Hoke: No Added Pressure to Win in 2014

By Kyle Rowland on July 28, 2014 at 11:55a
57 Comments

CHICAGO – As the fourth season of the Brady Hoke era looms, the head coach himself will tell you there’s been failure in Ann Arbor. That’s because he judges success on whether Michigan wins the Big Ten. The Wolverines have not accomplished that feat for a decade.

The unrest is reaching Rodriguez-esque panic. Michigan is 15-11 the past two years and finished two games under .500 in the conference last season. If the numbers don’t change – and significantly – Michigan could be in line for a new head coach. And the luster for the tradition-rich program would officially start peeling away.

But the attitude is not doomsday. Devin Gardner returns with a year of starting experience, the offensive line should be improved and Greg Mattison’s defense isn’t expected to have a two-year dip.

“Our football team has come together this summer and worked really hard,” Hoke said Monday at Big Ten media days. “It’s as competitive a team that I’ve been around, at all positions. That’s exactly what Michigan, as leaders and the best, should have.”

Notes:

  • Hoke lauded new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. He said Nussmeier comes in with a championship pedigree and credibility in molding quarterbacks. It instills confidence in how Gardner will progress.
  • Jabrill Peppers, one of the nation’s most touted recruits, will start at nickelback, according to Hoke. He warned that Peppers shouldn’t be anointed. It’s not easy for true freshmen.
  • On the East Division, Hoke says it’s going to be competitive. “As far as we’re concerned, we’re looking forward to it.” Michigan has rivals Ohio State and Michigan State to deal with.
  • Last season ended in a tailspin for Hoke, but he doesn’t sense any added pressure. “Why do you coach?” he asked. Hoke said there’s pressure every single day coaching and preparing players for life. Nothing changes because Michigan lost a certain amount of games.
  • Hoke said he and the rest of the Big Ten welcomes tough out-of-conference games. Michigan-ND, Michigan State-Oregon, Wisconsin-LSU, Ohio State-Virginia Tech, etc. “I think our conference is going to play very well in those games.”
  • Michigan and Notre Dame will play for the final time this season. Hoke said there will be added emphasis, a shame that series won’t continue.
  • Hoke said he’s happy Ohio State and Michigan will be in the same division this season and for the foreseeable future. Said the rivalry must live on. 
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DJ Byrnes's picture

THAT'S THE CLOSEST BRADY HOKE'S GOTTEN TO A TROPHY SINCE HE ARRIVED IN ANN ARBOR!111

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

CGroverL's picture

The man has 11 years in as a head coach with 0 conference titles and his best win to date was a Poinsettia Bowl win over Navy in 2009 while with SDSU (his BCS win in 2011 didn't count because Sparty deserved to be in the game, not M*ch*gan). He came to Michigan at 2 games below .500 in 8 years and 3 years later (thanks mostly to his 2011 season) he now sits at (73-63) in his career. Pressure? sure he feels it. The man is not a very good liar. Pressure in AA has some side effects including: foaming at the mouth, acting as if your team has a chance in hell against Sparty and Ohio State this season, intermittent weight gain, anal leakage, and mild death. Consult your physician before taking the head coaching job at M*ch*gan, especially if you are a traitor born in Ohio that resembles the Michelin Man or a version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

The only trophy Hoke is in line for is something that involves that show called "The Biggest Loser" or possibly a Weight Watcher commercial or three. His chair probably hates life. It's a hot and heavy seat.

To be fair, I do believe that Hoke got a trophy for winning the east of the MAC, but his team lost in the championship game. Do you think that the MAC gives out a trophy for winning half of the conference? Oh...and would someone please give me a new nickname for Brady Hoke? Using Michelin Man and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man are getting way too old. He and I were born in the same city so I have some extra hate for him.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

+5 HS
Mookie331's picture

That 2011 win shouldn't count. Danny Coale caught the ball! 

Rudy's picture

So, what are you trying to say? lol

Fatpants's picture

I bet his belt is feeling the pressure.....

+12 HS
What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

Don't see how it couldn't.  Whenever I eat like a Hoke I feel the pressure too. It usually keeps me up and spending quality time in my bathroom from 2-3 AM.

KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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wilkins0802's picture

It doesn't matter what he says...he's sweating the fact that he is now on the hot seat...along with Brandon.

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BuckeyeSouth's picture

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but Hoke's comments don't actually project a lot of confidence in his team.  That would somewhat explain their mediocrity under his leadership (if you can call it that).

Embrace it.

+2 HS
CGroverL's picture

+1....I agree totally. Making solid citizens doesn't compare to making a winning football team nowadays, does it? Where are these great men his team is building anyway?

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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urban86's picture

Brady the Hut....fatter and funnier the ever...his inability to speak only adds to his overall perception...What a joke...Hey Dave Brandon...Brady deserves a 10 year extension...sign him now!!!!

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Fatpants's picture

He needs to knock off the "leaders and the best" garbage. Nothing like telling your mediocre-assed team that they're the best.

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original buckeye's picture

Actually, I'm quite fine with it.  It's that kind of unsubstantiated arrogance/sense of entitlement that makes him think Michigan will win just because they're Michigan.  Meanwhile, they're going 7-6 (3-5 in conference) and losing the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.  And the rest of college football (if they're even paying attention to Michigan anymore) is laughing at that kind of leadership.

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SAK's picture

Hoke is bluffing. He is feeling pressure. How could he not? I'm sure Urban is feeling pressure to win the BIG and make the playoffs. I guess that what makes a Michigan Man a Michigan Man: measurement of success is being average. No pressure there.  

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Jugdish's picture

11W'ers remember this. Never take the sucker bet of taking a shot everytime Brady says "uh". You will have the hangover of the decade.
 

Remember to get your wolverine spayed or neutered. TBDBITL

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NEBuckeye's picture

Whether Brady has reason to be much more confident, much less confident, or about the same as far as *ichigan's potential for success this year, I tend to think his comments to the media and public would be unchanged from this.  His MO seems to be some kind of attempt at playing a mixture of Fort Schembechler and coach speak.

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The Butler's picture

I've trained Canaries in the sport of falconry.

 

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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Hey!  Meyer is NOT Hoke's "daddy"...since Hoke is, well...illegitimate!

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

LOL, I wouldn't feel any pressure either if NO ONE expected me to win.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

Hovenaut's picture

Given what he's devoured accomplished since he's been there, I believe him.

Hate Week runneth over

+4 HS
sharks's picture

They have a pretty favorable schedule. They lose to OSU and MSU. PSU and ND are tossups. That's 10-2 best case, 8-4 worst. Either way, that'll buy at least another year for Hoke.

Plus, old Gerbil Peppers is playing every position on D, as well as WR.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

Rudy's picture

I would say 7-5. Don't forget about App State

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

You should ALWAYS feel pressure to win, no matter where you coach.

How Firm Thy Friendship

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AndyVance's picture

He said all the right things. These are the things I would expect a coach in his position to say; Nussmeier can't help but be an improvement, Peppers will bring his ridiculous talent, and Gardner will almost certainly be better with a year's experience under his belt.

And the "Hoke is fat, har har" jokes really do wear thin after awhile. Get some new material guys. There's a lot out of hilarity out there without going fifth-grade playground (except for Hove's strikethrough - that was clever).

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YTOWNBUCKI's picture

That's not surprising that he's saying the right things.  He's been saying the right things since he's been hired.  It's the on-field product that isn't working out.

Agreed on the fat jokes.  It was funny at first but now it's just a reach by some.  Kudos to Hove on that one.

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AndyVance's picture

Totally agree - talk is cheap, etc. etc. I just find it amusing that we're all so amused by his comments - as if he was supposed to whine and moan about being on the hot seat, or whatever.

+4 HS
YTOWNBUCKI's picture

I wouldn't say I'm amused but I am intrigued to see what he says.  I would say his comments like "this is Michigan football and we need to be better blah blah blah" are comparable to addressing that he's on the hot seat.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

I don't know that he is saying all the right things.  A coach with more courage might acknowledge the pressure, embrace it even, and use it to fuel himself and his team, whereas all Hoke seems to do is sugarcoat it, put some sprinkles on it, maybe a little maple frosting, mmmmm maple frosting.

Boxley's picture

Ok, but did he  really say "Ohio Sate and Michigan State", or did he say "Ohio and Michigan State" Inquiring minds want  the actual transcript.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

I don't know, AV, my wife says I act like a 12 year old most of the time  :)

Can we start talking about his public speaking skills, then? That should be good fodder for at least a year or two (if he's still around!).

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Shangheyed's picture

Need to get a bigger Podium!!  Har HAR!

MN Buckeye's picture

I think Hoke is a decent guy and has a good heart, as we have seen with his welcoming the kid with cancer, but he is an average football coach at best and a poor public speaker. I would much rather read Kyle's synopsis than listen to the man at the podium.

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Burritos Noches's picture

"That’s exactly what Michigan, as leaders and the best, should have.”

And I, as a world-famous rockstar and handsome astronaut, agree with him.

"3 yards and a cloud of dust" - Woody "Pow Right In The Kisser" Hayes

+6 HS
southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Ha Ha!  This made me laugh!

Uh, by the way, was the moon landing really a conspiracy???

+1 HS
bigDbuck's picture

Very disrespectful of the conference to put signs everywhere pointing out how large of a man Brady is!

+4 HS
Buckeye Knight's picture

If Hoke is not feeling pressure, does this mean that TTUN program has come to accept and expect mediocrity?

+2 HS
bigbadbuck's picture

If he's truly not feeling pressure that likely means hes consumed some beano

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here its a war room

Young_Turk's picture

The reason you don't feel pressure in Ann Arbor?  It's because Ann Arbor is a whore!!!  

Hotdog in a hallway.  

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wilkins0802's picture

+1 for you sir...I now have to explain why I laughed out loud in my office.
 

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Young_Turk's picture

My pleasure.  I'm a little familiar with Seabrook.  Had a contract in Houston and would travel down there on weekends.  

fear_the_nut70's picture

I have always prefered a 747 landing in the Grand Canyon.  Different strokes!!

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osu07asu10's picture

Pressure? No...

Now if you asked about indigestion...

Now that I think of it, why hasn't Corporate man Brandon put 2+2 together for a marketing campaign for Brady...maybe a free roll per stadium attendee? Really get the ball rolling on that attendance problem...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

blu.fan's picture

There's no doubt Urban Meyer is a great coach and is doing a great job. But I honestly think Hoke is doing just fine. He isn't on the so-called "hot seat." Offensive Line recruiting was terrible under Rodriguez, and it takes time for an O-Line to be up to speed. This year should be better than last year, and next year better yet. Michigan fans believe that virtually every unit of the team will improve from last year. We look at the linebackers as a strength, the defensive backfield being stronger, the QB with more experience, the receivers more seasoned, and the RB corps improved. The big question will be how long it takes for the OL to gel as a unit. I honestly expect 9 - 3 this year (expecting a loss to OSU, MSU, and one other game.) Am I satisfied? Nope. But I'm willing to be patient. 2015 and 2016 are the seasons where Hoke will rightly be judged.

As regards recruiting, there seem to be plenty of recruits who still want to play for Michigan. While "stars" don't ultimately matter, right now, Michigan has the highest rated recruits in the Big 10 on average for 2015, even including a kicker. The class is small, and so far, Michigan has filled it's needs. I personally love Hoke's style, and the staff he has assembled. Mattison is no slouch, and neither is Nussmeier. One last thing:  the fat jokes are fine. At least Hoke isn't insufferably arrogant (like Charlie Weis.) And I seem to recall a former Buckeye coach who wasn't particularly svelte. This didn't affect his record, as I recall.

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fear_the_nut70's picture

You sir, are an optimist (and I guess this time of year breeds optimism).  Your head coach was basically a .500 HC from a MAC school.  The only good year he has had at AA to date was clearly with RR's seniors.  Every year has gotten a little worse.  MSU has beaten him like a red-headed step child.  While he does have one win against OSU, it was the worst OSU team in almost 2 full decades.  This is doing just fine is it?  Because I can tell you, from the perspective of an OSU fan, we are fine with it.

p.s. in a discussion with a fellow UM guy, I also predicted 9-3 and Cap One Bowl this year.  However, that OOC schedule is so putrid, I'm not sure that is really anything to beat your chest about.

RenegadeBuckeye's picture

I'm on your side Blu...I say give Hoke 20 more years.

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The Rill Dill's picture

Great coaches don't take 5-6 years to turn the tide.  Great programs------don't ALLOW it.

BuckUte's picture

Let's be candid...dude should feel like he is in a hyperbaric chamber. 

“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”
– Paul Brown

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

OK Brady, your team just went 7-6 last year and your record has declined each year since getting to AA.  If he says there's no additional pressure, then either:

  • He's lying
  • He's naive or delusional
  • TTUN has accepted mediocrity

Class of 2010.

+1 HS
Alex Boones Liver's picture

He will feel the pressure when his butt hits on the pavement when he is shown the door...better reinforce the sidewalks around Schembechler Hall...

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

If Flounder doesn't feel the heat then he is dumber than he sounds!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Kingbuck12's picture

Bye bye fat boy. You have no chance this season even with that weak weak schedule. I will be sooooooo sad to see you go. I can't help but love to see ichigan  in mediocrity. Middle to last place baby. Shoot for the stars buffet boy. 

Kingbuck12

BuckInNashville's picture

Gentlemen - speaking as a man living in SEC country, the fat Brady jokes sound eerily similar to Alabama fans. The only difference is that you're not ending your sentences with "roll tide".  How about criticizing his recruiting, his coaching hires, and his game plans?  We already get the point about his weight.

Oyster's picture

Nuss was hired to replace Borges because he doesn't eat as much.  Roll Tide!

+3 HS
Oldschoolbuck's picture

The wife just asked me what the he** was so funny, Oyster! Thanks.

Kingbuck12's picture

Hahahahaha up vote for you oyster. We are just having a little fun Nashville,we arent rednecks from Alabama. Remember we live in Ohio and we Hate ichigan thats all. Roll buckeyes. Lol

Kingbuck12