OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward

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OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:10 AM
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Moving into this season, the Wolverines lose their two most experienced linemen (Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield) and must now somehow find a way to improve without getting much older.
 
It's a challenge Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk says the position group has to accept, as it has no other choice.

 
 
http://www.mlive.com/wolv...oach_darrell_funk.html
 
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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:24 AM
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Just wish they were "moving forward" without Funk.  I truly don't understand how he has a job.

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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:55 AM
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Just wish they were "moving forward" without Funk.  I truly don't understand how he has a job.


That's how
 

With the exception of Dan Ferrigno and of course Fred Jackson, our position coaches have no BIG SCHOOL experience. If you are part of the Ball State clan or "old Michigan" your job is apparently safe, results be damned.
 
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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:03 AM
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Just wish they were "moving forward" without Funk.  I truly don't understand how he has a job.

 
If the OL doesn't make significant improvement in 2014, I can't see how he keeps his job...though, I also wanted him gone as much as Borges!
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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:05 AM
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Just wish they were "moving forward" without Funk.  I truly don't understand how he has a job.


If the OL doesn't make significant improvement in 2014, I can't see how he keeps his job...though, I also wanted him gone as much as Borges!

My question would be (and not necessarily directed at you specifically), why 2014 as opposed to 2013? Why have we/Hoke seen enough of Borges to make a change but not Funk? The play/development of the O-line was arguably as bad as the playcalling/scheme, in many ways the two were tied together.
 
I just don't understand the rationale for giving guys more years who have proven over multiple years they can't get the job done. Say the O-line fails, are we then obligated to give Hoke the chance to hire a new O-line coach? And if so, how long will we have to wait on the new coach to get results?
 
Again, I wasn't directing these questions at you and I don't expect you to answer them, your comment just sprung them up for me. They are questions I honestly don't have answers to.
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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:11 PM
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Just wish they were "moving forward" without Funk.  I truly don't understand how he has a job.


If the OL doesn't make significant improvement in 2014, I can't see how he keeps his job...though, I also wanted him gone as much as Borges!

My question would be (and not necessarily directed at you specifically), why 2014 as opposed to 2013? Why have we/Hoke seen enough of Borges to make a change but not Funk? The play/development of the O-line was arguably as bad as the playcalling/scheme, in many ways the two were tied together.

I just don't understand the rationale for giving guys more years who have proven over multiple years they can't get the job done. Say the O-line fails, are we then obligated to give Hoke the chance to hire a new O-line coach? And if so, how long will we have to wait on the new coach to get results?

Again, I wasn't directing these questions at you and I don't expect you to answer them, your comment just sprung them up for me. They are questions I honestly don't have answers to.


Personally, I think the reason Funk is still on Hoke's staff is tied to that chart you posted above detailing Funk's coaching career. He's been with Hoke since 2008 at Ball St. I think it was hard enough for Hoke to disregard his loyalty to Borges and fire him, but to add Funk as well was probably too much disregard for loyalty for Hoke to handle.

The one benefit of the doubt that I will give to Funk is maybe we will find that he will work better with Nuss than he did with Borges and maybe Hoke is thinking/hoping the same thing??? Again, just wishful thinking on my part...

 

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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:28 PM
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I want them to move forward on the field.  All they seem to go is backward.


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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:32 PM
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Totally agree with you, MF4L...believe me, I'm NOT happy that Funk is still part of the staff...or Mallory, the DB coach, for that matter...but Hoke is keeping Funk, for now, & we have to accept it.

However, even at the sake of keeping Funk, I still hope to see marked improvement in 2014...if not, I'll be at the head of the "Lynch Funk" mob!
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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:42 PM
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With ya 4life. I feel about funk as u feel about Mallory.

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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:14 PM
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They better move forward. I'll give benefit of the doubt about last year-they were young-ok fine. However, now you can't use that excuse. If they struggle again this year, you can't point at youth, you point at the coaching that they are receiving. 
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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Friday, February 21, 2014 9:35 AM
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Believe me MF4L, I'm asking the same questions.  There is no way this guy should have a job in 2014, although you have to respect his work at Muskingum (Good Lord).  In the end it just moves Hoke closer to the back door than the front, not to mention Brandon will only need to spring for one moving truck instead of two.  

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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:58 AM
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They better move forward. I'll give benefit of the doubt about last year-they were young-ok fine. However, now you can't use that excuse. If they struggle again this year, you can't point at youth, you point at the coaching that they are receiving. 

Unfortunately they are going to be able to use the "youth excuse" just as much in '14 as they did in '13, & I'm sure they will. Remember Schofield & Lewan? Both seniors both tackles both gone. Ergo no matter whom they shuffle to where on the line there will be two new young inexperienced starters. I personally think that using youth as an excuse is a complete cop out, if they were too young to be out there then it's your fault for putting them out there not their fault they're young. But this staff seems more than willing to throw the young men under their watch right under the bus when it suits them.   

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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Saturday, February 22, 2014 8:16 AM
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Great post, Jabes. Youth is an excuse, but it gets tiring. Sure everyone would like to have a bunch of 5th year seniors on the OL, but here's the reality: NO ONE has that.
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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Saturday, February 22, 2014 8:44 AM
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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Saturday, February 22, 2014 3:56 PM
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They better move forward. I'll give benefit of the doubt about last year-they were young-ok fine. However, now you can't use that excuse. If they struggle again this year, you can't point at youth, you point at the coaching that they are receiving. 

Unfortunately they are going to be able to use the "youth excuse" just as much in '14 as they did in '13, & I'm sure they will. Remember Schofield & Lewan? Both seniors both tackles both gone. Ergo no matter whom they shuffle to where on the line there will be two new young inexperienced starters. I personally think that using youth as an excuse is a complete cop out, if they were too young to be out there then it's your fault for putting them out there not their fault they're young. But this staff seems more than willing to throw the young men under their watch right under the bus when it suits them.   
 
 
You are wrong here. Our current problems with youth on the o-line dates back to RR's recruiting. Go take a look at his numbers/how they panned out. It isn't good. Hoke and company are putting the young guys out there because they literally had/have no other options. 
 
Like I said, last year, fine, o-line was really young. But now? Those players are now in their 3rd year in the program, and have a year of playing experience. Now it is on Funk to coach them up. If he can't do it this year-time to go. 
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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Saturday, February 22, 2014 6:15 PM
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They better move forward. I'll give benefit of the doubt about last year-they were young-ok fine. However, now you can't use that excuse. If they struggle again this year, you can't point at youth, you point at the coaching that they are receiving. 

Unfortunately they are going to be able to use the "youth excuse" just as much in '14 as they did in '13, & I'm sure they will. Remember Schofield & Lewan? Both seniors both tackles both gone. Ergo no matter whom they shuffle to where on the line there will be two new young inexperienced starters. I personally think that using youth as an excuse is a complete cop out, if they were too young to be out there then it's your fault for putting them out there not their fault they're young. But this staff seems more than willing to throw the young men under their watch right under the bus when it suits them.   
 

You are wrong here. Our current problems with youth on the o-line dates back to RR's recruiting. Go take a look at his numbers/how they panned out. It isn't good. Hoke and company are putting the young guys out there because they literally had/have no other options. 

Like I said, last year, fine, o-line was really young. But now? Those players are now in their 3rd year in the program, and have a year of playing experience. Now it is on Funk to coach them up. If he can't do it this year-time to go. 

Hey BHF, Im not trying to be argumentative with you, but do you believe Funk should still have a job going into this season?  Or do you think he shouldve been replaced?

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Re:OL coach Darrell Funk says young linemen must move forward - Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:55 PM
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Well Mr. Funk you need to coach better. But, you know that after last season.