- Nov 2, 2011
Agree with your points and ultimate conclusion. However, I understand why Manny hired his friends. He did not have a well-established "coaching tree" that he could dip into when he was hired. When you are building a team your initial reaction is to hire the most qualified candidates to execute the job, but you also need people who will have your back when things get bumpy.Stop it! Just Stop it! Manny Diaz is fully responsible for the situation at LB'er. First he hired his unremarkable buddies to be DC and LB coached. Secondly they both were unimpressive to recruits. Third both were horrible evaluators. Forth both were not good coaches able to develop talent. Fifth, neither could make in game adjustment so teams kept doing what was working. Only reason these clowns, exception Patke still here, are not still here is because some other teams did us a favor and took them. Lastly, Diaz only brought in Williams and TRob because his buddies left. Unfortunately Williams got DC job at UCF.
Moral of the story? Hire best qualified and accomplished coaches, not your likeness or friends.
Manny was "hands-off" when it came to the offensive staff allowing Enos to make all the decision. He then went conservative and hired his "buddies" on the defensive side to make sure he was protected. Both strategies failed miserably (although I am not convinced Patke is a coaching liability...this year will let me know).
Give Manny some credit. He learns from his mistakes and tries to rectify the problems.