Thank heavens. Petersen saves us from Nussmeier. Maybe Nussmeier makes a good head coach, but his profile to this point is Darrell Bevell-esque.
I'm going to give some point by point analysis on this hire, some of it might not be 100% complimentary. That doesn't mean I think this hire is anything less than fantastic for UW.
Okay then, is Petersen an upgrade over Sark? In terms of reputation, obviously, but I won't give Petersen the edge until we see how his assistant coaching staff fills out. Do we keep Wilcox and Tosh L.? This must be job one for Petersen.
I haven't watched a ton of Boise State, but I did think that Sark clearly outcoached Petersen in their head to head season opener this year. Petersen was not prepared for that game at all. I also thought that Boise States play selection was incredibly uninspiring. They called a ton of dumpoff passes for 5 yards or less. It was the same in the bowl game the year before. That said, it was a totally different style of offense when Kellen Moore and Doug Martin were there, Moore had a weak arm but he took a ton of shots down the field. BSU's QB this year was a smart, quick QB, but he had some issues with arm talent and also confidence, so that might explain the ultra-pussyfied play calling.
I think Petersen's two biggest assets are his name brand which will help recruiting and his phenomenal track record with developing players for the NFL. The fact that he turned a 6'0", no tools nobody from a remote SE Washington High School into one of college football most prolific ever QBs speaks volumes.
Petersen recruits better than Sark, IMO. Sark might get the better scout/rivals ratings, but he did it by recruiting a gajillion high rated skill position players, whereas Petersen has done a very good job of recruiting and developing offensive and defensive linemen. I thought Sark was doing a good job, but even I thought he'd probably never bring us physical Don James football. Petersen may not be Nick Saban, but his teams play physical.
To me the biggest thing about this change is how it impacts next years starter at QB. Petersen seems to prefer "Tony Romo" type QBs instead of the more athletic types that dominate UW's roster. I expect he'll give all 3 QBs an honest competition next Spring, if Miles was the anointed one he probably isn't any more, though he of course might still win the job. A big bullet in Miles favor is that Petersen is not afraid of QBs with piss poor arms. I just hope the best QB on the team gets the job, and I hope that Miles isn't the best option available. Whatever happens, I trust Petersen's judgement as his track record with under-talented QBs is as good as anybody.
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