A lot of trolls in the chat today. Insulting my family seems to be a theme. Gotta love the Internet!
I was surprised that after Sterk talked about needing to make a hire that would excite the fans he presented those three options to some board members. That struck me as a bad misread of what would excite fans.
He hasn't played, as expected. Martin told me before the season he probably wouldn't play until January at the earliest. He's had a lot to learn.
They're all under contract until Drinkwitz decides if he wants to keep them. If he fires them, they're owed their buyouts. He's only made one official hire so far. More will come soon.
He also had Brett Rypien in Boise, who's with the Broncos.
He calls it pro tempo: "Fast as it can be and slow as it needs to be." It's a spread, shotgun system with lots of pre-snap shifts and motions. He describes it as a combination of Gus Malzahn's spread/downhill running attack and Bryan Harsin's pro-style system.
No, I'm talking about the questions that aren't getting published. Sick stuff, man.
He probably should. It probably cost him his job. Dooley was fine in 2018 with a healthy NFL quarterback, but when problems came up this year he didn't have answers. You can't fault a coach for QB injuries, but there were enough players in place to have a functional offense - and it rarely was after the first six games.
Of course. Looking forward to it.
Drinkwitz said the hires would "trickle out" over the next few days. I would expect more before the end of the week.
I touched on this at the start of the chat. Possibly but not a given. Lots of moving pieces at play.
Lots of theories, but none that explain why offensive linemen couldn't block and why receivers stopped catching passes. I still think we all overinflated how good this team was based on how it beat a bunch of bad teams. And the team got overconfident and started thinking they were better than they were. Not necessarily the defense, but it was a problem on offense.
Different coaches have different philosophies on that. Craig Kuligowski always trained his D-linemen to stop the run on your way to the quarterback. I do think it's essential that you have to win the line of scrimmage either way. And it's still true that more bad things can happen to an offense when the QB drops back to pass compared to when he hands off to a running back. More risk but more reward, too.
Not sure about that. Odom used the copter, too.
That's one of those empty spots in his credentials ... because he's never been in one place longer than three years. Now, you can look at Ryan Finley as a good case of player development. Because he transferred from Boise State to NC State after Drinkwitz made the same move. He became a very good college QB, good enough to start some games this year in the NFL. But it's fair to say Drinkwitz has never really built anything long-term.
That's not what sources who were involved in those discussions have told me. Sterk presented those three coaches as his choices with an emphasis on Blake Anderson. MU talked to Anderson several times last week. At the same time, as I wrote last week, the board members didn't flat-out tell Sterk no. They wanted him to broaden his scope. They didn't understand why it came down to those three candidates.
Maybe, but it's also fair to assume the offensive staff wasn't pushing the right buttons. After settling on a starting five all through spring ball and preseason camp, they scrapped their plans after one game, and then took about a month to settle on who they wanted to start and where.
I don't know. There was definitely interest in him initially. I wouldn't think it would take that much money for Healy, but again, I was never told a salary figure for him.