I remember what a big deal people made out of that. Beige Bill. He's probably like, seriously this is what you guys want to talk about?
Ganz was amazing. I just watched a few highlights from '08. First, wow - we really didn't have HD tv in '08? Second, if only he could've been a senior in '09 we would've been a serious contender that year.However, the one thing that people forget, he threw all his chips down on Sam Keller in 2007. What if Sam Keller never came here and Ganz got 2 full years starting here?
I think Callahan employed a pro type approach instead of a college approach in his coaching. I don't think he spent much time on fundamentals. He employed a New York Phonebook sized playbook. In practice they didn't correct mistakes they just tried to run as many plays as they could and they tried to correct the mistakes in the meeting room from the film vs on the field. There was no repetition on plays so execution suffered. Just my opinion.
oh, very good points!I've said it before and I'll say it again. What he did was pretty remarkable. In three seasons, he instilled the WCO, and had Nebraska in the CCG. Truly think about that.
Why did he fail? The obvious answer was Cosgrove. Players like Ruud, Moore, and Carriker covered for just how bad Cosgrove and some others on the defensive staff were. I truly wonder if BC has regrets about his time here, because I think he could have done well with some staff changes.
However, the one thing that people forget, he threw all his chips down on Sam Keller in 2007. What if Sam Keller never came here and Ganz got 2 full years starting here?
Totally agree that loyalty was Callahan’s undoing here. Ironic that Cosgrove was a D-Coordinator in the BIG-10. Once Callahan’s Offense got going we could score points but the Defense couldn’t stop anyone. If we had gone to BIG-10 earlier would Cosgrove had done better being familiar with the teams? Wasn’t he D-Coordinator under Alvarez? Would be interesting to see alternate timelines.He was to loyal to his shitty d coordinator. If he fires cosgrove, he may still be at Nebraska. Dude could recruit
This is a good point. Everyone likes to say "if he had a better D-Coordinator, by golly he'd still be here!" But that is not accurate. There were plenty of awful offensive games and even a few where the defense bailed us out. We led the country in sacks in 2005! The defense giving up in 2007 was terrible and they were pretty bad throughout the tenure, but there were plenty plenty of "offensive" games from Callahan's offense as well. We won a game against Pitt 7-6 because we blocked multiple kicks.Cosgrove definitely was a terrible hire for the defensive side of the ball. That said, Callahan had plenty of shortcomings on offense as well. He racked up the yards and points against some weaker opponents, and had some exciting play makers running the ball and in the passing game, but his offense struggled mightily at times against good opponents. I don't think he had the proper mindset to be a college head coach. He was entrenched in an NFL style, transactional view of his roster. He was luring guys in with a dream to get them to the next level. Definitely a big disconnect with program overall and the fan base. That said, I give Callahan a grade of D.
He failed because he had two losing seasons out of four, that were probably the first losing seasons since, what, the 60's? Plus he was an arrogant prick.