"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
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- I'm not talking about a "PR move." I'm talking about a cultural fit, and was curious to see how people would react to a coach openly praising God in the locker room.
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|2 days 14 hours ago||Thanks||
I appreciate the addition. There is some great stuff here.
I see Claeys a bit differently.
First, I think as a coordinator, you can't give him the same score you give the HC--he doesn't have control of a program. Claeys is more of a "B" the way I've been grading. He's had success everywhere, but not as a HC and is just now playing with the big boys.
Second, on Michigan ties, he's probably more like a "B" on my scale. Some solid ties to the area, but none to the school.
Recruiting is closer to a C/C+. Claeys did not recruit Hageman or Vereen. His coaching is clearly pretty good, but he didn't recruit them. Minnesota is doing a little better on the recruiting trail now, and he deserves some credit, but he hasn't shown that he's a great recruiter at this point in his career.
I think a C/C+ is about right for Claeys on Chances/Loyalty. If he wants to be a HC and is offered the Michigan job, he would have to take it. Kill, if he's the man of honor I believe he is, would actually tell him to take the job. And I think he would stay awhile. But does he want the job? Does he want to leave Kill? I'm not sure.
"Demeanor" is about how the coach carries himself, how well he presents, and if he appears to be a good motivator. Claeys would rate as a "C" here, as his folksy chub is strikingly similar to Hoke...I don't think fans would like that one bit. He clearly gets the most from his players, though.
Three Phases is probably correct at a B--which would be very high for a strictly defensive guy, but Claeys has operated as HC on a few occasions, and deserves credit for that.
Roster Fit is most definitely an "A", although he'd prefer a QB who can run, I think.
Overall, he's closer to a 2.81 (B-), and that's being a bit generous. I do not have ANY interest in him as a HC at this point in his career. I'd like to see him have success running a program first.
|3 days 8 hours ago||FALSE||
I know you said it's your opinion, but last year the staff probably substituted TOO much. Every position on defense rotated like crazy--even the secondary--and the O-Line was a revolving door. We never established a RB. Other than DG, Gallon, and Funchess, the line-up was in a constant state of flux.
These guys aren't afraid to substitute. You still see it on the D-Line, and some in the secondary. They've rotated LB less this year, but that's just about it.
|3 days 14 hours ago||You forgot one measure||
Success of the football program.
But here are a few others, and they are at least somewhat measurable:
If these aren't part of the AD's evaluation checklist, there's a problem.
|3 days 16 hours ago||FWIW||
Our offense is #67 in oFEI and #48 in oS&P.
This would suggest that our offense is actually mediocre, not awful.
It would also suggest that S&P is WAY better than FEI, amirite?
|3 days 20 hours ago||Good stuff, Brian||
Thanks for the post--great stuff.
While revenue is an important measure of an AD's success (money matters, whether we like that or not) it's pretty damning that Brandon's success in that department is just okay. Given the messes he's created elsewhere, I'd say it's time for Dave to go.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Recruiting||
Herman gets the best grade I would give a coordinator. He's a great recruiter by reputation, but would he be as good without Urban Meyer behind him? We don't really know. He wasn't pulling in 5-star players at Iowa State.
An "A" grade is reserved for HCs that have proven to be the best in the country.
|4 days 16 hours ago||You know what assuming does...||
|4 days 16 hours ago||Yes||
But he has also admitted a desire to be a HC.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Hope you're right, mostly||
I would not support the Les Miles hire, even if he won lots of games. I do not trust him.
Harbaughs or Mullen are basically the best-case scenarios. I think they are possible, but I'm not betting the house we get one of them.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Thanks||
Did not know that. Thanks for the info. That does certainly give him stronger ties to the area.
|4 days 17 hours ago||No||
I think Bielma has the job he wants: an SEC team he can turn around.
|4 days 17 hours ago||AGREE||
I wholeheartedly agree.
The issue here, however, is not that he's religious, but that he's asking his players to join him in his faith. He tells them God blessed them, and tells them to give the glory to God.
Being religious is one thing. Telling your team they won because God blessed them is another.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Bud Foster||
Should we be considering this guy for our CC? The way he used the double-eagle front against Ohio State was awesome. That was an RPS win, for sure.
|4 days 18 hours ago||THIS||
I did not think it was possible to like Denard more, but that story is amazing. He deserves all of the success he has had, and more.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Yes||
|4 days 18 hours ago||Video of full speech|
|4 days 20 hours ago||Hip Hip!||
|4 days 21 hours ago||Just one factor||
Roster fit needs to be included because fans are impatient. If it takes a new coach four or five years to build the roster he needs to be successful, chances are good that he won't be coaching the team by the time his players are developed enough to win.
While I agree that we should find the best coach--regardless of how his philosophy fits the roster--the reality of college football today is that success is demanded in a short period of time, and being able to have success with the existing roster is a must.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Hope||
Is my current strategy.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Hoke and Brandon||
If they both stay, I think we'll see more heads on the staff roll. Possible casualties:
I also believe it is possible, if not likely, that Nussmeier leaves. I don't think he'll be fired, though.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Ace||
I think his team would be winning the Draftaggedon thing at this point.
This was a great post, Seth. Thanks for some reading material during the bye week. I've been hoping to hear about Brandon's pink slip for two days, and I'm afraid we've missed our window. He might be safe after all...
|5 days 17 hours ago||#53||
That is about right; there may be 52 better teams in the country right now.
Hard to believe Penn State is ahead of us. It's actually pretty damning that we're so low with the talent we have.
What's surprised is that our OFEI is not as bad as expected--we are 67 there. But our DFEI? Yeah, we're #50(!). We're even better in S&P - 48th on offense and 23rd on defense (ahead of FSU, Wisconsin, and Ohio State).
What we thought we be good is just okay; what we think is terrible is just worse than mediocre.
Yay, I guess?
|5 days 19 hours ago||Last of the HCs||
A look at the remaining HCs I'll be covering, unless a new name pops up. Dave Doeren has eliminated himself.
Next up will be coordinators and fringe candidates.
|5 days 22 hours ago||I don't disagree||
Here is a good way to say this: I believe Schiano would be an upgrade over Hoke. I do NOT believe that Schiano is an elite coach, and I don't think he's the best man for the job.
But the best man for the job may not take it, and I think Schiano could be a very good coach for Michigan. I don't WANT Schiano. I would be okay with Schiano.
I'm not just grading coaches I want. I'm grading the possibilities.
This post was NOT an endorsement of Greg Schiano. He's probably about 10th on my list; but I wouldn't throw a tantrum if we ended-up with him.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Schiano.||
As I said, I don't view Schiano as a homerun by any stretch of the imagination, but he did pretty darn well at a school that has some serious issues.
While his start at Rutgers was awful (a school that hadn't had a winning record since 1992), his last six years he was 49-28. Hoke never had sustained success like that, and the Big East, while bad, is better than the competition Hoke faced. Schiano coached in the NFL for three years. He was also a DC at Miami (YTM) and coordianted the #12 and #7 defenses in the country in his two years there--and he achieved the #7 defense playing the 12th-toughest schedule in the country.
And let me ask you this question: Can you imagine Bill Belichick asking Brady Hoke for advice? What about Urban Meyer? Schiano has worked with both the Patriots and Ohio this off-season, and is widely regarded as a defensive guru. He has a clear defensive system and a sharp football mind. He is highly demanding of his players.
Again, I don't think anyone would mistake Schiano for Jim Harbaugh, but he's a guy who seems to fit Michigan's culture and is very, very different from Brady Hoke in virtually every way. Brady Hoke is delegator, Schiano is a micro-manager. Hoke is a rah-rah position coach, Schiano is a detail-oriented coordinator. Hoke is patient with development, Schiano is highly demanding RIGHT NOW.
I'm not going to tell you that you should like Schiano, and I'm certainly not going to guarantee that he's a success at Michigan. But he's nothing like Brady Hoke.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Geography||
Yeah, to me, these are the states in the South (culturlaly):
Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri (most of state), Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia (some of state), West Virginia.
But geographically, Kentucky is just south of Indiana and Ohio...hardly south. In the summer, Kentucky averages a datime temperature of about 87 degrees. 23 degrees in the winter. Does that sound like the south to you?
Just having fun, though--Kentucky is DEFINITELY in the "South"
|6 days 20 hours ago||Short answer: Because people||
Short answer: Because people want to hear about them.
Longer answer: While significant HC experience seems like a prerequisite to us, the fact is that you just never know. A guy with loads of coordinator experience could knock the AD's socks off in an interview, and who even know who our AD will be?
I'm leading with the guys with HC experience, and Stoops popped in early because he's been hot.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Good stuff||
I like it, though I agree that some of the metrics seem to be overweighted. Still, a great place to go for a quick quantitative look at each guy.
I'll keep doing my write-ups to compliment yours.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not MSU. That is asking for||
Not MSU. That is asking for trouble.
I would guess Northwestern.
|1 week 2 days ago||Mostly fine||
I appreciate the well-thought-out piece, but believe you're building strawmen with your arguments and that you really get to the meat of it here:
First, the players do deserve our support, because they bust their butts for Michigan every day. As many have noted, this does NOT look like a team that has given-up--it looks like a team that is disorganized. That falls on the coaches and AD, not the players.
Seth's post this morning was right on: players feed off of crowd energy. This is why winning on the road in college football is hard.
An organized petition by season-ticket and box holders in the off-season to boycott makes some serious sense: it sends a message right to the wallet, which even Brandon would have to listen to. But a mid-season cadre of folks not sitting in their seats won't communicate anything to a group of people who have demonstrated they won't listen to what they don't want to hear. The tickets are already bought and paid for, and the few scraps that remain are financially insignificant. What I'm saying is that I believe your premise is vastly flawed: a handful--or even a fistful--of empty seats won't send a message to Brandon or the university. Showing up and chanting fire Brandon will.
Going to the game wearing a "Fire Brandon" shirt, getting "Fire Brandon" cheers going during the game every now and then, and actually showing up and showing displeasure will communicate MUCH more loudly to the power that be: the President and Regents. If you're not there, they don't know why you're not there. If you're there and tell them why you won't come back if they don't change things, that seems MUCH more effective to me.
I was once an LA Clippers season ticket holder (2002-2003 season). I went to 41 of 43 (including preseason) games in a season that saw the Clippers go 27-55. In late January, I went to the game with buddies and, as the game was finishing, we all put on the traditional paper bag masks with "FIRE GENTRY" emblazened on both sides. We were on the news that night. Gentry got fired in early March. I'm not saying our paper bags did the job--but what I will say is that Staples Center was mostly empty all season, and no one would have noticed if we stopped showing up. Almost everyone noticed our stunt. And yes, after the season was over, we sent another message by not renewing our season tickets, as did many others, and that had an even bigger impact on the Clips.
It's also an unfortuante fact that people will complain just to complalin; if you demonstrate that you do indeed support the university and players by showing-up, your displeasure registers with other people who love and support the university. Perhaps the best shirt would read: "Go BLUE! Fire Brandon!"
But like you said, it's America, man. Do what you want.