Michigan football hasn’t been the same for a long time, and won’t be with the incapable, deterring presence of coach Brady Hoke roaming the sidelines.
Coach hoke is looking like a joke to Michigan fans and sports analysts all around the nation. Michigan, a very respected, highly acknowledged program, is quickly turning into a MAC school with its degraded play. How Hoke is still able to front these sidelines with the prestigious title as coach is beyond the minds of great sports watchers around the nation.
Don’t make excuses; don’t say he’ll right the ship eventually; don’t say it’s his players; don’t feed nonsense to the public. It’s none of that. Michigan’s frightening losses and its nauseating play are a direct indictment on Hoke’s incompetence. Hoke isn’t a coach worthy of Michigan football stature; if he’s not axed soon, Michigan’s reputation will be blemished with mediocrity for years to come.
Hoke’s first season, where he went 11-2, is possibly the most bittersweet attribute to his Michigan career. He rode the highs, appearing to be a “Michigan man”, but now looks like an uncertain, wandering soul on the sidelines, since Michigan hasn’t claimed a luminous season since.
In fact, Michigan’s gotten progressively worse, falling to lackluster records the previous years. In 2012, they were 8-5, and in 2013, they were 7-6. How on earth can Hoke win with another coach’s (Rich Rodriguez) players, only to slip to subpar records with his own? That makes absolutely no sense, and shows that Hoke cannot build a firm, respectable team.
Face the facts: Hoke’s only beaten Michigan State and Ohio State each once — the lone Michigan State victory coming off of only field goals. Hoke’s teams were ill-prepared, degrading their play to the levels of lower, unequal teams. In 2013, Michigan nearly lost to Akron, Connecticut, and Northwestern. If you have raised eyebrows, you absolutely should. How can those games even be close?! Those teams aren’t on Michigan’s level, or stature for that matter. That’s a complete joke; it’s something one wouldn’t even expect to hear in a fantasy world. How about Michigan’s absolute dismantlement in their last bowl game, where Kansas State annihilated them 31-14? Need we forget Michigan’s heartbreaking loss against Ohio State last season, where Michigan scored a final touchdown, and had the chance to tie the game, in which “coach” Hoke took it upon himself to deem the final play of the game — an extra point to tie, or a two point conversion to win — up to the seniors? Isn’t that a coach’s job? Isn’t a coach supposed to choose? That’s completely laughable.
Fast forward to this season: Michigan’s offensive line is putrid, quarterback Devin Gardner is completely nonrhythmic, and Michigan looks even worse than their previous abominable seasons. Michigan was pounded by Notre Dame 31-0, and kept the game far too close with the university of Miami, Ohio. Michigan’s reputation shrivels as we speak; it’s only going to get worse.
We can install false hope into Hoke, but it won’t pay off. Michigan nearly loses to lackluster, lower-class teams, doesn’t fair well against division rivals — getting shut out against Notre Dame in their final game against them — and is pushed around. Zero points against Notre Dame? Normally division losses are at the very least close, but zero points?! That should never occur in Michigan football. Not to mention, he allows his players to make decisions in heated games. The team’s gone on a downward spiral, and shows no signs of improvement. Hoke has not improved his own men, failing to rectify a proud Michigan team. Michigan’s offense isn’t as inspiring under Hoke; the running game and quarterback play have been incredibly underwhelming. Hoke stubbornly refused to rid Michigan of a miserable offensive coordinator in Al Borges. It’s clear that Hoke cannot make adequate decisions for the benefit of Michigan football. Outside of Hoke’s lucky 2011 season, Michigan doesn’t receive credible rankings anymore, ranking in the bottom twenties in the AP Top 25’s poll in 2012, while failing to make USA Today’s poll, and went unranked by both polls last year, and this year — which is unheard of for a football program of such prominence.
If Michigan hopes to regain its credible stature, they must rid themselves of Hoke and his inept ways. Otherwise, Michigan football will cease to be even a slight memory of the team we once enjoyed.