On Wednesday, the Michigan Wolverines and coach Brady Hoke announced that current offensive coordinator Al Borges would not return for the 2014 season. For many supporters of the Maize and Blue, that news was highly welcomed.
Apparently the Wolverines did not make that change without their replacement already determined as it is being reported that Doug Nussmeier, the current offense coordinator at Alabama, is set to assume Borges vacated position in Ann Arbor.
Under Borges, over his past three seasons, the Wolverines have regressed in total production as the group ranked 87th in total offense last season, 79th the year before and 42nd in 2011, the year Hoke took over the program and hired Borges to run the offense.
Alabama on the other hand ranked 33rd this past season and 31st last year in total offense under the guidance of Nussmeier.
Nussmeier is credited as being an offensive guru and has been praised for his ability to develop quarterbacks. Doug also has a history in the Big Ten Conference as he spent three seasons in East Lansing with the Spartans as the quarterbacks coach.
From a Michigan perspective, this move seems like a step-up and should finally bring about the full return to the traditional “pro-style” offense the Wolverines were known for prior to the hiring of Rich Rodriguez.
Brad Hoke is now entering his fourth year and the players he recruited will comprise a majority of the roster for the Wolverines. After watching the Spartans win the conference and Rose Bowl the pressure is on for Hoke to deliver.
Will this change take the program where it finally needs to go? We can only hope.