What does the hiring of the new coaches imply?
I don’t know about many of you, but it has been several years since I have been impressed with WVU’s offensive line. They seem to alternately struggle at both pass and run blocking.
I can’t help but think the hiring of Joe Wickline had more to do with improving the offensive line than being Holgorsen’s offensive coordinator.
I never understood the hiring of Cogdell, so him being released doesn’t surprise me. However, releasing DeForest baffles me when you look at the performance of Josh Lambert, Nick O’Toole, Karl Joseph, and KJ Dillon who all played under his coaching.
With DeForest gone who is going to coach the kickers? And can Mat Caponi produce safeties like Karl Joseph and KJ Dillon? Replacing DeForest may not be as easy as some think. You can bet there will be a lot of eyes on Caponi.
I realize a lot of people were glad to see DeForest gone, but you have to be careful what you wish for. I for one am not sure Caponi was the best replacement for DeForest and this move could come back to bite Holgorsen.
It may also be noteworthy to find out how much input Tony Gibson had in the decision to release DeForest, and in the hiring of Caponi.One thing for sure, WVU will be a pass first offense in 2016, and this means the OL will have to do a much better job at pass blocking.
Talking about safeties, I expect WVU to lose commit Kyzir White. He probably wants to separate himself from Kevin and Ka’Raun. One concern of mine is the number of commits WVU is losing going into signing day, and I am not seeing or hearing who WVU is going after to replace them.
WVU could lose even more between now and Feb 3, 2016. WVU is currently ranked 41st in recruiting and they could drop even further, especially if they lose 4 star recruit Kazir White. I was hoping to see recruiting improve, but it doesn’t look like it for 2016.