Originally Posted by gatorev12
Muschamp's a defensive coach--and we saw our defense make tremendous improvements in year 2. It went from a good unit to a dominate unit able to win the field position battle and not give up too many points. Talented defensive players (Roberson and Purifoy and McCray) went from "potential" to production. Additionally, in his first real recruiting class, Muschamp got a number of highly talented defensive recruits--many of whom were able to play right away (Morrison, Fowler, and Bullard are the obvious ones). Taken together, you can't argue that Muschamp is lacking in the player development department...at least when it comes to the defensive side of the ball.
As for the offensive side of the ball--Muschamp has pretty clearly given wide deference to the OC...hiring experienced coaches in the two seasons he's been here. Weis was a nice temporary splash and most of us applauded the move at the time--but in fairness to Muschamp, Weis never been good at developing talent at the college level and we did need to act quickly.
Completely agree with all of this. On the defensive side of the ball I see the complete package. The ability to attract the top recruits (Fowler, Bullard, VHIII), scout talent (Morrison), get freshman making an impact on the field early (all of the above), and develop players to get the most out of them (McCray, Evans, Purifoy, etc), as well as game-planning/scheme/making in-game adjustments.
Also agree that in 2011 he basically just handed the offense over to Weis. Last year we only signed 7 offensive players with a unit that was desperate for new talent, and infamously whiffed on all of the big name WRs, which could be attributed to the OC change, but again that Weis mistake is on WM. But this year was completely the opposite. We brought in a great OC (IMO), WR and RB recruiting is off the charts and we are completely reloading at OL.
Anyone remember that story about WM forcing Pease to retain the old Weis offense terminology to simplify it for the players? I wonder how that ended up working out.