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07:51 AM ET 02.28 | Installing a new offense won't happen over night, but the journey for Doug Nussmeier has begun anew in Ann Arbor. He's installed offenses at new places before, multiple times actually. And on each occasion, things took time. ... He said that both Devin Gardner and Shane Morris were splitting reps with the first-team offense at quarterback. He said he'd prefer to use multiple running backs in his offense, a stark difference from the philosophy former offensive coordinator Al Borges worked under. But other than that, he wasn't overly specific. Michigan continues to install its offensive packages -- which do feature plenty of new looks, terms and overall communication points -- but Nussmeier isn't getting into any specifics as to what all of it will actually look like.

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February 28, 2014  08:41 AM ET

Sweet! Another Meatchicken thread. This'll be fun once BB gets here.

February 28, 2014  08:59 AM ET

Radical change for wolvereeeen offense...are they going to start wearing leather helmets again?

February 28, 2014  09:27 AM ET

Just don't recruit an all world tight end, because no matter how good he is, you won't see him passed to at all except maybe 4 times a year.

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February 28, 2014  09:36 AM ET

Let's examine recent events, shall we? Michigan's football program has a new OC, Doug Nussmeier. He's not exactly new to the duties, having served as OC for Alabama, Washington, and Fresno State. Awhile back, there was a thread about shifting assignments for Michigan footballers. Hmmm... could it be a new OC with an offensive plan very different from the former OC he is replacing? Well, this thread seems to confirm that suspicion.

Now, I'm no high paid football analyst, unemployed college coach, or even a sports writer, but I can foresee the hiring of a new OC with vision and style different from his predecessor bringing about shifting assignments, new formations, new plays, new evaluations... i.e. shaking things up, and doggonit, isn't that exactly what's happening?

February 28, 2014  09:39 AM ET

Thank God! Big Al owes Denard Robinson a serious debt of gratitude. If not for the brilliance of Shoelace those first few years Al was in town he may not have lasted two seasons.

February 28, 2014  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let's examine recent events, shall we? Michigan's football program has a new OC, Doug Nussmeier. He's not exactly new to the duties, having served as OC for Alabama, Washington, and Fresno State. Awhile back, there was a thread about shifting assignments for Michigan footballers. Hmmm... could it be a new OC with an offensive plan very different from the former OC he is replacing? Well, this thread seems to confirm that suspicion. Now, I'm no high paid football analyst, unemployed college coach, or even a sports writer, but I can foresee the hiring of a new OC with vision and style different from his predecessor bringing about shifting assignments, new formations, new plays, new evaluations... i.e. shaking things up, and doggonit, isn't that exactly what's happening?

Yes to all, but don't you smell desperation?

February 28, 2014  09:46 AM ET
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Despite the acknowledgement that an offensive system change takes time, this year MUST be markedly better than last year. Otherwise it is time for UM to move on from Hoke

While I agree, I just don't see Hoke being let go this year if they under perform again. Canning his buddy Al and bringing in a new OC bought him a few more seasons.

February 28, 2014  09:48 AM ET
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Despite the acknowledgement that an offensive system change takes time, this year MUST be markedly better than last year. Otherwise it is time for UM to move on from Hoke

That's just the kind of attitude that will have the Angry Weasels football program in perpetual chaos. If Michigan doesn't display the patience to allow Hoke to develop the program over several years (especially after the RichRod fiasco), no better candidate is going to want to work there. Be objective in your assessment of Hoke. Has he pulled a Derek Dooley? Has he alienated his players? Chased off at least six coaches each year, including both coordinators? Lost a game in the waning seconds with a botched substitution? Had the botched 6-5-2 goal line stand formation go viral? Ended a 25 year winning streak against a rival by losing a game to an opposing team with a simplified playbook and a senior wide receiver playing QB for the first time since high school? No? Well then, Hoke's not yet demonstrated that he cannot run a football program of a Power Five conference school.

February 28, 2014  09:49 AM ET
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Yes to all, but don't you smell desperation?

It's a catch 22.

If Hoke doesn't make a move on the OC than he is condemned for not making any changes.

He does make a move and now he's desperate.

Can't be both.

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February 28, 2014  09:52 AM ET

I think the meeeechegan pigskin program is in fine shape right now.

February 28, 2014  09:55 AM ET
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I think the meeeechegan pigskin program is in fine shape right now.

Yeah, it seems to be on the same trajectory as the Ohio State basketball program.

Swept by Penn State! That hurts.

February 28, 2014  09:56 AM ET
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Yes to all, but don't you smell desperation?

Only in the chicken little blue fans crying out that the program is falling, the program is falling!

February 28, 2014  10:01 AM ET

The threads deserve a deeper shade of blue. These whipperspnappers don't even acknowledge Gerald Ford, an all star letterman who played both ways and participated in some of the Wolverines storied accomplishments, undefeated national champions in 1932 (8-0) & 1933 (7-0-1). Additionally, Gerald Ford is one of Michigan's most accomplished graduates, having served for 25 years as the Representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district, as the 40th Vice President, and the 38th President of the USA.

February 28, 2014  10:02 AM ET
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Its desperation IMO

Burn your colors. You don't deserve them.

February 28, 2014  10:05 AM ET
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Its desperation IMO

Replacing an under performing employee with someone believed to be better suited for the position is a no brainer. I've got many complaints about Hoke but I just don't see how this can have a negative spin put to it. The real issue would have been keeping the OC.

February 28, 2014  10:11 AM ET
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Yeah, it seems to be on the same trajectory as the Ohio State basketball program. Swept by Penn State! That hurts.

Yeah that was bad last night. The Buckeyes were a very overrated squad this year. But on the plus side I can't remember the last time Ohio State got knocked out of The Tourney in the first round by a MAC school. Remember your boys 2 years ago vs. the Ohio Bobcats?


Oh yeah and I still remember your comment to me a few days ago. You claimed I couldn't afford to live in ann arbor. Well I am willing to bet whatever you want that the price of living here in Boulder, CO. is way more expensive than what it is in ann arbor.

 
February 28, 2014  10:17 AM ET
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Yeah that was bad last night. The Buckeyes were a very overrated squad this year. But on the plus side I can't remember the last time Ohio State got knocked out of The Tourney in the first round by a MAC school. Remember your boys 2 years ago vs. the Ohio Bobcats? Oh yeah and I still remember your comment to me a few days ago. You claimed I couldn't afford to live in ann arbor. Well I am willing to bet whatever you want that the price of living here in Boulder, CO. is way more expensive than what it is in ann arbor.

Uhhh...we're in control of the BIG10, have won at least a portion of the conference title going on 3 years in a row now, and played in the NC game last year.

Also, I didn't say you can't afford to live in Ann Arbor buddy. Sorry, you're (not surprisingly) confused.

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