Maybe because of the rain?
Hoke with no headset?
Confidence in his coordinators, who wouldn't have it. He doesn't feel as though he has to micromanage the game.
what did you say to people when people are taking points away from you for what seems like a valid and most likely correct answer.
A headset is far more primitive than Hoke's finger and its infinite bandwidth.
He doesn't call the offense or the defense. He is a figurehead and a recruiter. And it looks like he is very good at his job.
So, really, he just stands there and watches like a guy in the tv section of circuit city.
He is a motivator and the face of the program and sets a tone for practice and what not. But yeah, on gameday he will be a big, wet, sexy cheerleader for the most part. That is also totally okay. He hired good guys to do the other parts (and he probably wouldn't be good at it anyway). It is also the one part of the job that his predecessor actually wasn't any good at.
PurpleStuff, you're definitely one of my favorite posters, but you calling Hoke a "Figurehead" is erroneous and a slap in the face to him. There are nomerous videos of him physically engaging with his players--shoving and getting shoved--showing that he cares about the nuances of the defensive line. Unbalance...maybe...but a figurehead...not in the least.
BRCE's "program manager" probably fits my definition better than "figurehead." It was definitely not meant as an insult.
Just explaining why he wouldn't want/need to have a headset and how it would have zero impact on the team if he chose not to wear one.
Finally we have an old school guy who respects tradition (and doesn't need a headset to coach :D )
but the shirt I wore yesterday had the iconic photo with "Bo with headset" on it. Every coach has their own method and style and we can appreciate all of them, assuming they are successful with it.
I understood what you meant, or was hoping I did, but using the word Figurehead means that the person is just there for appearance. The word comes from the figure that was carved out of wood on the head of a ship. And from a nautical perspective it was a very important and distinctive symbol of the ship, very important to the crew, but still was not considered anything human or part of the crew.
Hoke doesn't have a headset on because isn't directly calling the plays. Also headsets are heavy, and it would be very easy to grab one of the grad assistants with a headset if he wanted to get a message to Al about the offense. Greg is on the field, so talking to him about defense, if needed, would be pretty direct.
Now with that said, I do think Hoke is very aware that he is on TV and is trying to provide a specific image of who he is as a head coach. Exactly like Patton's "warface" which Patton practiced in the mirror every morning. The liveblog noticed right away that he also wasn't wearing a hat. So I defnitely understand if you were trying to make this statement with your use of Figurehead, but that word still has the wrong definition and connotation to be the best choice.
Of course your other metaphor of a big wet sexy cheerleader just made me think, "ewwwww" and I wished you had just stuck with Figurehead.
That over-simplifies things a bit. In terms of the offense, you're totally on point - Hoke doesn't really know what's going on, and to his credit he admits as much.
I think he's probably fairly on top of things on the defensive side of the ball, but he doesn't really need a headset to walk over and talk to Mattison.
Also, per newspaper reports he occasionally did put a headset on to chat with Gorgeous Al.
Bear used to rock a fedora, not a headset and he seemed to be a decent head coach.
seems more like JoePa's job.
I would consider him similair to Vito Corleone acting as Consigliare after he got shot
...seems more like JoePa's current title. Penn State has vastly underachieved the last few years. If you get a real coach there, you could see a FSU type resurgence: fast and potent
Lloyd didn't call the Offense or the Defense either. his headset kept him in touch with his staff in the booth.
I realize hoke doesn't call the O or the D. and Mattison is on the field...but it seems odd that hoke and borges wouldn't have a constant and direct line of communication during a game...
I don't care about the headset thing but why is he not pointing?
else find that ^^ slightly erotic?
Drinking too lol?
He's pointing with his mind.
I was going to say with his face. But UFR I think he's just staring at someone, ready to point as soon as they move, like a gunslinger at high noon.
It's more potent!
I think he is just trying to see through the downpour what to point at.
Hoke may be wet, but his points arrive dry at their destinations.
His pointing with his nose. This a very special point, used for very special occasions.
Why is it that D coordinators, unlike O coordinators, prefer to stay on the sideline?
Defense is more about emotion. You need the DC to be on the sidelines to hype the guys up. The OC can be a more remote type up in the box.
Is it weird that our coordinators are flirting with obesity?
Rather, our head coach and 0 coordinator.
you are flirting with idiocy?
You're flirting with poor spelling.
The return of Chet!...thought you got banhammered.
Except after C, and the word "weird". Weird...
As long as they are prepared with worrying about getting the team in a position to win rather than being on the treadmill I am fine with it.
It's a good night to drink.
Not all coaches wear them. Those who don't call the plays on offense often don't, though they'll have a headset available to chat with the coordinators before a key decision, like a 4th-down call.
Because this is Michigan!!!
I think everyone is over analyzing this.
You're probably right.
I kind of really want those sunglasses now.
He can't hear football if he's wearing headphones.
Love this comment.
This comment is the poster child for the need of an "AWESWOME" moderation choice.
i noticed this too back when he was at san diego state. i guess he doesn't need it...after all he is the incredible hoke
he was wearing one at the beginning of the game I thought.
Pointing w/ precise intent is more efficient.
I really, really don't think the fedora is Brady's style.
That would look only slightly less out of place than a wave cap on Bielema.
Brady Hoke is head coach, not THE coach. It pays to have a good staff, right?
I was surprised he wasn't wearing his sunglasses during the storm. Gotta keep those tan lines.
He doesn't wear them all the time because he trusts the guys that work for him and make the calls. Took them on and off probably to discuss choices that the coaches were making. Frankly it is a breath of fresh air not to see someone micro managing their coordinators on the side line. Now if he can get better kickoff coverage that would really help!
At half-time, with the rain approaching, he had a chip implanted into his head that allowed him to communicate without the need for an actual headset...geez, was that so hard to figure out...
the beginning of the game but then dropped it when it started raining. Nuff said.
Michigan won handily. They didn't have to show very much for ND next week. Other than the first-half struggles, I don't think we could have asked for a better outcome.
I really don't understand quite what the OP is looking for here. If Brady Hoke doesn't feel he needs the headset all of the time, and the team is winning, it would probably be wise to trust his judgment.
I trust Hoke to know what he's doing. I am curious if what he does during the game goes roughly like this...
Provide overall direction, such as "A little more pressure on that kid, Greg". "Try running a bit more to the right, Al"
Then sits back without the headset and is just as much a spectator on a play by play basis as we are, with the added benefit of getting to slap helmets and chew ass ass needed from the players.
probably didn't want to electroshock his head in a thunderstorm...our coach is smart
Hahahah this is michigan
It's just a different style, not any better or worse than a coach who wears a headset the whole game. I also don't see a coach who wears a headset as a micromanager at all, it's just their style. If it were about micromanagment then 95% or college and pro coaches would be guilty. I think some of those comments are thinly veiled shots at the previous coach at Michigan who wore a headset, like the three coaches before him.
I looked at Google images of him and found a bunch of photos of him in the past wearing headsets so maybe he had some reason not to wear one most of the time. He may have been trying to get a feel for the teams attitude and intensity in their first game. It's probably hard to do when you have a headset on and people talking in your ear.
Again, just his style. Different isn't wrong or right, it's just different and it's also just 3 quarters of football so far.
On gameday Hoke is Beyonce right now. I figure he takes over defensive play calling once Mattison retires (or at least a more active role). Until then the defense is Mattison's baby and Borges is on the sideline so Hoke doesn't need a headset to talk to him.
You've got that backwards. Gorgeous Al Borges was in the booth and Mattison had a yellow ball cap on while making his presence known on the sideline.
I think his head may be too big.
I am not sure if this is the reason, but before the game I walked by an employee with a radio and over heard Hoke saying the radio equiptment was acting up. Not sure if it has anything to do with him not wearing a headset. I know I thought to myself oh boy, I hope this doesnt affect the game.
I'd rather him not wear one than be jim caldwell who doesn't need to wear one at all
I'd rather him not wear one than be jim caldwell who doesn't need to wear one at all
He had a headset at the beginning of the game.