I do not think O will be an “epic failure” like he was at Ole Miss. And by that, i mean I don’t think we’re looking at the Curley days again.
I do however think we’re probably looking more at DiNardo type level.
and that simply is not good enough anymore.
when Miles was fired, it was to move FORWARD and at least compete for titles.
and we hired a guy who has never in his entire life at any point even come remotely close or even show a glimpse of being capable of doing what we were asking him to do. EVER.
Nick Saban took over a Mich St team that was decimated with NCAA probation. Never had a losing season and got them into the top 10 in the country. a place they hadn’t been since the mid 60s.
So while he was not yet a championship coach, the indicators of future success were there.
Les Miles took over a floundering OK St. program. and produced 3 straight winning seasons. Something no coach (including Jimmy Johnson) was able to do since the mid 70s. so again, not a championship yet, but by improving the school, he showed indicators of future success.
then there is O. nothing anywhere on his resumé shows he can build a team and improve them from his predecessor. so it’s “hope and pray”. and literally no other coach in the 100+ year history of college football has followed his career path and won a title. not a single one.
and by his own words, he said his biggest mistake (that he allegedly learned from) while at Ole Miss was to force OC Noel Mazzone to run an offense that wasn’t really his own, and fire him after one year. Which is almost EXACTLY what he just did again.
i love Ensminger and think he’s a good playcaller.
But whose offense is going to run? Canada’s? probably not.
Which means he needs to install a new one. Something he hasn’t done in over 20 years.
our biggest issue over the last decade has been not evolving on offense and needing something new and innovative.
O’s answer to that is to hire a guy whose last offense was a similar system to what Morris Watts ran here with Herb Tyler. That does not fit the description of new or innovative
and no other human on this staff has ever installed a college offense. Not. a. single. one.