Michigan Football: Coach Nussmeirer — What Needs To Be Done — Part II
Coach Nussmeirer’s First Four Months
This may be the toughest and most important part of Coach Nuss’s mission and it must be completed post haste. He will base his changes on the underlying assumptions he creates.
Perceptual correctness must trump error. Coach Nuss will talk to Coach Hoke likely first. He will then talk to position coaches. He will view the visual evidence. Coach then has a choice, to involve the players in the analysis or leave them out of this stage of the process. Players can provide insights beyond value or go into a defensive cover mode. A coach must smell out which is which.
The brainwork is now over and Coach Nuss may present a short group of goals, objectives, philosophical statements, expectations, etc. These are important; every successful program has in some form the above tenets that here are described as aims. The staff must agree, and yes, that is not always a clear given. But when all agree the next stage is in order.
There is now agreement and Coach Nuss’s job is to share this vision with the players and gain their true support and acceptance, versus lip service and a casual, quickly forgotten approach by the players. It is key for the players to not only accept the tenets produced by analysis and awareness, but to also hold them as a near unbreakable part of the collective team value system. It cannot be impressed enough how players must hold these tenets as gospel, worthy of belief and support in the belief that program improvement will be the outcome. Coach will need to reinforce beliefs in the program and individual achievement. We statements should flow forth, statements of support, should flow forth, but clear accomplishments that will translate into playing time must also be hammered hard. Coach Nuss will not attempt to be the most popular friend on the staff, he will note to his units that one overriding goal is paramount: improvement. The improvement will come as a result of his vision and scheme execution, which becomes directly linked to the players’ ability to improve.
This stage is a ton of work for a coach coming on board and changing much of the attitude and offensive planning and execution. But it may be the most fun. Coach will now see his troops in action. There will be scheme changes, plenty of teaching, plenty of technique work, and some frustration. Sooner or later, Coach Nuss will evaluate who has the best chance of giving Michigan a chance to win and prepare for the fall. The belief here is Coach Nuss may see potential in several near scrap-heap players who are now motivated to see the field and have a real chance for success.
the spring practice session is now over. Coach Nussmeier will have a much better idea of what he has on hand as far as personnel. He will then take that appraisal and plan the offense for the regular season. Coach Nuss will likely see what is missing from the recipe for success, more speed, more strength, etc. and petition Coach Hoke with his suggestions. This will translate into future recruiting or perhaps a change of position.
This process is a long haul, but the joy of success could outweigh the tension and tough times of putting a stable offense on the field.
Good luck Coach Nuss, we believe you will absolutely do your best to achieve your aims.
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