Ryan Ermanni: It's time for Michigan football to win

Ryan Ermanni: It's time for Michigan football to win

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When the announcement was made on Wednesday that Michigan had fired offensive coordinator Al Borges, every Michigan football fan let out a collective sigh.  Borges had a target on his back from day one and by the end of year three, Michigan fans had certainly seen enough. 

So, you can imagine the reaction when Brady Hoke announced that he didn't see any changes coming on his staff once the season ended.  That was after the teams ninth loss in 10 years to Ohio State.  

So whatever happened over the last few weeks from the time that statement was made to the time that Borges was fired yesterday, who knows? Guessing the teams ugly offensive showing in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl played a role.  However, more significantly, in my opinion, the man pulling the strings on everything is athletic director Dave Brandon. 

Brandon is the money man, he knows the fan base is more unhappy now then ever before (and yes I understand that Rich Rodriguez used to be the head coach). Combine that with one of the weakest home schedules in the history of Michigan football and Brandon had to act.  It's my belief that Brandon forced his Hoke's hand here.  Again, that's my opinion.  Whatever the case maybe, it was the right call. Borges couldn't come back in any way, shape or form.

That led to Thursday's announcement that the Wolverines had hired Alabama Offensive Coordinator Doug Nussmeier to replace Borges.

A couple of things about this: First, don't think for a second that Michigan STOLE Nussmeier from Alabama.  I think Michigan fans are not being honest with themselves if they think Nussmeier chose the Wolverines over the Crimson Tide.  Alabama was ready for a new OC and that's why Lane Kiffin was contacted to "share ideas" with Saban during the season and he interviewed for the OC position in Alabama on Thursday.  However, if you're a Michigan fan, who cares? Nussmeier is an obvious upgrade from Borges.  I'll take Nick Saban's scraps any and every day of the week.  

What will Michigan's offense look like under Nussmeier?  First thing to look at is Alabama's attack during his two years there.  It was a balanced game plan, in 2013 the Crimson Tide averaged 248.6 passing yards/game and 208 rushing yards/game.  When you look at the Wolverines, it was the rushing game that really opened eyes.  It was non-existent and for the first time in as long as I can remember that team got pushed around like they were being bullied by the bigger kids on a weekly basis.  Michigan averaged 125 rushing yards/game but that is a generous.  In two games this season Michigan had negative rushing yards (-48 vs. MSU, -21 vs. NEB).  You can't win that way in the Big Ten.  You can't win that way in football.  And further, you can't play like that at Michigan.

Nussmeier is highly regarded by his former players.  From A.J. McCarron (ALA) to Drew Stanton (MSU) they all have talked about how special Nussmeier has been in helping their careers.  Yes, Nussmeier was on John L. Smith's staff at MSU and helped groom Stanton who is still playing in the NFL.  Hopefully he can have the same impact on Devin Gardner, Shane Morris and incoming freshman Wilton Speight.  

I like the hire of Nussmeier but as a Michigan alum, I'm tired of winning the press conference. It's time to win on the field where it matters because let's face it, if they don't start winning in 2014, Dave Brandon may not be targeting a coordinator.  You can figure things out from there.

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