Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late?

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Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late? - Friday, May 02, 2014 9:08 AM
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It’s easy to second guess Hoke’s decision to keep Borges for last season. But right now with an unsettled quarterback position and an offensive line where every position is up for grabs even Hoke has to wonder to if maybe he waited too long to dismiss Borges.

 
http://bleacherreport.com...ired-one-year-too-late
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Re:Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late? - Friday, May 02, 2014 9:56 AM
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It’s easy to second guess Hoke’s decision to keep Borges for last season. But right now with an unsettled quarterback position and an offensive line where every position is up for grabs even Hoke has to wonder to if maybe he waited too long to dismiss Borges.


http://bleacherreport.com...ired-one-year-too-late

 
Could he be the man "in waiting" if Brady fails this year.
 
With last year's line and this year's, I'm not sure it would have mattered when we hired him.
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Re:Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late? - Friday, May 02, 2014 10:21 AM
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I would have never brought him along to begin with, much less given him a big raise a year in but that's another topic.
 
What's obvious with Hoke is that it takes something drastically bad for a major change to be made, to the level of firing. We've kept several assistants this year that suck at their jobs. The offense was epically bad under Borges last year, we led the nation in several negative categories. There was no choice but to fire Borges following that performance. Anything less would have shown pure incompetent on Hoke part. If you go back a year I`m not sure that's the case, at least not from an outsiders perspective. Firing a guy a year after making him the 3rd highest paid OC doesn't generally happen.
 
Personnel wise this is actually a pretty good year for a new OC to take over. There is still time to course correct and there is enough talent and experience to really do damage offensively (provided the O-line comes together).
 
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Re:Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late? - Friday, May 02, 2014 10:57 AM
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I still think that Gardner is too talented to "give up on"! Just like Borges "ruined" Denard, I think he did the same to DG but, with The Nuss now in charge & his track record, I truly think that Gardner will have a solid 2014!
 
Also, Funk should've joined Borges...in the unemployment line! Whether it's a year too late, only this coming season will tell IMO but, at least, the OL can't possibly be any worse than last year so it stands that things should get better...hopefully!! The players must also be held accountable & NEED to play better...too much talent to not produce!
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Re:Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late? - Saturday, May 03, 2014 8:59 AM
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I still think that Gardner is too talented to "give up on"! Just like Borges "ruined" Denard, I think he did the same to DG but, with The Nuss now in charge & his track record, I truly think that Gardner will have a solid 2014!

Also, Funk should've joined Borges...in the unemployment line! Whether it's a year too late, only this coming season will tell IMO but, at least, the OL can't possibly be any worse than last year so it stands that things should get better...hopefully!! The players must also be held accountable & NEED to play better...too much talent to not produce!


Given that the 2 tackles who anchored that line will both be drafted soon I'd say things not only can get worse but they likely will. It's unlikely that a line as bad as last years can lose its two most talented players, by far, replace them with less experienced & less talented players & manage to improve.
The one glimmer of hope that I do have is that the middle of the line will be improved enough to get Greene & Smith started & those 2 will wear down a defense over the course of 4 quarters. When it comes to pass protection, we are going to have to leave tight-ends & backs in to help block, there's just no way around it.  But most importantly 98 has to have learned not to do his patented 10 yard reverse circle spin move & to just throw the damn ball away. Field position is going to be the name of the game when it comes to chalking up W's this season. A few 1st downs & a good punt are wins for this offense.

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Re:Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late? - Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:28 AM
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wolverinefan07


I still think that Gardner is too talented to "give up on"! Just like Borges "ruined" Denard, I think he did the same to DG but, with The Nuss now in charge & his track record, I truly think that Gardner will have a solid 2014!

Also, Funk should've joined Borges...in the unemployment line! Whether it's a year too late, only this coming season will tell IMO but, at least, the OL can't possibly be any worse than last year so it stands that things should get better...hopefully!! The players must also be held accountable & NEED to play better...too much talent to not produce!


Given that the 2 tackles who anchored that line will both be drafted soon I'd say things not only can get worse but they likely will. It's unlikely that a line as bad as last years can lose its two most talented players, by far, replace them with less experienced & less talented players & manage to improve.
The one glimmer of hope that I do have is that the middle of the line will be improved enough to get Greene & Smith started & those 2 will wear down a defense over the course of 4 quarters. When it comes to pass protection, we are going to have to leave tight-ends & backs in to help block, there's just no way around it.  But most importantly 98 has to have learned not to do his patented 10 yard reverse circle spin move & to just throw the damn ball away. Field position is going to be the name of the game when it comes to chalking up W's this season. A few 1st downs & a good punt are wins for this offense.


I will agree that our OL was a complete and total disaster and losing 2 SRs is tough to replace. However, part of the reason our OL was a complete and total disaster was because of our 2 SRs. Michigan had a ton of problems up front last year and overall on-field chemistry was one of the top issues. Knowing the person next to you and being comfortable with how they're approaching every snap is huge up front. Lewan was a terrible leader and did not embrace the younger guys; he was only in it for himself. The sum of the whole is greater than its parts and if this years team can gel as a group, they will be better than last years group.

With that said, leadership again could be an issue along the OL. We have just one scholarship senior on the OL and that is Burzynski (missed the spring practice with ACL), but is a former walk-on. At some point, 5 players need to step up and take the positions and the coaches need to allow them to come together.

The second issue is discipline and technique. It requires pride, pride in yourself; your group and your team. A team with pride is a hard team to beat, because they're willing to do the little things that most teams aren't willing to do. Our OL did not do (or was willing to do) the little things last year. With such a young OL, there needs to be constant emphasis and repetition on the fundamentals. Funk better be hammering this home every day throughout the summer and when fall practice starts. They need to work on it all. Pre-set, stance, one-step explosion, pull technique, line up and splits, takeoff and proper sets for pass protection. These so-called "little things" will not be improved by just paying lip-service to them. They need to be done as often as time will allows. If there is improvement and the guys gel together, we could have an unexpectedly great season. We have the talent, it's now time for it to be translated to the field on Saturday's next fall.

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Re:Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late? - Saturday, May 03, 2014 11:49 AM
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Could he be the man "in waiting" if Brady fails this year.

I remember floating this idea when the Nuss hiring was announced, but someone (can't remember who) suggested if things get bad enough this season to warrant Hoke being fired, that probably means everyone's out.  Makes sense, but could be that if the Hoke firing played out, Nuss could interim for the bowl game and interview for the job to eventually stay.  I just found it odd that Nuss, who seems a likely candidate for a HC job sooner rather than later, would make a lateral move to a program in such disarray.  Maybe he did so to turn the offense around completely and buttress his resume, or maybe Brandon told him he'd have a very good chance of succeeding Hoke.  
 
Just so I don't disappoint anyone...
 
How long was Big Al the OC here?  Three years?  Then I'd say Nuss was hired three years too late.
 

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Re:Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late? - Saturday, May 03, 2014 1:33 PM
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Could he be the man "in waiting" if Brady fails this year.

I remember floating this idea when the Nuss hiring was announced, but someone (can't remember who) suggested if things get bad enough this season to warrant Hoke being fired, that probably means everyone's out.  Makes sense, but could be that if the Hoke firing played out, Nuss could interim for the bowl game and interview for the job to eventually stay.  I just found it odd that Nuss, who seems a likely candidate for a HC job sooner rather than later, would make a lateral move to a program in such disarray.  Maybe he did so to turn the offense around completely and buttress his resume, or maybe Brandon told him he'd have a very good chance of succeeding Hoke.  

Just so I don't disappoint anyone...

How long was Big Al the OC here?  Three years?  Then I'd say Nuss was hired three years too late.



 
But who could they get that will put us at the next level?  Harbaugh(s) are about our only chance (slim) so Nuss seems like the guy to me.
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Re:Michigan Football: Was Doug Nussmeier Hired One Year Too Late? - Saturday, May 03, 2014 7:32 PM
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Nuss + SHTF with Hoke this season  = 2015 new HC