Having seen spring ball and the Great Mustard Crisis of 2012 recently come to an end, we are now entering an unfortunately long dead period for college football. Yes, us Detroit and Chicago sports fans (i.e. the latter for me) still have
hockey baseball, but, really, what fun is that in April/May? I don't know about you all, but a SportsCenter Top 10 of the best plays of Will Heininger's career far surpasses any baseball-centric list that you'll find around this time and into the summer. Yes, that 6-4-3 double play was really neat the first 8,423 times.
Unfortunately for you, there's still not all that much to discuss vis-a-vis the football team that hasn't already been rehashed ad nauseam. This means that practically any entity on the Internet tasked with covering Michigan football--including this one--will have to stretch their wits a bit to find something, anything, to talk about.
As such, if you were not already aware, Alabama's previous offensive coordinator, Jim McElwain--who was in T-town for both of Alabama's recent national titles--filled the vacant head coaching position at Colorado State (although he did stay on to coach the Tide in the national title game). He has been replaced by Washington OC/QB coach Doug Nussmeier, who held the position in Seattle for three seasons. For me, as I'm sure is the case for you, PAC 12 football is a little more off-the-radar than other major conferences due to sheer geography, so I figured it would be a good idea to shoot the guys at SB Nation's UW site--UW Dawg Pound--a line regarding their former OC and what he may or not bring to Alabama. Dawg Pound manager John Berkowitz was gracious enough to answer a few questions about the man who will be leading the Alabama offense this fall.
It could be nothing, it could be something, but, like I said...it's May 1st. Just be glad this isn't a post about WHIP or OPS or any of the other things going on right now in the sporting world that are less interesting than even the least interesting aspects of college football.
The general impression of Doug Nussmeier was that he was well liked and respected by the fans and coaching staff. He is a proven QB guru who will make anyone he coaches a a better and more efficient player.
Sark handled all the play calling and it was definitely 100% his offense. Nuss moved on to Alabama for two reasons. Number one would be overall more responsibility which would include play calling and installing the offense. Number two would be a salary close to $850,000 per year which would basically double what he received at UW.
Nuss spent three years working with Price. Even though his title was OC at UW he was basically a QB coach while assisting Sark in running the offense.
Nuss is a pro style/west coast offense type of guy.
Nuss did not call games while at UW.
McElwain and Nussmeier both were on the same staff at Fresno State so I expect that they will have similar styles. In other words I don't expect Alabama to skip a beat.
Same answer as the last question.
He didn't work with wideouts at Washington...like I said previously even though he had the title of OC he was basically a glorified QB coach at UW.
So, there you have it. Thanks again to John Berkowitz of UW Dawg Pound for taking the time to answer a few questions. Now, back to your regularly scheduled discussions of Will Campbell's pad level and how Dave Brandon is not the Michigan-est Michigan Michigan that ever Michigan'd and is therefore terrible and does not get it.