Mr Miggle

January 20th, 2018 at 12:45 PM ^

I just can't see that. It's inefficient, especially on offense where Harbaugh always uses a collaborative approach. If that was going to change, Warriner is not the guy I'd see him changing it for.

If there was any truth to the report, I'd think he was a backup plan if Drevno was leaving. That's looking less and less likely to happen.


January 20th, 2018 at 2:42 PM ^

When we had all our upperclassmen playcalling wasn't an issue.. we had one of the highest scoring offenses in the country until speight got injured against Iowa...

The problem was our entire team was a young mess and the oline had two different philosophies nothing worked.


January 20th, 2018 at 3:39 PM ^

In 2016, we had Jedd Fisch.  In 2017, he moved to UCLA.  UCLA's offense this year (its one year under Fisch) improved dramatically (Greg Robinson to Greg Mattison level improvement on S&P+).  Meanwhile, we brought in the OC from the Cleveland Browns (one of the worst offenses in the NFL), who had been let go from the Colts the year prior.  

Go Blue in MN

January 20th, 2018 at 7:15 PM ^

but I'm not sure you can blame Pep for how bad Cleveland was.  Remember we got Jeff Fisch off of his OL gig in Jacksonville, which wasn't exactly an offensive juggernaut.  Jedd's failure as an NFL OC on an offense without much talent was not an indictment of his skills, as he succeeded both here and at UCLA. 

Pep?  I don't know.  Obviously the 2017 passing game he oversaw was atrocious.


January 20th, 2018 at 12:39 PM ^

His positional background would suggest he’s a more natural replacement for Drev, so who knows I guess.

FootballScoop is sketchy. They’ve reported Things that have definitely come to fruition. They’ve also thrown some duds out there (Jim turned us down, Butch Jones is top target). They’re not as bad as ChatSports but it’s very much a “grain of salt” publication.


EDIT: Forgot to add, in addition to previously working under Meyer at OSU, he also worked as OL/RGC under Kelly at ND. This hire would make it two years in a row that Jim hired a coach (and specifically an offensive coach, and more specifically an OL coach) that previously worked for a major opponent on the upcoming schedule. At least interesting, if not insightful.

I Like Burgers

January 20th, 2018 at 3:48 PM ^

Feels like a Saban like move where if you know you're going to be losing coordinators and assistants annually, its in your best interest to stock the "analyst" cabinet full of replacements.  That way they have time in the system and can step right in when someone leaves.  Two his last four offensive coordinators (Sark and now Locksley) joined on as an offensive analyst before moving up into the full-time OC role.  Even Kiffin kind of did that when he came in at the end of the 2013 season to review Alabama's offense.  Just wasn't a need to make him an analyst because Michigan hired Nuss and then Kiffin took that OC job.

All of these changes this offseason feel like Harbaugh gave Drevno one more year to get his shit together, and if he doesn't he has two guys (Enos and Warriner) ready to step in and take over his coaching roles.

God knows how the hell Pep figures into any of this though -- especially if he doesn't leave.


January 20th, 2018 at 3:34 PM ^

Would certainly be an odd fit.

Your O-line stinks, and he's the best O-line coach in the conference. It's a great fit. If he actually gets to be the position coach, you should be ecstatic.

Guy certainly can recruit.

He seems to dislike recruiting and is bad at it. That was the main knock on him when he was Ohio State's offensive line coach.

His worst flaw is that he thinks he should be an offensive coordinator. We will "cackle with knowing glee" if Harbaugh lets him gameplan for you.

When Ohio State hired Tim Beck, there were a lot of Buckeye fans who ignored what Nebraska fans said about him, but it all turned out to be true. Trust interested parties who've had years to observe someone's performance.

Hotel Putingrad

January 20th, 2018 at 12:38 PM ^

unless Drevno is leaving. Could it be possible Pep stays and Drevno leaves? that would be... interesting. But Warriner is very good and would represent an upgrade on the recruiting trail.

I Like Burgers

January 20th, 2018 at 3:53 PM ^

Explained in more detail above, but it makes a lot of sense if Harbaugh gave Drevno one more year to get it together and if he doesn't, now he has two people on staff (Enos and Warriner) that can step into Drevno's roles and will already have player and system familiarity.  Its a play out of Saban's handbook.

I mean, the offensive coordinator salary bump is already written into Enos' contract.