By now we've all heard the news of the change at offensive line coach, but moving forward and looking to the Utah State game the focus should turn to what this move does to help cure what ails the Badgers offense.
So, we proposed the question: Can the change that Bielema made from Markuson to Miller spark the offensive line and/or this team and turn this offense around? Or Is the damage already done?
Cole Brown: There's no doubt in my mind that this is a talented offense line. Obviously, Markuson couldn't bring that talent out to the field, and that's why he got the axe so quickly. If Miller can come in and spark the offense line, this season will turn around fast. Honestly, the offense line is the key to the whole offense, which Bielema knows. We're just going to have to see how they come out and play Saturday.
Arman Belding: I have my doubts about how quickly this offensive line will improve. I agree that the talent is there, but maybe the leadership isn't. These players were coached by Markuson since the Spring. That's a lot of months of learning his technique, vs one week of switching to Miller. I can't rightly make a judgment call on Miller until I see production on the field, so I can't predict how they'll do. All I can say, is that I don't expect any massive leap forward in performance. If there is a change, it will be because leadership rose to the top, either from players or coaches, motivating them to play better against Utah State.
Nate Woelfel: As far as I see it, the offensive line woes go a bit beyond the new coaching philosophy. With that being said, I think that, in the long term, this change will be what the offensive line needed. However, using the term "spark" may not be appropriate.
Miller is going to go back to some familiar terminology and methods, but it will take a little time for the line to get back on board with the old way of doing things.
Andy Coppens: I think Arman hit it on the head. Change will come in form of new leadership from Miller. If the only issue with Markuson was some sort of personal issue back home I don't think you see him leaving until the end of the season. It's clear there was a breakdown with communication, motivation, or whatever you want to call it.
From what the players have said since Miller was promoted there seems to be a breath of fresh air. Utah State has a stout front and if we can get the ground game going that just proves Bielema made the right call. If we can't then maybe it's time to start looking at this offensive line as just not that good?no comments