March 5, 2013

DotComp: Going deep on Bollman and Warner

EAST LANSING - Rather than hold a press conference to announce the hiring of Jim Bollman and other changes within the coaching staff, Michigan State issued a lengthy press release on Monday.

Unlike most press releases, this one contained some interesting comments from Spartan coaches, including the head man, Mark Dantonio.

Some of the quotes were quite revealing.

A look at Monday's news, the quotes, and my views.

The News:

  • As expected, Jim Bollman has been hired to replace Dan Roushar on the staff.

  • Bollman will serve as co-offensive coordinator.

  • Dave Warner has been promoted to serve as co-offensive coordinator. Warner formerly coached quarterbacks at Michigan State. He will drop that assignment, and become running backs coach, in addition to his new coordinator duties.

  • Brad Salem will now coach quarterbacks. He coached running backs at Michigan State for the previous three seasons.

  • Pat Narduzzi was given the added title of Assistant Head Coach.

    The Quotes & My Views:

    Offensive Changes?

    In Monday's statements, MSU coaches indicated that they will be overseeing changes within the Spartan offense for 2013 - and they hinted that changes were needed.

    This from Warner: "Offensively, we've had a blue-collar approach and it has worked well for us, but it's time to make some tweaks and adjustments.

    "We've accomplished a lot of good things over the last six years, but it's time for all of us to step up and help take this program to new heights."

    Michigan State has appeared in six straight bowl games, the longest streak in school history. The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten title in 2010 and a Big Ten divisional title in 2011.

    Michigan State is the only school in the Big Ten with two bowl wins in the past two years.

    However, the Spartan offense struggled last year amid injuries on the offensive line and the struggles of replacing the most prolific quarterback in school history. Michigan State ranked No. 10 in scoring offense and finished 7-6.

    COMP's Take: Roushar received criticism from fans and media last year, but his offensive philosophy was congruent with Dantonio's. I wouldn't expect major changes. This is still going to be a Spartan offense geared toward establishing a physical run game. Along the way, they will want to achieve balance.

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