The question I want to put in front of the 11W community is this: If someone were to allege that Luke Fickell is a poor coach (or just a poor defensive coordinator), would you defend him, and why?
I want us all to acknowledge at least two things:
1) Any defensive deficiencies on the current team or last year's are not entirely his fault. He is a co-coordinator, not to mention there are position coaches that have responsibility.
2) His poor year as interim head coach happened to come when the Buckeye QB situation was as poor as it has been in recent memory -- maybe back to the Steve Bellisari era?
I'm not making any accusations, as I am not qualified to say whether Fickell is or is not a good coach/coordinator. But I've seen enough that I think it's fair to ask the question. If I were to make a negative statement about Fickell, it would be that I question anyone who decided that running Joe Bauserman out there was his best option.
So if some national hack decided to write a negative article about Fickell, would you defend him, and why?