Good post.When I first saw this report this morning, I was pissed that Fleck's agent was doing this garbage after such a terrible year. Fleck just got a raise, you want to hold the University up (and worry Gopher fans)? How about filling that trophy case or putting a B1G West banner up somewhere?
The more I thought about it, I was no longer convinced this was coming from Fleck's agent. The idea that an NFL team would be interested in Fleck after the year he had and his reputation in coaching circles (more of a motivator/manager than X's and O's guy) is so unbelievable that it couldn't be used for leverage. That leads me to believe that its possible that one NFL franchise is actually this dumb (and I say that as someone who thinks highly of Fleck). I know you couldn't bring Ferentz in to an NFL locker room right now, but I'd put Fitzgerald/Chryst/Ferentz ahead of PJ just in B1G West coaches as potential NFL fits right now. There's even an argument for Brohm as offensive minds are currently coveted right now above Coach Fleck as well.
I hope PJ's here for a long time, but few things can cut down your momentum in a job more than your name constantly being out there for other jobs. If it happens after a good year, it just is used against you in recruiting. If it happens after a bad year, it's used against you in recruiting and your own fan base starts to get annoyed.
It's funny, Ferentz was one of the college coaches you always heard about getting NFL interest.
The thing with PJ is that I think he is a really good teacher, coach and leader of a team but he really isn't flashy at all. His personality and his offense don't really match. I think it's actually part of his success. I think because PJ coaches WR, has offenses that put up big numbers and kind of looks like those offensive wunderkinds (Sean McVay, Kevin Stephanski, Kyle Shanahan, Kliff Kingsbury, Zach Taylor) that people get the wrong impression.
In my opinion, PJ's strong preference is for a simple power running game and then an efficient but simple passing game based off playaction and to keep it pretty simple. I think PJ is a much better coach but Brohm will have a more innovative offense than PJ.
I'm not saying PJ wouldn't be successful because he clearly understands how to manage large groups of people. But I've seen his name thrown in during numerous discussions when they talk about innovative offensive minds. I think PJ's coaching style is innovative in a lot of ways off the field, on the field. . . he is about as throwback as it comes.