Hawaii Snowflakes: The Coaching

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 3rd, 2016 at 3:19 PM

This will be the repository for thoughts on the coaching and overall quality of the coaching.



September 3rd, 2016 at 8:15 PM ^

Besides maybe O-line that takes time to develop, if you can get freshmen that are good enough to see the field on a top 10 team, you're program is in great shape.  

We have a lot of talented seniors on this team and it is important to get this great freshman class some experience for next year.  Harbaugh will recruit elite classes and freshmen will play when they are deserving.


September 3rd, 2016 at 3:51 PM ^

Great coaching. I mean, on a second watch I'm going to look at the end of the first half on D. But that is a nitty nit to pick. Very good stuff overall, obviously.

I would have taken some starters out earlier. 

And Sam Webb is reporting that World Wide Wes was in the building. These coaches aren't just winning on the field, they are killing it in marketing, too.


September 3rd, 2016 at 4:11 PM ^

I suspect there's a lot of stuff in Brown's gameplan that takes time to absorb. I'm glad we have some lighter games for the team to continue to refine it before we need to have it dead-on correct.

Sione's Flow

September 3rd, 2016 at 4:19 PM ^

Coaches did coach things. I think it was a calculated strategy to get freshmen on the field. Get them game experience, see if they are good in games or merely practice All-Americans. This is how you build a program that maintains a consistent level of play.


September 3rd, 2016 at 4:24 PM ^

When they did (finally few minutes of the half) they chewed up the defense. On that possession they had two 15 yard penalties and still managed to get it near the goal line. The only reason why they didn't play it in the second half is they went with a new QB who is still learning the system and the Hawaii coaching staff knew the game was not winnable.

Our defense is not ready for a spread offense despite Brown being supposedly a guru in defending against it. The pass rush was none existent. I believe they had one sack when the game mattered.

In short, they need to improve substantially especially against spread teams.


September 3rd, 2016 at 5:33 PM ^

Sort of surprised me.  O'Korn must have looked sharp enough to JH so that Harbaugh decided to give Shane and Alex some minutes before the schedule gets tougher and those latter two's playing time diminishes.


September 4th, 2016 at 2:54 AM ^

I think Harbaugh decided since things were going well, he would get all four some snaps- home opener and all, a reward for going through camp, etc. It loooks like they tried to play as many people as they could. Look for that again next week, if all goes well/

My guess is we will see a lot more of O'Korn next week.

Michigan Arrogance

September 4th, 2016 at 1:44 PM ^

I think it's crystal clear that Harbaugh plays the QBs according to what's needed: last year Rudock plays 98% of the nabs when healthy - but he didn't get to campus till 8/1/15, so he needed the starter to the reps. it was Rudock or bust past eyar and Harbaugh knew it.


This year, it seems Speight won the battle allegedly  "not by a small margin" according to Haurbaugh (I think it was him who said it yesterday). WS knows the play book (been here since Harbaugh) and I'm sure could use some more reps, but I think they feel like they need to develop depth and sustain competition for the #2 guy at the QB position. 


September 4th, 2016 at 3:06 AM ^

Not a perfect performance by any means, but Michigan looked to be in mid-season form today. Very few of the typical first game mistakes. That was what jumped out at me the most about this game.


September 4th, 2016 at 12:05 PM ^

After seeing the press conference, I really feel that all of Harbaugh's antics (i.e., social media, twitter posts, etc.) are just for show.  He is not crazy.  He is just a really good football coach who loves the game and loves Michigan.  May he be here the rest of his coaching days.