When Matt Canada was hired as the offensive coordinator in 2012 from Northern Illinois some fans shook their heads wondering what Bielema was doing hiring a coach that ran a spread offense. Further still, some wondered if Bielema was going to put Matt Canada under some sort of strict orders to pound the rock. Well, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it's becoming clear that Bielema wouldn't let Canada out of the cage so to speak.
That is until the Nebraska game and all you need to do is look at the results of that game to see just how good of a game manager and play caller Matt Canada can be. You know, 640 total yards, nine touchdowns and 70 total points against a pretty good Nebraska defense. I'm sure it left you and me both asking where the hell was this offense all year, right?
Potrykus is saying that sources close to the program are telling him that Bret Bielema was restraining what Matt Canada wanted to do with his offense.
To his credit, Canada is saying all the right things - mainly avoiding placing any blame at all on Bielema and saying that injuries and defensive matchups dictated play calling and scheming more than anything else.no comments