Do the Purdue Boilermakers Have Anything this Year?

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Darrell Hazell certainly wasn’t looking for any quick fixes his first year with the Purdue Boilermakers.

That can be used as an excuse, but it’s still hard to explain 1-11 after firing a coach who had gone to two straight bowl games. It was an inexplicable collapse with a coach who has a Jim Tressel-based conservative, ball control system that turned Kent State into a winning program.

Was it a drastic culture change that caused the drop-off? Possibly.

Sep 14, 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell watches warmups before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Ross-Ade Stadium. Notre Dame won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

But in reality, there is one other major explanation to what happened in addition to the youth: a complete change of style. As mentioned earlier, Hazell comes from the Tressel mold of conservative coaching, which was a drastic change for the offense. The defense made the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4, which is always the most difficult schematic switch in football.

Put all of that together, and a fall-off is understandable. It also bodes well for the future with so many young guys playing.

But was it all enough to justify 1-11? And can anybody guarantee significant improvement this year? That depends on the talent Hazell has. Continue to Next Slide for Offense

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