Despite a very mediocre and very un-Michigan like 7-5 regular season you’d think some changes where necessary within the coaching staff heading into the following season.
That doesn’t seem to be the case for Brady Hoke who’s Michigan team went 7-5 during the regular season following a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State but also suffered their fair share of inexcusable close calls.
Here’s what Brady had to say to the media regarding any possible staff changes for 2014 (via Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com):
“I anticipate (this) staff (to be back),” Hoke said after attending a UAW/Ford Child Identity Program event at Ford Field.
Asked again, if he does not anticipate any staff changes for the 2014 season, Hoke responded with the following: “Correct.”
Hoke was also asked whether or not quarterback Devin Gardner would be back for a fifth season, Hoke also didn’t hesitate indicating he’ll be back.
Now I may take some flak for this but whatever, I’m okay with Gardner coming back and being slated as the No. 1 quarterback heading into 2014. Based off what happened this season there’s a much greater need for the coaching staff to get this team beating rivals and making the B1G Championship next year. Gardner I believe gives the Wolverines the best chance to do that over Shane Morris (who should’ve been red shirted this year but whatever).
However, when you’re averaging just 382.8 yards per game and ranked No. 83 nationally in terms of offense you’re leaving your fans and alums with a very apparent impression that what happened this season is good enough and that you believe in something that hasn’t shown a whole lot of promise in the first place. At least not against better teams which was the same problem Rich Rod had during his tenure in Ann Arbor.