I just get a little impression from hearing him occasionally that he revels in the complexity of the defense and I'd like to see a little of that mindset go away with whoever eventually takes over for Lebeau.
Then again, he just might be ready to step in and take over and dominate with the right mix of players like Lebeau traditionally has done?
I didn't know this about Butler....
He was the architect of a surprise 3-4 defensive scheme which led to the U of M's shocking 1996 upset of the #6 Tennessee Volunteers, led by junior quarterback Peyton Manning. He then moved to Arkansas State in 1998 to serve as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
I'm not totally dismissing the guy either. Somewhere today I read something like "good talent makes great coaches". Maybe Butler will come in with the more attacking style that DL seems to have gotten away from (possibly because of the inexperience of the "good" talent and a general lack of overall talent?). And maybe with an influx of talent I'll have to eat my words. I'd be OK with that.
That said, I'm just not sold on the guy. I can't see what he's done that's so great that he should just be assumed to have the job without even checking to see who else is out there. I do know that for whatever reason(s) the DL system is not working this year and has seemed to be worse than their actual rankings for the last few years. I'd rather not see the "same 'ol same 'ol" continue under a new DC when DL finally hangs 'em up.
BTW, I did NOT like Tomlin's comment today that DL would turn it around because "he's Dick Lebeau". Seems like they (Tomlin/Colbert/ARII) are just gonna keep trotting the old pony out there until he falls over because he can't carry the load anymore. Not to be funny, but I have this picture of DL passing away at his desk because he won't retire on his own and his bosses won't "retire" him ... because "he's Dick Lebeau".
Most of us have been saying for YEARS that we needed a future FS and a NT. I didn't expect Clark to be this horrible this season but I knew NT was going to be an issue. I've been screaming the need to invest in a future NT for years. In fact, I said that the last Hampton signing was desperation because they dragged their feet on the NT position and it came back to bite them. Years later... it's biting them again (for the 2nd time).
I'm still a bit disappointed in the release of Ta'amu because I thought that was at least our best attempt to fill the NT need.
Last edited by SteelBuckeye; 11-05-2013 at 10:27 PM.