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    Asst. Coaches role..Chizik vs Mac

    It seems to me the role of the Assistant Coaches for Chizik will be different from McCarney. I could be wrong...but my obversations are that Mac pretty much let his coaches run their dept both in practice and in games. He was not engaged in decision making, was not in huddles at critical times and acted as a manager. I'm not trying to be critical, just make a comment.
    I believe that Chizik will be much more involved in all aspects of coaching, and will run the games. He needs coaches that do what he wants, and answer to him.
    Mac was dependent on the quality of Asst. coaches he hired...as went Barney Cotton, so went the offense and so on.
    I think Chizik will "train" his coordinators, and if they leave, the system will prevail and new parts will do just as well. He will be in the mold of a Belecek or Parcells.
    That may be why ISU fortunes went down when people like Looney left. We'll see with Chizik, but that's my read.
    I'd be interested in others thoughts on this.



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    His ultimate goal may to be the Tampa HC.


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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    If that's his goal, great! We'll have some great asst.coaches to choose from and quite a few bowl games in the mean time.



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    Didn't McCarney fire a bunch of Asst. Coaches after his fourth or fifth year to keep his job? I'm not sure on that.



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    I think Mac was a good coach, and a great motivator and spiritual guide to the program if you will. But I agree with your point. The program went up and down with the quality of assistants. When we had good offensive and defensive coaches, things went really well. Unfortunately, there were only a couple years when we had both.



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    Unfortunately, the recruiting seemed greatly affected by the Asst Coaches that McCarney had. The last three years really fell off. I hope Chizik can be consistant. Glen Mason, the Minnesota coach is similar to McCarney. Program up and down with coaches he has on staff. (sorry about my typo on Chizik in header)



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    letsgostate.....I might agree with your statement in the long-term, but it's hard for me to believe that Chizik will be calling many of the shots in the next few years on offense, especially hiring a former head coach (McFarland) as Offensive Coordinator. I foresee McFarland playing a big role in our coaching decisions - not without GC's approval of course - but I think McF is going to be the guy to show Chizik the ropes for a little while.

    ....just my thoughts.



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    I agree on the ropes..but don't you see Chizik in the huddle at games and in the middle of things? I did get frustrated to see the game on the line and Mac 20 yards away from the huddle on the sidelines to determine the winner.



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    I don't see him being in the offensive huddle that much. A guy with McFarland's experience doesn't reallly need another guy looking over his shoulder - especially a former defensive coordinator. I think Chizik will give his offensive input in practice and meetings, but he'll probably let McF go on gameday.

    I can see Chizik going by the offensive huddle to fire them up a bit every once in awhile, but I've seen coach Mac do that plenty of times.



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    I'm hoping and expecting that GC will actually delegate more to his assistants and in return have more responsive and creative schemes with more input to the system.

    One of Mac's shortcomings was that he was too rigid in staying with his "proven system." This would have been OK if the "system" produced championships or continuous improvement, but it didn't. The offensive scheme really didn't change much from Loney to Hoener to Loney to Brickey to Cotton. The results weren't always the same due to differences in talent and execution, but the approach was similar and too predictable. Opponents caught up to the system after the Insight dot com team and we were no longer on the cutting edge. None of Mac's OC's were able to run successful screens, utilize the TEs, or have an effective counter to agressive blitzes.



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chirzik vs Mac

    Quote Originally Posted by letsgostate View Post
    . (sorry about my typo on Chizik in header)
    Took care of it.



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    Re: Asst. Coaches role..Chizik vs Mac

    Steve...nice analysis...I agree we became predictable. In fact, opposing teams seem to know our routes better than we did at times. Mac commented lots of times during the season, "our system works.." and didn't seem to have an answer for the problems. You may have hit the nail on the head.
    (Thanks C John for the fix)



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