Reflects my feelings perfectly.
chance of bowl: 13.6%
Reflects my feelings perfectly.
M-Wolverine, thanks for being an ardent supporter of Hoke and backing it up with links. It is always easier to be a critic/pessimist, either you are always right or pleasantly surprised. Stay positive in the face of negativity. Victories and morale will improve. Go Blue.
My residual concerns: the players quoted as positive are Carr recruits (Stonum, Demens, Martin, Koger) or defensive players (Black). I want to see more positive input from Rodriguez's players, particularly on offense. If this is going to work out, the talent that we already have on offense will be key. I want it to work out.
Moreover, Steve Hutchinson is an offensive lineman. Brady Hoke, a DL coach, is the best coach he's ever had? Harsh on his OL coach, or dishonest?
Also, I know who Hoke is: Jeff Garlin from Curb Your Enthusiasm (uh, weirdly apt title?).
we didn't hire Miles or Harbaugh. If this guy is a players' coach, gets the kids through school, and competently runs the program, we can get OCs and DCs in here. Success at a real high level may not come all at once--and I have seriously questioned fans' demands for 10-win seasons annually, given our position. But I am ready to see what Hoke can do. . .
and desperate to get back to work!
Let's get this press conference over do I can just spend too much of the day on MGoBlog, not ALL of it, looking for news.
Thanks for the post. I'm in for Hoke. Lots of good there. I do worry about a few things though. First, while there's plenty to admire about the past, Michigan can't just return to the Carr era philosophies and expect to win championships.
It's clear that elements of the spread (in some version or another) are critical to winning in college. People were very critical of rr for installing his brand of offense in at Michigan without regard for the players on the field. Brady Hoke would be remiss to do the same. I hope he surrounds himself with good football coaches who can adapt to the personel on the field. The oc he's bringing sounds good, but he was the oc at auburn when Tommy tuberville was the coach. IIRC, it was their offensive ineptitude that got TT fired. I hope that was a fluke and this guy has an offense that can score points with the weapons that Michigan has currently in the arsenal.
Additionally, by all accounts, Hoke is a good recruiter. DB didn't do him any favors with this coaching search in terms of timing. However, if hoke can add to the current class with some solid talent, that would be huge in minimizing the time it takes for him to be successful here at Michigan. Again, surrounding himself with top coaches would be helpful, and keeping barwis and Jackson would probably be a good idea.
Hoke is our coach (the iPhone is finally not autocorrecting hoke, so it must be true). I think everyone wants him to win here. I wish there was more buzz around his hiring to help with recruiting. Currently that's my biggest worry, but i think if he can get top talent in the coordinator positions, it will help get everything off in a good direction.
But Auburn's offensive problems came when they went to spread and back in like one season. This OC had an undefeated season with Auburn. Really, Tuberville was a victim more of ongoing politics. I mean, in the end it worked out for Auburn, but they had a lot of good seasons it seemed like they were throwing away.
the spread is. Wisconsin seems to do oh with power foosball.
right right, the same wisconsin that just lost to a non AQ TCU team in the rose bowl who runs the spread offense, yes that wisconsin.
Thanks for all the background on BH. Even though his overall record isn't spectacular it sounds like he's got it together. Let's see what he can do at a once-elite program.
I like DB's quote, "I've always believed you never underestimate the power of someone who has something to prove." If he doesn't work out, life goes on, but he could turn out to be a big hit...just give him the support he needs!
Speaking of DB, he played us all didn't he? Sounds like he was laughing his "ass off" in some nice cozy office while we all thought he was traipsing around the country getting on his knees for the "popular" choices. Well played DB..well played. Do we all feel like fools?
I still think criticism of his "process" is valid. Not sure if we were going with Hoke why we didn't get him in awhile ago to recruit. But nothing we can do about it now. Though I don't have any problem with criticism of how our AD handled it all.
wow, so a coach that didn't ask about any details of the job and that would have been in ann arbor before the start of the second half of the bowl game was the #1 choice hired a week and a half after brandon had already made up his mind. you can smell that garbage at stanford, lsu, and back across the whole country.
Thanks! That's some good stuff there. I also found this article when I was on f 11 warriors reading what others around the B10 thought of the hire. It's an interesting read.
Glad the players are excited. Don't really care how Braylon "University of Lloyd Carr" feels, but it's great to hear that our current players are buying in already. I have no doubt that Hoke is a decent fellow and a decent coach. I still worry about our offense though.
But I would hope we'd keep Barwis.
The term "player's coach" had me a little uneasy to hear it because it just seems like such a negative thing at the NFL level, where you only ever seem to hear it. I then reminded myself that this isn't the NFL level and that Pete Carroll was always viewed as a "player's coach". Not that I expect that kind of results, but it shows it can work and be welcomed within a successful team.
I'm all in.
Gives us some hope especially for those who don't know him and hate the hire just because of the unwarranted negativity presented before this.