I want to call him The Loch Nuss Monster (aka Nussy).
Meet Doug Nussmeier
I believe we could dub the land inside the endzones "Nussopotamia."
Ashurbanipal says his haircut makes him look like a Mahenjo-daroan.
What are these "endzones" you speak of?
Ask Tyler Lockett.
Well "Nuss" is "nut" in German, so maybe you can work with that...
Nah... "Nutland" doesn't roll off your tongue like "Nussopotamia." Bad connotation as well.
Okay, so "DEEZ NUSS"?
One of my favorite albums ever.
at some point I will kill you
So, if you had a pair of Coach Nuss on your chin would those be called "Chin Nuss"?
Lets stay away from anything associated with Ohio (nut). That's their mascot, a nut. Frieghtening.
As in other countries, many German family names derive from a vocation: "Schmidt" (blacksmith) "Bauer" (farmer) and so on. Although "Nuss" in German does in fact mean "nut," and "Meier" can separately translate as a "manager" or "foreman," some dictionaries translate "Nussmeier" as "dairy farmer," which is probably as good a translation into English as any.
In any event, let's hope coach Nussmeier "milks" maximum effort from his new O-herd. Go Blue!
The first few times I heard "Nussmeier," my mind went to "Neidermeyer" in Animal House.
"Meier" comes from an older German word meaning "superior", I believe, so there is that portion to consider.
For general consumption in this thread, Alex Scarborough - a contributor to ESPN's SEC blog - wrote something of a send-off for Nussmeier (HERE). As you might expect, the entry here is both complimentary and critical, but it does suggest the paths that Saban could take moving forward, if anyone is interested in how Alabama may respond.
That's it. "Superior (to) Nut" == BEAT OSU!
THE NUSS BUS!
We've gone from Gorgeous Borges to Dougie Fresh.
And I'm more than okay with that.
So, Dave Brandon did it all for the nussy, the nussy, so you can take that cookie....
"They've got an answer for everything that you do.." Meaning he makes adjustments, in game adjustments. Music to my ears. Can't wait to see how each offensive group develops under his watch.
I specifically included that bit as well as the no huddle tempo quote, as I figured those would be soothing arrangements of words for Michigan fans.
The one thing that worries me a bit is that he was mentioned as a candidate for the Washington job, the USC job, the Southern Miss job, all as an HC. That tells me that either he will not be here for long, or Hoke will not be here for long.
If he's not here for long & becomes a HC, that'd be amazing. Borges was mentioned as a possible HC when his offense was being productive; that's the nature of the beast.
that is Borges? Now that was cruel.
I think its a forgone conclusion this guy will not be here more than 2 years. Thats totally fine, and I'm sure Hoke and Co know this and will be in contact with replacements the whole time. If he comes in and turns the offense around and leaves for a HC gig I have no problem. If he doesn't, and Hoke is gone, well we are pretty much in the same place as we expected with Borges.
You had me at former Bama coach. I wouldn't be shocked if this guy moves along in the next couple of years, but I'll happily take it. With a guy like this watching over the offense, there's no reason it can't start putting up some points.
And fergodsakes, let him bring in a QB coach and get someone who can fix that OL.
Himself. I'd expect he will continue to act as OC/QB coach since that's what he has done in the past. He is something of a QB guru so this should be a good thing.
Deshawn Hand, too?
Guess you were right. Makes sense because he held both roles at Bama.
For the most part, you don't see long term oc's and dc's much anymore. So I don't think him being here more than a couple years is vital.
A response in the interview with "well...you know..."
Now we know why hoke hired him!
Cuz I thought the same thing.
Wasn't worried when MGoBlog crashed twice yesterday - knew Nussmeier would rebuild it.
Throw out the Borges model and get the new improved Nussmeier model?
j/k I know the server was upgraded. I knew something big must be happening when I couldn't get to the site.
What does he think about bubble screens and... Dennis Norfleet?
that Nuss was asked by Saban to look around for work. Why would Saban get rid of such a (by all reports) up and coming OC and coach?
Saban would get rid of his mother if he thought someone else baked better pies.
Word on the street is that he was sleeping with Gary Moeller's wife.
To say Saban has an ego would be an understatement. He may have known of Nuss's desire for a better position and just wanted him out because he didn't want to deal with distractions or competition in his ranks.
Saban makes Donald Trump appear to be humble.
Everyone is missing the real reason Saban pushed Nuss out the door and is getting Kiffin to replace him.... There are NCAA violations in the near future and Saban needs Kiffin to fall on the sword! Now Kiffin is so dumb he doesn't see it coming, but Saban knows Mr Kiffin has a history of Violating NCAA rules so when the sanctions come out he fires Kiffin and blames it all on Kiffin, so now the NCAA goes easy on Bama and slaps them on the wrist. Saban goes and hires another OC.
Wow, that is quite a conspiracy theory you have there! I bet you have lots of neat ideas about Bengazi and 9/11!
Saban's a notorious grouch and runs his shop his way or the highway. I agree that if everything were hunky-dory in the Alabama offense, we probably wouldn't have Nussmeier available to us, but Saban is also the sort to have a much itchier trigger finger if he doesn't like something.
Nuss was actually greyshirted. Saban called him into his office to say that his contract was actually an uncommittable offer.
You will recall when Saban took the LSU job, not a single assistant from MSU would go with him. That speaks volumes as to Saban's managerial/people skills.
The ESPN article linked above suggests that Saban is looking to transfer to a more uptempo spread offense and didn't feel like Nussmeier was going to fit that bill. Additionally, they hired Kiffin as a consultant in December after he got fired by USC and it sounds like Saban kind of fell in love with him, so it might have just been a new shiny versus known commodity kind of thing.
You can't really argue with his results either at Alabama or Washington.
Thanks for posting all of this, made my morning pre-work ritual that much better.
Narduzzi just pooped em a little when he saw the hire.
MSU shut down everyone they played, including OSU. One OC hire isn't going to scare them until we acutally prove something on the field. I'm sure they are disappointed they might have to actually work harder against us now though.
Ohio actually ran for a ton of yards on them. MSU got a clutch 4th-down stop to save the day.
O let do it, Nuss!
and my kids just went back to school for the first time since December 19th??? How can I top this morning????!!!!
Lapdance from Kate Upton?
I was led to believe by certain mouth-breathers around here that Kate Upton is "not that hot."
If she's hot to you, she's hot.
At my age, I don't go by the standard 1-10 scale, but by the binary code. She's either a 1 or a 0. And Kate is most certainly a 1.
I'll pass on the KU lapdance. I'll pass it on to you. How does that sound?
OMG! I have been so happy since we got the call that school is on (isn't that crazy that they had to call to tell us that we are having school?) and a great new hire! So glad I can hang out here today without all the interruptions.
Any chance he brings Tyler Lutua (sp?) back into the fold? He had some interest in Michigan earlier this year.
about Kate Upton?
I still can't believe that Saban would prefer Kiffin over this guy. By all accounts they are both good coordinators and recruiters, but Nuss seems to come without all the baggage that Kiffin brings.
Perhaps Saban is losing his touch. It wasn't his offense that kept him out of the championship game... his defense against Auburn was atrocious (actually, their defense against any team with a pulse was pretty bad - A&M put up 42 points on them, Auburn 34, and OU 45), as was their special teams.
Kiffin has more recruiting mojo in SEC territory, luckily for us Nussy will have better ties in our region than he did down SOUF.
When Kiffin was at Tennessee his recruiting was veeeeerrrryy shady. He was using certain coed to go to high schools to "cheer" for top recruits.
You're right, he can put that Auburn loss squarely on the shoulders of his special teams. Let's hope it's his loss, our gain. And aren't these rumors that he was trying to get rid of Nuss just that, rumors?
Goes directly on Saban's shoulders as the guy who stubbornly went for it on 4th and 1 from the Auburn 13, instead of kicking a field goal with five minutes left. His team would have went up by 10. Much better odds against a running team, even if you've been gashed all day.
I think this move is what makes him even more of an ass. His D gets gashed up by multip opponents, is solely responsible for the loss to UA yet it appears that he pushes Nussmeier out, possibly in favor of a guy that makes Yakety Sax play in my head whenever he is mentioned. If Kiffin does go down there, things will be interesting to say the least; especially with two egos that size there.
Is anyone else very encouraged by this hire?
Welcome to the team, Doug Nussmeier!
Nope. Judging by the posts on this board...no one else is encouraged. Sorry.
I think one of the best parts of Nuss being here is he brings perspective from a perennial winner. He's literally been at the top of the mountain at Bama. I hope he can bring certain changes that might be missing, based on his experience with Saban. Let's face it, they know what they're doing down there.
Was about him basically being a head coach or ready to be. That's perfect. We need a head coach of the offense. I've said this before, Hoke needs an offensive head coach like Rich Rod will forever need a defensive head coach. Which is fine for both guys...but both will struggle if they don't have some strong leadership on the "other" side of the ball. Borges seemed like a nice guy but I never felt like it was his program outside of the QB position. It sounds like Nuss is the complete package.
It's Business Time!!! Time to get down to business and fix our horribly crippled offensive running attack. I hope Hoke let's him fill his own offensive coaching positions, especially at OL. Funk needs to pack up and go, son.
Good lord this a fucking win.
Watched a decent amount of Alabama this year. In his two seasons there, the ONLY criticism you can make is the OL's pass proection against OU in the Sugar Bowl.
The loss to Auburn is 100% on the kicking game.
They won every other game, and did so with 'record breaking' offense at Alabama.
This is just an amazing hire. Kudos to Brandon and Hoke.
I don't mean to brag, but it's happening you guys. Especially if Franklin flips from Vandy to Penn State.
We planted the seed you guys. Bielema is in the SEC. Now we just have to keep the pressure on them. Right now the model for coaching career path looks like this...
MAC > B1G > Fired
That isn't helping us at all. Now OSU has the right idea. I know. Crazy right? He got the SEC coach to come to the B1G. Now Bielema was the most recent, but remember, Saban came from the B1G too. We just have to convince them to take all our coaches, and turn the model into this...
MAC > B1G > SEC
So while the two B1G coaches currently in the SEC run rampant through the conferece, some very great college coaches are being made to look bad. So while we start filling in the SEC with the next great coach from the B1G (but really the MAC), we come in and swoop up all the actually talented coaches being fired for no reason from the SEC. The Model will look like this....
MAC > B1G <>SEC
And so the SEC ends up with MAC Coaches and the B1G ends up with SEC Coaches.
TL;DR: Watch out SEC, y'all about to be MACtion'd.
Alright. So we are all excited. For those that think Nuss is a bad/meh/questionabale hire, I would like to see those opinions and why. I do not know much about the guy and most of the excitement is due to the fact that Borges is out (not necessarily who is in). Post what some of his coaching weaknesses and deficiencies may be so we can get the full picture on this guy. Thanks
It'll be a hell of a recruiting tool for us when he tells kids, "I left ALABAMA to come to Michigan."
He's clearly on the rise. I hope someone doesn't see him after next season and offer him a boatload of cash and a HC job. Stay for a few season please Nuss
That means we're successful.
I'd rather win NC's and have our assistants get picked off for better jobs than get trained in the chicken wing bowl.
If you want a young and upcoming coach to be a coordinator, be prepared to replace them every couple years. This is not a bad thing, they get to work for a HC who is seems to be hands off, and they have access to top rated athletes, which, if they are successful, will be a stepping stone on their career path. This helps develop that coaching tree that might eventually bring back the next HC.
Is is possible that Nussmeier becomes the "head coach in waiting" (a la Jimbo Fisher @ FSU) at UM?
He's relatively young, head coaching material and an awesome recruiter. It would suck to lose him, to another school, in 3-5 years.
Hoke isn't that old and if he gets the ball rolling, it's his job for another 10 years or so I would imagine. Hoke is in his early 50's isn't he?
Hoke still has 5-10 years probably if you are doing the in waiting thing and waiting for him to retire. I don't think Nuss would want to wait until he is 50 to become as HC.
he gets some good assistant coaches, one of whom can take his job seamlessly. Otherwise, if he does a good job and we are a top program again, we will have no trouble finding a great replacement. Success breeds success I hear.
Is there any reason for pause here? Perusing some of the Bama websites, they don't seem too upset that he's gone, citing a lack of offensive identity and predictability given the talent level. We are all obviously very excited, but is there any reason for concern as well? Curious to hear your thoughts.
They gave up 34 points to Auburn and 45 to Oklahoma and blame the OC for not holding onto the ball for long enough. I guess they don't realize that Auburn can score in 30 seconds with their O. Bama didn't even have a turnover against auburn.
Fans are a bit....errr.....emotional, and I believe they are still freaked out that they lost 2 in a row, so they are ready for change. I wonder when Alabama last lost 2 in a row??!!
lost to Auburn, lost to Utah in the Sugar Bowl. Then went 14-0 the next year starting their 5 year run.
It was Florida, Not Auburn.
2008. 12-0 then lost to Florida in the SEC title game and Utah in, I believe, the Sugar Bowl.
It's part of the mindset. Any time a coach leaves or a recruit chooses another school, that fan base pacifies itself by claiming they're better off without them. If Saban left Bama, there'd be a faction that says "good riddance".
Michigan players better not show up to practice with pledge pins on their uniforms.
This seems like a great hire. I guess I don't understand why Alabama would let him go assuming they wanted to keep him and and also assuming they had the money to do so, which I figure they probably do.
and haven't seen it, but does anyone know if Nussmeier has ANY ties to the state of Michigan? Not that it matters really, just curious.
The only thing I can find is that he played for John L. Smith at Idaho.
He was a QB coach at MSU under John L.
I couldn't see anything to the university, so I was curious to see about the state in general. Again, only curiosity.
What's really going to knock our socks off is when he inevitably says that Brady Hoke is the best head coach he's ever worked for.
Christi, his wife
for Hoke it will only solidify Hoke's job. He was not brought in to replace Hoke UNLESS Hoke has personal issues we are not aware like health.
Nussmeier took the job because will be well paid and is postioning himself to become HC in the B1G. There are almost yearly openings of B1G HC's.
Love the hire because he brings in the culture it takes to be a NC.
to the days of Lloyd ball. My take on the evolution of Michigan offensive football is a bit different than others. When Bo coached, Michigan never played an offense that was meant to remain a static part of the coach's legacy. He changed with the times. And during his time, you ran the ball to fatigue defenses and break their will in the trenches.
I mean if you think of what Michigan ran under Bo as compared to the 1947-1948 teams, they were night and day in some respects. That earlier period was definite more in line with the Three and Out RR era. Bo was flexible offensively. He let his OC run the offense with the principles of power behind it. So, Michigan had guys who could run and pass and weren't strictly dropback and Michigan won with qbs who made plays and were pure pocket passers.
As the Moeller and Carr eras emerged, Michigan's offense became pro-set oriented. It was the offense that Hoke was raised on as a Carr assistant, where he saw the likes of Griese, Brady and Henson who broke the mold and caused controversy before the offense settled back to balanced running and passing from the pocket with Navarre and Henne.
And then came the speread. And the spread undid Michigan in Evanston one memorable Saturday in one of the highest scoring games ever. And it signaled the kind of change that has always overtaken the college game when somebody came up with a better idea to move the ball and score against fast, more talented, overly-aggressive defenses.
Now, uptempo, no huddle offenses have given the spread its next dimensional view. Playing fast, running more plays, taking advantage of the college clock, beats huddling up after each down to go over silent snap counts and calls you will likely change at the LOS anyway. The 90's and 2000's are ancient history.
We are all products of our own experience and what we believe best works and how we adopt changes in thinking and philosophy about what's best depends on our point of view, because as the game has demonstrated over time, there is no one or best way to play or win. Many styles work if they are run righ with great execution and will to win.
We saw Alabama under Nussmeier's controlling influence run roughshod over Michigan at Jerry's House in Dallas more than a year ago. He did it with a pounding run game, which Michigan used to employ under Lloyd Carr when Hoke was on his staff. Their offense looked old school Michigan to me that night. Not fancy, not newfangled spread. Just rough and tough and in your face and able to make plays to move the ball and score at will with great talent and precision.
I don't think we are going to see a revolution. I think we are going to see what's old renewed again under this guy. I hope you like it.
This word will be used frequently on this blog I fear.