Michigan Wolverines: Rebuilding An Interesting Challenge
The Bare Foundation — Part I
Last year an article was presented using the analogy of Humpty Dumpty for the purpose of analyzing Michigan Football and what should be done regarding the methodology and philosophy associated with change. Rebuild was a term that described the option that would essentially terminate the current/status quo program direction, replace the parts, and head off in an entirely new path, that is, blow it up, cut the losses and move on.
A second option was designated as road construction, where essentially the base was kept and a new surface was installed. Manipulated and precise change that purposely saves the working parts is an accurate description. The final choice was detour. Here the creative organist would come up with alternatives and the resulting cleverness would band-aid clear weaknesses preventing huge damage. Each approach has potential benefits, but also risks. To note the benefits and risks revisit the Humpty Dumpty Syndrome located in the archives.
Michigan, in the brief evaluatory period after the bad loss to Kansas State, clearly chose the road construction route. Arguments of the minimal resurfacing of Michigan football following that loss are still ongoing, but moot, since the reality of Coach Doug Nussmeier taking over the offense for deposed coordinator Al Borges is final, as is the retention of the remainder of the staff.
Some would have preferred the blow up and rebuild method. But to do that Michigan may have had to sacrifice some core beliefs and undergo a forced metamorphosis. That notion can work, or can fail miserably. Bill Martin, in a semi-state of panic, got hooked on hiring a revolutionary coach, one who was going to rework Michigan football and its associated image. That did not work. But such an approach could work. There will be no further efforts to revisit that period of history within the confines of this series.
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