January 8th, 2014 at 11:17 PM ^

People really are too hard on Brandon. Bag on him for piped in music, prices, and so on all you (ok, we) want, that's legit. But the people who were calling him a buffoon who "couldn't see" what was wrong with the FB program were just being ignorant.

Brandon is a smart businessman. And part of his business skill is the ability to not reveal all of his cards or his thoughts before he is ready to make a move.

All of these moves have probably been in the works for some time. But by keeping things quiet Michigan avoids the sailboat soap opera, and by not hanging Borges out to dry early they show future coordinators that they are a well-run and supportive organization.

I'm not totally sold on the actual hire, but this was superbly executed.

Gripe about the money. But don't say that DB doesn't go all out to produce winners.

Blue Bunny Friday

January 9th, 2014 at 7:58 PM ^

Not sure why you go out of your way to defend this man.   

"Bag on him for piped in music, prices, and..." GA, weddings in M stadium, overselling the basketball student tickets, not valuing loyalty, effing up the RR firing, hiring far from a sure thing, Kraft noodle, seat cushions, water in the stadium, "...and so on"

It really doesn't seem like he was doing anything remarkable before coming to AA.  Some people are in charge of things because they are. 

"...part of his business skill is the ability to not reveal all of his cards or his thoughts before he is ready to make a move."

You're giving him too much credit here.  You really think he didn't expect to get Harbaugh when he decided to make that other coaching change? 

I'm happy about this hire and letting Borges go.  I just don't want to give too much credit to a guy that has a really poor track record.


January 8th, 2014 at 9:56 PM ^

After coaching the quarterbacks for the BC Lions in 2001, he became the quarterbacks coach and de facto offensive coordinator of the Ottawa Renegades in 2002. He was the quarterbacks coach for John L. Smith, his college head coach, at Michigan State for three seasons (2003-05) before moving on to the NFL,[3] where he was the quarterbacks coach under head coach Scott Linehan for the St. Louis Rams for two seasons (200607). He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno State for a season in 2008, then was hired in the same capacity at Washington in in Seattle in early 2009. His annual salary at UW was just under $300,000.[4]

On January 18, 2012, Nussmeier was announced as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide,[5][6] replacing outgoing coordinator Jim McElwain


January 9th, 2014 at 6:24 AM ^

Quite a few Alabama fans thought he was too stubborn.  Ex: Bowl game vs. Oklahoma.  Even when Henry is rushing for 10 yards a carry, Nussmeier went back to the pass because he likes a very balanced attack.  Henry ended the day with 8 carries for 100 yards.

They have to be delusional.  18th best scoring offense with 38.2 ppg.


January 8th, 2014 at 10:01 PM ^

Maybe he's next HC given he is only 43 and interviewed for lower level HC jobs. Hoke is 56 and even joked about retirement when asked if he was just watching the game from the sideline. Take over for DB when he runs for governor.


January 8th, 2014 at 10:01 PM ^

Have not confirmed but heard he was being paid sub $500K at Bama. Now will be top 5 highest paid in country.


Under Nussmeier's guidance, Bama set records for offensive touchdowns scored (68), total points (542), total offense (6,237) and passing touchdowns (31) in the 2012 season--his first with the Crimson Tide. Despite a rebuilt offensive line, Bama ranked No. 6 in the nation this season in yards per play (7.15) and were ranked third in the nation in that stat in games against ranked opponents (7.59).

Prior to coaching at Alabama, Nussmeier ran the offense at Washington and established himself as one of the sharpest offensive coordinators in the country. In 2011, even though UW had to replace a first-round pick at quarterback (Jake Locker), Nussmeier's offense scored 57 touchdowns and 434 points, the second-highest totals in school history (behind only the Huskies' 1991 national championship team). And in his three seasons at UW, his offenses got statistically better each year.