August 28th, 2013 at 11:23 PM ^

I think the headline only asks half the question.  I'd argue that no huddle coupled with scripted plays/not giving the QB a lot of options to audible does reflect sizable coaching ego.  Cubit also has a bit of a point about coaches doing it purely for stats.  If you're a coach under fire or a less talented coach (Cubit would play many of them in his career) you might do it not for ego, but simply because you a want a stat that will get you noticed, save your job.  Assuming you can't get the wins for whatever reason, a valid fallback is to try to excel on one side of the ball that gives you a bargaining chip come the offseason and the coaching carousel (something to the tune of "Hey, I'm an offensively minded coach and my offense kicks ass, I just need money for a new DC, don't fire me Mr. Athletic Director!").    


August 31st, 2013 at 12:17 PM ^

intimidating the other team, getting them back on their heels and pummeling them without mercy.  It's about scoring fast and often and running up big leads.  It's about coaching attitude, more than ego.  Michigan has never had a coach with the attitude to run a hurry-up, and Hoke certainly isn't such a coach.  I worry that he's too much like Carr in that he wants to be the nice guy who wins but never embarrasses his opponent if he can help it.