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.
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