3 scheme that fit his talents appropriately (e.g. like Griffin from USC, not dropping into the flats to cover TEs) made him into a first rounder.
I am of the camp that this year's defense is agonizingly similar to the 2008 version of the offense, where we are too young/inexperienced and the pieces don't fit right, at least not yet.
So, here's my prediction: Saturday's game will be our 2008 at Minnesota game. That was the most complete game of the year and one of only 3 games where our offense out-gained our opponent (ND and Miami (NTM)) were the other two. If you're a sadist (or want to see how far our offense has come) you can check this out for yourself here.
Other similarities--coming off a loss to an under-achieving team that was gut-wrenching for its own reasons (the week before MN, we lost to Purdue to officially become bowl ineligible) and we will be playing a team that is over-achieving pre-season expectations.
So, have we had our "Minnesota 2008" performance on defense yet? If so, who?
Will I look stupid?
DiscussEDIT: With the news about JT Floyd I recant my prediction.
Dave Brandon is a smart guy. He played football for Bo, he was a successful fortune 500 CEO at Dominoes, and he was a UM Regent.
I would be willing to bet that he was on the advisory committee to help (tell) Bill Martin who to hire to replace Lloyd Carr.
Brandon is now CEO of UM athletics.
Football is his cash cow.
He MUST make football work. This means winning. It also means graduating his athletes and keeping them out of trouble.
Part of his football program is doing pretty well. The offense is one of the best in the country. But the defense is failing.
His department head in football is a good man. He is a young family man, he is intelligent, engaging, well spoken, and represents the university well. He is an excellent offensive coach and recruiter. His players really like him.
So how to fix football?
Brandon does NOT want to fire this department head.
Are there candidates as good as him out there & available? Not many.
What about negotiating with another university for their coach? How ugly is that?
How much would it cost to pay everyone off and start over?
Football would lose a year recruiting on top of what was lost the last time.
The university would look indecisive (Notre Dame?)
And the next guy: What baggage will he bring with him (a cheerleader in his closet)? And will he win?
No. Brandon will stay with his department head. He will sit down with him, talk about the big picture, and work with him to develop a plan to fix the defense. He will put together an advisory group of football guys to advise the department head on his plan. When the plan is completed, Brandon will help his department head execute the plan.
What is the plan? Basically, it involves getting the right personnel (defensive coordinator), giving that guy control / responsibility, and not interfering with him. Then holding him accountable.
We already tried that?
No, we did not. The department head did not use our brain trust / football family to identify and find the right man to run the defense. Then he did not give the D.C. freedom to hire his assistants, and the D.C. was told what scheme to run. This time it must be different: His personnel, his scheme.
This is what CEO Dave Brandon will do.
If the department head is smart, he will work with his CEO and everybody will look good. This might be difficult on the department head's ego, to admit that maybe his hires and his schemes did not work.
If he is a prima donna, he will not accept help and do it himself. If he does this, chances are he will make the same mistake again, and be fired in another year.
Brandon has other resources to bring to bear on the defensive problem, as long as his Department Head is willing to work with him and them.
My guess is that the Department Head is smart enough to work with the help offered by Dave Brandon to get the job done.
Hey I searched for the answer to this, albeit not very thoroughly, but what time do the golf courses open for noon games? the only 2 games i've been to this year were 3:30 games. thanks for the help!
He said he is looking at the five schools with a fresh set of eyes and is open to each option.
“I’ve got no favorites,” he said. “I’m looking for a good education, good football, the personality of the coaches and players, the campuses, I’m looking at everything.”
He added that he will also look at how each school fares this season, and examine rosters and other incoming recruits.