Sam Webb is a connected person, and it appears that the Michigan OC choice is a barely-hidden secret amongst the connected, so when he posts an article titled
Michigan's Ideal Candidate
With a picture of Doug Nussmeier and long discussion of Doug Nussmeier, who you'd think would be untouchable at Alabama, this is… unlikely to be a guess. And since it's followed quickly by Bruce Feldman confirming, it seems to be done. Informative update to follow.
INFORMATIVE UPDATE. So who is this dude? He started his coaching career in the CFL with a couple of years as a QB coach, then moved on to Michigan State in the same capacity for three years (Jeff Smoker as a senior and then two years of Drew Stanton), then the Rams for two years. Marc Bulger was an All-Pro in year 1, which was an 8-8 season, and then the Rams went 3-13 and everyone got fired.
Nussmeier landed at Fresno State as OC for one season, was immediately hired away by Washington, and after three years was hired by Saban. His numbers as an offensive coordinator:
|2008||Fresno State||56%||5||7.2||5.9 (28th)||387 (43rd)||59th|
|2009||Washington||49%||4.3||7.1||5.7 (48th)||376 (62nd)||41st|
|2010||Washington||56%||4.7||6.6||5.5 (67th)||362 (76th)||63rd|
|2011||Washington||53%||4.4||8.2||6.2 (24th)||410 (38th)||24th|
|2012||Alabama||63%||5.6||9.3||7.0 (5th)||446 (31st)||5th|
|2013||Alabama||56%||5.8||8.8||7.2 (5th)||454 (33rd)||9th|
It should be noted that the Washington job was massive reclamation project after Ty Willingham cratered the Huskies to 0-12. The year before Nussmeier showed up the Huskies were 118th of 120 in total yardage at 263, and their other stats were basically the same. With Jake Locker, Nussmeier popped the Huskies up to average and when Keith Price took over in 2011 they were legit. The caveat there is that Steve Sarkisian, an offensive guy, was his head coach.
Then he was hired by Alabama and everything got very shiny indeed. However, it is Alabama, and make no mistake: Nussmeier was not some pirate coup with Alabama desperately defending as Michigan thrusted and parried. Alabama boards have been buzzing for weeks about who their new OC would be. Saban told Nussmeier to look around for a nice landing spot and Michigan provided one. For whatever reason, Nussmeier was just not process-y enough for Dear Robot.
Nussmeier's got a pretty good resume both as an OC and a QB coach, what with Smoker/Stanton/Bulger/Price/Locker/McCarron on his resume, and quickly climbed the ladder. He's got a good rep as a recruiter and at 43 is relatively young for a BCS offensive coordinator; his Washington offenses were spread/pro mish-mash amalgams and then he seemed to do just fine with Alabama's pro-style attack. It's possible Michigan was going to ride with Borges for another year before the rarest commodity of all appeared: a proven college offensive coordinator with pro-style genes.
Lemme, lemme upgrade you.
Webb said it perfectly: The Ideal Candidate
Brandon and Hoke clearly had the replacement locked-up before they fired Borges; this was handled perfectly, and they both deserve credit.
I feel like a kid that just got the perfect Christmas present that wasn't even on his list becuase he didn't believe he could get it.
OL coach? Is funk safe?
2014 IS GOING TO BE THE BEST YEAR EVER!
SUCK ON THIS NEWS, 2013!!!
Holy 2014 Batman!
Pretty much the best hire they could have gotten to stick with Hoke's offensive philosophy. Amazing turn of fortune.
Also..BRING YOUR OL COACH
AND GIF OVERLOAD
2014 I love you.
BRING THEM ALL ON!
Will be starting off podcasts with phone calls from Jim in Tuscaloosa saying, "but briiiiiannnn"
Will be starting off podcasts with phone calls from Jim in Tuscaloosa saying, "but briiiiiannnn"
the reason for your exile?
Effect on Hand???
Under Nussmeier's guidance, Bama set records for offensive touchdowns scored (68), total points (542), total offense (6,237) and passing touchdowns (31) in the 2012 season--his first with the Crimson Tide. Despite a rebuilt offensive line, Bama ranked No. 6 in the nation this season in yards per play (7.15) and were ranked third in the nation in that stat in games against ranked opponents (7.59).
Prior to coaching at Alabama, Nussmeier ran the offense at Washington and established himself as one of the sharpest offensive coordinators in the country. In 2011, even though UW had to replace a first-round pick at quarterback (Jake Locker), Nussmeier's offense scored 57 touchdowns and 434 points, the second-highest totals in school history (behind only the Huskies' 1991 national championship team). And in his three seasons at UW, his offenses got statistically better each year.
Wikipedia also confirms. How do they get the stuff up so quickly? Ten minutes ago, it said he was Alabama's OC.
"How do they get the stuff up so quickly?"
You know that Wikipedia is user-edited, right?
Their anger is just icing on the cake!!
EDIT: The second picture didn't show up well. I managed to take a pic of the wiki article. The first line temporarily read:
Upon hitting refresh it was corrected with the "Fatass" removed. 2014 should be a lot of fun! GO BLUE!
They WANT Lane Kiffin?
I can't WAIT for spring ball.
Morris and Speight, I know have to be FIRED UP!
This guy has coached NFL QBs and National Champions.
So did Al Borges...Just sayin'.
I know as fans it's hard for us to look at anything without some bias, but from the things I have read what the Bama fans are saying is legit, he was going to be canned from Bama. I remember the same sort of excitment with the GMATT hire, only to find out that Harbaugh didn't mind him leaving (you don't do that when you really value a person's contributions). Let's remember, it wasn't only the offense that underwhelmed people this year.
My point is this guy could be great for UM, but it is just as likely that we are looking at this through rose coloured glasses. Only time will tell and I surely hope that this is the answer to our problems, but those who think otherwise (the bama fans) could just as easily be right.
Nussmeier might have been on the way out. That doesn't make him a bad coach. It may mean he butted heads with Saban, or that Saban felt he needed a sacrifice to placate the highly demanding Alabama fan base. It may mean that Saban didn't agree philosophically with his approach and wanted to go in a different direction.
Assistant coaches tend to change jobs frequently. That's just how it is.
Mattison may have been on his way out the door at Baltimore, but so what? Look at the turnaround in the Michigan defense between 2010 and 2011. It's true they struggled this year, particularly at the end, but keep in mind that this defensive unit was very young, without a lot of talent on the defensive line and without its best player at full strength. I think it's a little early to give up on the man.
This isn't to say I see Nussmeier as the savior of the program. I think he's going to benefit from reversion to the mean next year. But he's young, he can recruit and I think he has a lot of potential upside (more so than Borges did).
"or that Saban felt he needed a sacrifice to placate the highly demanding Alabama fan base."
I agree. 2 straight losses, after all of their success, is a full on crisis at Alabama.
Blaming the second loss (at least) on the offense seemps pretty strange, though, doesn't it?
He seems like he could be a good coach, but I can't say it's a slam dunk. I'm not really sure there's enough information on him to judge. His offenses at Alabama held pretty steady from his predecessor and I'm tempted to just outright dismiss those years. Who wouldn't have success with all the talent they've been accumulating? Washington had a pretty similar performance after he left, if not outright better. Of course, being years 4 and 5 out of the Willingham mess couldn't hurt. And as Brian pointed out, he was operating under an offensive coach.
I don't know what we're getting with him. What is clear is that Sark and Saban both were impressed enough with him to hire him, so I take that as a good sign. But, I worry that either as a directive from Hoke or personal preference, he's going to come in and try and run Alabama's offense without Alabama's players. I'd prefer more of the Washington hybrid than straight up Alabama, at least with Gardner at QB. But we shall see. Either way, I think this is a better situation than continuing with Borges, and I think it will buy Hoke another year no matter what.
Even if you blame the 4 turnovers on Nussmeier, maybe supposedly one of the best defenses in the country shouldn't give up 4 touchdowns off those turnovers, no? Maybe one of the best defenses in the country doesn't give up 31 points in one half?
Also it's somewhat of an accomplishment that they got to 30 points even with all those turnovers.
But in Alabamaland, the defense is untouchable. IF they lose, surely it's the offense's fault, which means someone needs to go.
Historically, how has NMeier fared against UMeyer?
Great f'ing hire.
Does this foretell any recruiting flip(back)s?
Does Campbell come back?
Ricky Town who was considering looking at us when the Saban to Texas stuff was going on. 5 star 2015 QB.
I'll believe it when I see it, but if Brandon and Hoke can pull this one off, wow.
Jaw, I'm very happy to introduce you to Floor. I expect that you two will get to know eachother quite well in the coming seasons.
What a sexy pic. Hand probably does not blink an eye, but Campbell? Who knows?
I am glad I paid my PSD as I was considering sitting out a year or so.
GOD LOVES US!!!
It's not like Alabama's WR have lit the world on fire under him.
I can see why QBs, RBs and OL would be excited. Even TEs. But WRs would seem to be last other than just the general excitement and new direction of the offense.
Alabama didn't need to pass much either last year or this year. McCarron only had to throw for 300 yards twice during the regular season in 2013.
I wonder how MGrowOld is feeling about his decision to forgoe his (four!!) season tickets next year. Patience is a virtue.
If my boss brought someone in from the outside to review my work...like Lane Kiffin reviewing Alabama's offense with Saban. I'd find a new job too and tell my boss to fuck off on my way out!
This appears to be a great hire and Alabama can have Kiffin, he ran USC in to the ground.
I can't recall why exactly we are all supposed to hate Lane Kiffin. If not for the rampant child molestation in Penn State locker rooms, USC would have the harshest sanctions in the country. Kiffin lost his dream job under more duress than our current coach, who is allowed to keep his job because we have lower standards here.
It isn't that different from our staff under RR going out to meet w/ Stoops and the Oklahoma staff. Only difference is that it's Kiffin.