I have not read all of the million threads criticizing our coaches, defending our coaches, analyzing our depth chart and generally offering thoughts on the state of this team, but I have skimmed at least a few. I will try not to be too repetative, although I doubt I will succeed. Some general thoughts on our coaches after 2 seasons:
1. I still believe that Hoke is the right guy for us. Most importantly, he seems to have instilled a sense of "we are Michigan" that seemed to be lacking. Call it fit, whatever, he does seem to get it and I think that over time, this will help return us to our former glory. He also seems to get that the game starts in the trenches, and is appropriately loading up with quality big bodies in both.
2. Clock management - whomever is running our 2-minute drill needs to go back to coaching 101. There have been numerous times this season that we looked lost or failed to even attempt a score. This happened again in the first half, but DEnard's great run and OSU's crap tackling saved us.
3. Borges - I am not yet ready to call for his head. THat said, he has been terrible this year and last. His game plan for big games is pathetic. ALso, complete inability to adjust. Why not call for his head? Because these players do not fit the system that he knows well. If he still has the same problem next year, he needs to go. Next year, Devin will be able to run the pro=style with a group of Hoke-recruited OL.
4. REcruiting - we are doing great. And loading up the lines. But, I am concerned about hoke's inability to land premier skill position players (other than Morris). We keep striking out at WR and RB and it is going to continue to hurt us. What's the issue here? Is Hoke's no-nonsense style less suited for coddling bigger ego guys?
5. Mattison - he is amazing. Nuff said. We lack so much athleticism on his side of the ball, and his results are still great.