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How do Michigan fans feel about the fact that Hoke does not wear a headset during games? There was a discussion about this on a ND forum today about how ND fans, especially during games that are lost, would be blasting the coach if he did not wear a headset. What are your guys thoughts?
The media has asked him about it before and I personally like his response. He believes the coordinators are the best at what they do and they should be able to do their job. He puts a headset on in crucial situations, though, or whenever he feels the need to. He's a self-proclaimed defensive guy, so he pretty much lets Borges have free reign out there.
He is a head coach that has very good coordinators. He does not do the play calling on either side of the ball. For this reason, I do not have any issue with him not having a headset. He trusts his assistants to handle their business.
This only comes up after a loss, therefore it's a non-issue.
Great answers fellas. Not sure why someone gave me a downvote for asking a legitimate question. As a fellow Ball State alum I am a fan of Brady Hoke. Don't approve of his choice of team to coach but he's a good coach no doubt.
I'm sure it does it's like a lot of things coaches do......it's all good as long as you win. I don't know if there is a more damned if you do damned if you don't profession than being a coach.
Gave ya a couple of upvotes. Hope it washes the down that you got.
A lot of Spartans use this to try and push the idea that he is an incompetent coach because he doesn't wear a headset. Somebody probably thought you were trolling! But you seem to be asking a legit question! I gave you an upvote also.
I downvoted you for crying about votes. Your on a rivals board, expect downvotes regardless of what you post.
The coordinators have a good idea of what Hoke wants called on game day, plus Hoke doesn't want to micromanage. He is a leader of men on Saturdays, not a play caller.
Yeah he spends his time w/ the players... no need to be listening in on coordinators that he trusts.
agreed, from interviews I've heard Hoke meets with his coordinators personally a couple times a week and he's with them on the practice field, no need for him to stand of their shoulder the entire game and second guess every decision they make. If he didn't think his coordinators were good they would not be coaching at Michigan...
I don't have a problem with it, as long as he's active on the sidelines, which he is. What I mean by being active on the sidelines is communicating with the other coaches regularly, talking to the players when need be and managing the game.
I'm still stunned that Joe Paterno would literally sit in the box AND not have a headset on - that shows how active he was in what his team was doing at that point. But with Hoke being on the sideline, I don't think it's a big deal.
I like the headset look, but is it just a look? I think probably the latter in most cases.
I like how our defense played on Sat.
I dont like it. Its not about calling the plays, its about being more involved with the outcome of the game, and its about immediate communication with what he sees on the field compared to Borges up top. With Mattison its different, hes right next to him on the sideline. If Hoke wants to manage certain aspects of the game in certain scenarios, this needs to be communicated to Borges who can then call plays with what Hoke is trying to accomplish on the field. Also, if Hoke is such a defensive guy, he should be able to diagnose certain opposing defensive schemes that certain offensive plays would exploit, and since he doesnt have a head set constantly, this type of advantage can not be established instantaneously
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I see what you're saying, and wouldn't be opposed to him wearing a headset all the time.
That being said, there are enough other coaches on the sidelines with headsets on, so Hoke can have almost immediate contact with anyone upstairs whenever he wants, either by relaying a message through someone else or by putting a pair of headsets on for a few minutes here and there.
He is fine without it...he's got Greg Mattison and Al Borges helping him out. I don't think he's really that worried about the playcalling and they go over the gameplan enough over the week. Plus it shows great trust and empowerment to your assistants which goes a long way into keeping them around. I really believe Brady does most of his magic and greatness on the other 6 days of the week.
"Those Who Stay...Will be Champions"
I am sure you will be whining about the next downvote also.
I don't call what he said "whining" I call it him speaking the truth about some douchebag fan of ours having sand in their vagina about a non uofm fan asking a very legitimate question on our board. Unfortunately every fanbase has it's share.
No, I earned that downvote at least from you but the 1st one I still don't understand. It's all good though because I know every village has their share of idiots and my home board has the same issues. I won't let you or a few other guys spoil what has been a good and civil thread.
We have those fans, then we fans that get on their knees for their rivals for some reason. I am sure some MSU fans miss you "pumping" them up.
It was/is a good and civil thread before you whined about getting downvoted. Who cares about the votes? Discuss the topic, but no point in crying because you were downvoted on a rival board. It happens on all boards. Every board has idiots that care about getting downvoted.
I love Hoke as a motivator and as a recruiter. That being said it does worry me a little that he isn't involved in the play calling more than he is. I mean, Mattison & Borges won't be around forever. What if we hire a coordinator in the future that isn't as experienced. I wonder if he would put them on then. Does anyone know if he wore them at Ball St. or SDSU?
Here was a comment from respected Notre Dame writer Tim Prister today in his review:
It’s funny how perceptions are so heavily influenced by results alone. Brady Hoke was hailed as a genius in Ann Arbor-land for the magic he worked in his first year, turning a 7-6 team in 2010 into an 11-2 team in 2011. A year later, one can’t help but wonder what is going through the man’s head as the NBC cameras keep turning their attention to Hoke and the faraway, what-do-we-do-next, what-is-going-on-here expression on his face. Hoke does not look like a guy that everyone in the organization can turn to and get an answer from. Right or wrong, that’s the pose he strikes.
As for not wearing a headset during a majority of the game, Hoke has explained in the past that he doesn’t want to disturb the train of thought of his coordinators, who have spent more time analyzing film during the week than he has, simply by the nature of each coach’s responsibility.
But how a head coach can accept being in the dark about the play call and the thought process of his coordinators is perplexing. Trust in your coordinators is one thing; removing yourself from the process on game day is another.
IMO, that writer is completely wrong with his assumptions, especially with the organizational answers. Hoke didn't wear the headset for a majority of the game, but he did have it on for the crucial parts of the game.
Funny how this is all being brought up now that Michigan has lost a second game, everyone is calling Hoke overrated and saying he got lucky last year like he is 0-4 right now.
When Michigan wins the B1G this year, I'm excited to see where the critics will be.
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