Every week now countless fans rant about Brady Hoke's responses after games and in pressers, but lost in those threads are the responses correcting them, and thus the message never seems to get through. So I thought I'd make a post to emphasize the following point:
We as fans have a long list of reasons to be frustrated with the state of the program and coaching staff, but Brady Hoke's comments to the media should not be on that list.
Most of you have read this before, but for some reason it doesn't seem to get through.
Hoke simply cannot throw Borges, Funk or his players under the bus.
Borges, Funk and some of his players have underperformed, but for the head coach to acknowledge this in any specific form beyond his bland "We need to execute better" retorts, would be tossing said coaches and/or players under the bus to some degree. Doing so would be counterproductive for Hoke's aspirations on three fronts:
(a) Drawing what little inspiration or drive remains from Borges and Funk and the players, given they'd likely mail it in themselves if alienated, thus further sabotaging what little hope there is on offense for the remainder of this season.
(b) Attracting decent replacement coordinators (assuming that is an option he is considering) because what coordinator would come work for a coach that didn't protect him.
(c) Recruiting because many players wouldn't appreciate a coach that didn't protect them to the media.
We're all frustrated and searching for answers to the debacle we've witnessed this season, and saw signs of last season (second half Nebraska/Ohio). But expecting those answers to come from Brady Hoke's pressers in the middle of the season is shortsighted.
Hoke's performance and that of his staff are fair game. But the answers we seek won't materialize until probably some time in early January when we can judge Hoke by his actions rather than words. He will either replace Borges and Funk which will answer many of our questions as to where his mind has actually been, or he will keep them on another year and live, but more likely die by the feint hope that a year's worth of recruits, weight training, practice reps and advancement in the program will right the offense's ship.