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  • Stitt Set This Program Back for Years

    As you know, I harped frequently about the recruiting practices of Bob Stitt. Some fans defended him. But, after reading the interview with Bobby Hauck talking about all of the holes in the roster left to him by Stitt, it has become very apparent just how deeply the hiring of that joker actually set our program back. Wasting 20 scholarships on WRs, and placing no emphasis on recruiting defense has left Bobby with a total re-building job, complete with band-aid patches of moving players around to different positions to attempt to fill holes. It is very sad to read Hauck talk about how many holes we have in our roster. Bobby tries his best to be diplomatic in interviews, but it is very obvious that he can not believe the level of athlete that he has been left to coach. Don't expect miracles from him, as he just doesn't have the horses to put a great team on the field. We are looking at 2-3 years before we can expect to be where we were when he left the program. Here is a clip from his interview in which he laments the roster situation:

    STATS: How about the level of talent that you have in the program right now. Can you give your assessment of it?

    BH: Now that we're halfway through spring ball, I have a pretty good feel for it. We knew this to a degree coming in, but
    it's really made itself clear as spring ball has gone on that we're shorthanded at some positions. We had all kinds of wide
    receivers on scholarship and no O-linemen, no safeties, no corners. We're short-handed at some positions and we're
    trying to shuffle some of the deck, move some pieces around and try to get some serviceable guys in some spots. It's
    going to take some recruiting cycles to get it back to where it was when we left.

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    It gets worse everytime I read it.....

    Let's hope our D-coordinator has some magic up his sleeves, as I don't think our O-line has the horses to make this offense work.

    Although, I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Bobby brings in @ least 2 dropdown O-lineman to build depth/possibly start right away, along with a corner and RB.

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    • #3
      It is tragic that Stitt was able to con so many people resulting in close to destroying the football program. He didn’t even understand the offense he was trying to run!
      Bobby is a great coach and has wonderful assistants, so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t lose more than a game or two.

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      • #4
        Stitt was billboarded as a genius on offense. I have suspected for sometime that it wasn’t Stitt’s offense as was advertised, but instead “borrowed” elsewhere.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by spanky1 View Post
          Stitt was billboarded as a genius on offense. I have suspected for sometime that it wasn’t Stitt’s offense as was advertised, but instead “borrowed” elsewhere.
          One really has to look at the West Virginia/Clemson bowl game from a few years ago when discussing Stitt’s rise to fame. His name was thrown around as much as Tavon Austin’s
          was after that game. The fly sweep play took on a life of its own and the rest was history....

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          • #6
            So who originally had the idea of the fly sweep?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CV Griz Fan View Post

              One really has to look at the West Virginia/Clemson bowl game from a few years ago when discussing Stitt’s rise to fame. His name was thrown around as much as Tavon Austin’s
              was after that game. The fly sweep play took on a life of its own and the rest was history....
              Do you realize that the wonderful fly sweep was merely a small variation of the jet sweep, which had been run for years? The only difference in the two is that the WR runs in front of the QB and takes the ball in the air, making it a forward pass instead of a hand-off. The supposed advantage being that.... if the WR drops the ball, it is just an incomplete pass instead of a fumble. It should be noted that 90% of the teams run the older jet-sweep version, and NOT the fly sweep.

              Nevertheless, to hire a Division II 0.500 record coach at Montana based upon him "inventing" a gimmick play is ridiculous! It should be noted that Stitt ran his own fly sweep only about 5 times during his three years here, with poor results.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by growler View Post

                Do you realize that the wonderful fly sweep was merely a small variation of the jet sweep, which had been run for years? The only difference in the two is that the WR runs in front of the QB and takes the ball in the air, making it a forward pass instead of a hand-off. The supposed advantage being that.... if the WR drops the ball, it is just an incomplete pass instead of a fumble. It should be noted that 90% of the teams run the older jet-sweep version, and NOT the fly sweep.

                Nevertheless, to hire a Division II 0.500 record coach at Montana based upon him "inventing" a gimmick play is ridiculous! It should be noted that Stitt ran his own fly sweep only about 5 times during his three years here, with poor results.
                Concur. My only point about the hoopla surrounding that bowl game was Austin’s stellar performance in it which curiously took somewhat of a backseat to Stitt’s apparent contributions on the design of that play. Great players make coaches look good....

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                • #9
                  Granted.

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                  • #10
                    That made him an offensive genius?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by spanky1 View Post
                      That made him an offensive genius?
                      Not IMO. The WVU coach did credit Stitt’s input on the design of that play after the big win over Clemson but things just got crazy and over-hyped after that. That’s really when you first started hearing the “genius” talk about Stitt. I certainly think it got over blown. Plus, designing plays and being a good HC are two different things....

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                      • #12
                        Stitt's offense was the Texas Tech Mike Leach offense.......... nothing more. There are only so many iterations of the spread offense, and too many coaches taking credit for "their version" of that spread, based almost entirely on adding a play or two to an existing offense. Bottom line is, Mike Leach's offense has never, and will never be successful against great defenses.

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                        • #13
                          Hard to win with any offense if you don’t understand the importance of Special Teams or Defense.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by spanky1 View Post
                            Hard to win with any offense if you don’t understand the importance of Special Teams or Defense.
                            Couldn't agree more! Lots of teams have won championships with rather pedestrian offenses, but having great defenses and special teams. I can't think of any championships won by teams fielding a great offense, but a weak defense.

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                            • #15
                              On the flip side, Bobby is the master at coaching basics, especially special teams.
                              His players have always executed at a high level in all phases of the game.

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