Sorry, but Wally was a very sexy hire that everyone was pumped about (and for good reason, obviously). He may not have a "sexy" attitude and is very blue collar, but that is a different question.
Hope I'm wrong, but this move feels very Steve Brickey to me. Would feel much more comfortable if we had hired a Jay Johnson or Tony Franklin. Does Messingham have any experience coaching QBs?
Pinkel went 8-5 in his third year at MU. The points per game for his tenure at MU are: 21.8, 30, 33.3, 23.3, 30.8, 30.1 ,39.9 42.2, 29, 29.4, and 32.8.
After the first year, he only had one "bad" season (year 4). The average for his tenure at MU is 31.1 ppg, which he nearly hit in his second year.
If anything, your MU example shows that getting the offense up and running can happen rather quickly. It doesn't have to take 5 years to get decent offense.
Not feeling any better about the offense with this hire. Just have to trust in Rhoads, though.
Messingham has done a phenomenal job with kick return and the younger wide receivers, not to mention Collin Franklin. I have no doubt that he understands Tom's system well enough to have enough healthy continuity, enough ideas of his own to initiate enough healthy change, and the coaching experience to make both sides of that happen.
It will be interesting to see if Coach Rhoads and Coach Messingham stick with the Zone Read offense. The offense has definitely underachieved the last 3 years. The Zone Read leads to a lot of turnovers as the running back doesn’t even know whether or not he’s getting the ball until he has the ball. The Zone Read also puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the quarterback to make the correct read. This year we only scored more than 24 points in regulation one time (Texas Tech). That is why I am shocked that Urban Meyer hired Tom Herman to be his Offensive Coordinator.
I do like promoting from within and I do like Coach Messingham’s fire. One thing is for sure – the defense under Coach Burnham has consistently overachieved. For our program to go to the next level we have got to score more points.
I welcome the hire.
1. Continuity, which is very important to building a program. Our players will not need to learn a totally new system and new terminology, and we will probably not need to find a lot of new position coaches.
2. The players we have recruited should for the most part fit the system that will be put in place.
3. I doubt there will be any recruiting defections due to the change.
4. Messingham seems like the kind of "all-in" guy who fits the mentality of the program Rhoads is building and is less likely to view the position as nothing more than a stepping stone.
5. He appears to have been successful in his other roles.
6. Rhoads has had ample opportunity to evaluate his performance, and wants him to be the guy.
1. Has not yet proven capable of being a successful D-1 level offensive coordinator.
2. Perhaps a tendency to continue with offensive strategies that have not be successful for the past three years.
The pros greatly outweigh the cons in my opinion. Just because Messingham coached under Herman does not mean he will call the game the same way. A lack of a proven track record as an OC at a large program also does not mean he cannot be successful in that role.
Drinkel had three losing seasons in his first 4 years, and he lost three of his last four regular season games in his fifth year. As I recall he was under some pressure, and since then he has had three seasons with 10 or more wins in the last five.
The point is that it takes time to turn the talent around in a program, and obviously we are very early in the process. In ISUs case, the defense wasn't as far behind as the offense, but you can't change things overnight.
CPR is satisfied with ISU's current version of the spread but wasn't satisfied with Herman's ability to coach up, in particular, the QBs to execute the spread (Herman struggled with Arnaud) and best utilize the available RB and REC personnel. Herman's playcalling at times was a secondary issue but execution of the called plays was a more glaring issue for the most part. Hopefully, Mess will better communicate with and coach up the the QBs to execute this offense and make it more productive.
I just wonder sometimes how someone can coach a position they've never played. (Is this the case with messingham?)
Perhaps they stress less on specific fundamentals (foot work, mechanics) and more on the complete product. Ie: the QBs job is to complete the pass, etc.
Waitt.....We hired a girl?