Reactions To Dantonio's Staff Changes Are Quite Something (And Rather Hilarious)

Reactions To Dantonio's Staff Changes Are Quite Something (And Rather Hilarious)

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Reactions To Dantonio's Staff Changes Are Quite Something (And Rather Hilarious)

The reactions to the moves Mark Dantonio made to his offensive coaching staff continue to populate the Twitter.  The Twitterverse is full of really smart, really important people and these Twitterers who have small critiques of Dantonio’s approach are, obviously, at the very top of the list of smart and important Twitterers.

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Let’s try to take a step back and just observe and consider the reactions to Mark Dantonio’s offensive staff shakeup from the perspective of human behavior.

There are humans who have attacked the Twitter with substantial amounts of complaints that might give a Social Science expert materials to conduct a year’s worth of study, observation, and eventual pontification about the downfall of American society.

I wrote a piece the other day about SpartansWire’s support of Dantonio’s decision to move Brad Salem into the role of offensive coordinator and one of the smart Twitterers who, I think, fancies himself a “journalist” asked that I not call people names and not insult people and, basically, not be mean because that stuff hurts my ability to make my points.

I wish someone would have shared that wisdom with me twenty years ago – my life and career would have taken such a different (and far more productive) series of turns.

The point made by the journalist was, of course, perfectly fair and since I’m a supporter of the First Amendment I appreciate the opinion and the position.

But, perhaps his wisdom introduces the opportunity to point out some of the Twitterers who have expressed the opinions and perspectives that were a part of what led to me referring to disappointed (to say the least) fans as Alarmists, Extremists, Populists, and, of course, Experts (none of which really qualifies as me “calling people names” but that’s splitting hairs).

Let’s dive in on a few of the critiques of the moves that Dantonio has made and let’s see if these are rational, smart, well-thought out positions, shall we?

Keep in mind, this isn’t even a fraction of the Twitters and things that fall into this category – there are countless Twitters and things that are like these we’ve picked….

First, there’s DougAU22 –

And this is why his legacy will be forever be stubbornness, and unfortunately the Big Ten titles, Rose Bowl and Playoff will all be an afterthought. – @DougAU22 

Hmm.

Three Big Ten Titles, a Rose Bowl Championship, a Cotton Bowl Championship, a decade of domination over Michigan State’s chief rival, the College Football Playoff all an afterthought.

Yeah, I can see how that makes sense.

Since we’re being extreme with our perspectives here, I’ll admit this reminds me of a somewhat relative comparison to how most Alabama fans see all of Bear Bryant’s championships as an afterthought since his final victory came over Illinois in the Liberty Bowl (most rational Alabama fans found it unacceptable that The Bear had allowed the program to fall to such depths that called for the team to even play in the Liberty Bowl).

Good stuff, @DougAU22.

It’d be interesting to have a time machine and go back to be able to listen to what @DougAU22 was saying on the night of January 1st, 2014 about Mark Dantonio’s stubbornness.

Coach D says he would be irate if he brought in someone new and it failed miserably. Maybe he would understand how irate his fanbase is right now with the current staff that failed miserably. – @spartythumber 

Okay, @spartythumber.

That message isn’t necessarily all that hysterically insane.

However, how “irate” were you when this group of coaches led this program to the greatest run (2013-2015) in the history of the program and have you stopped to think that that run really didn’t happen all that long ago?

I was at the Rose Bowl on January 1st, 2014 and that entire experience won’t ever be an afterthought and it’ll be something I’ll literally think about on my deathbed.

Also – what would you suggest Coach D do?  And I don’t mean “clean house.”  I mean, literally and specifically – who are the coaches you would hire, in what positions would you put them in, and what specifics would you apply to your offensive schemes for the Spartans?

So sad. Stubborn pride is burning the program to the ground. A real AD wouldn’t put up with this @BillBeekman – @davejakes

Well, @davejakes gets a little bit of credit for actually having his name on his handle rather than having a handle that allows for anonymity like most Twitterers.

“…burning the program to the ground.”

Hmm.

Question for @davejakes:

Do you know that the program to which you’re referring is Michigan State and that prior to Mark Dantonio’s arrival, the program had wandered around in the college football wilderness for close to fifty years?

Have you really stopped to think about what this staff – led by Mark Dantonio – has actually built out of the ashes of what could have been legitimately described as the most underachieving college football program in America?

Also – your Twitter is thick with irony.

Mark Dantonio’s “pride” is one of the things that has played an essential role in making Michigan State one of the ten or twelve most successful programs over the last decade.

Nobody loves MSU fball more than me. Nobody. But I have had it with this BS. Coach D is going to burn down everything he has built. Sad, sad, sad. – @PetrowskiScott

Again with the burning everything down?

Have I missed a report somewhere that Dantonio has some sort of penchant for pyrotechnics and/or pyromania?

And the “BS” – I know, I’ve had it too with all of the winning, the championships, the beating of the school down the street, the magical and forever memorable moments, the epic victories, and the pride and passion with which the program has performed over the last decade.

The offense stunk this season and has been the program’s glaring weakness for several years.

The flames are white hot and I’m tired of all of this “BS,” too.

I feel you, @PetrowskiScott.

Keep bringing it.

Very telling decision by a Coach that has proven he is a total idiot in the name of friendship. Michigan goes out and does exactly what I have preached since Oct. Go out and get a coach or coaches from the SEC and get some new fresh competitive minds that have recruiting connections in areas other than the 100 mile radius of East Lansing. Look who he has picked, someone who has no achievements or connection for recruiting. An absolute walk on in the coaching world. Let’s step up the criticism over the next year until we fire Dantonio back to AKRON, CINCINNATI, or AUGUSTANA. As a defensive coordinator. Not a head coach. He has reached his Peter Principle ceiling. He is a total fraud and has now proved it in the name of loyalty, This isn’t the Boy Scouts.  Shame on the media for letting him get away with this BS. – Alan R

There is more here than I’ll ever be able to address since I have stuff I have to do when I’m not journalisming.

Aside from the ALL CAPS that I love, I have to give special props to the way this guy actually does call Dantonio a “name” when he says that Dantonio “has proven he is a total idiot,” and the way he’s cleverly and deftly integrated the use of “Peter Principle,” into this smart commentary.

But what is especially interesting is the way Alan R has gone the route of complaining about how Dantonio hasn’t done what the head coach at Michigan has done.

Perhaps it’s worth the reminder that there are other things that Dantonio has done that the head coach at Michigan hasn’t done:

Win three Big Ten Championships.

Win the Rose Bowl.

Win the Cotton Bowl.

Earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Dominate his rival over 12 years with a record of 8-4 that includes epic and never-to-be-forgotten victories at times when people were wondering if Dantonio had “hit the ceiling.”

Defeat Ohio State teams “destined” for national championships in epic and sensational fashion.

Alan R didn’t stop with “total idiot” either.

He went with “total fraud” a few lines later.

And he pointed out that “This isn’t the Boy Scouts.”

That guy who had issues with my piece the other day when he said I shouldn’t call people names and insult people – he’s smart and his perspective is great and he’s absolutely right that I shouldn’t point out that there are Alarmists, Extremists, Populists, and Experts who are yelling and screaming their heads off while revealing themselves to be pretty silly.

As 54-year old alumni, I am shocked to read some of these ridiculous comments on coach Dantonio. He has brought more credibility and stability to Michigan State football program than any other coach since Duffy Daugherty. Please stop printing their asinine comments and questions. It upsets us proud Alums who know better. – Billy M

Billy M appears to be the type of person who understands stuff.

I think Billy M might even understand – and maybe even appreciate – when people write satirical (and even fun) stuff that points out how silly so much of this is.

Billy M also appears to be a person who might not be in sync with some of the Yellers, Alarmists, Screamers, and Experts who are of a different age.

The people who are of a different age than Billy M have a tendency to know a lot about stuff that they don’t know anything about.

But that’s an entirely different topic and it isn’t fair for me to necessarily allude to the people who are of a different age than Billy M in this way since not all of them know everything about things they don’t know anything about.

Okay – yes, it’s perfectly fine for people to have strong opinions about how and why they think Mark Dantonio made the wrong moves and should have done something else.

But isn’t it fair for journalismers to offer thoughts on how calling Mark Dantonio a “total idiot” and a “total fraud” and saying that he’s “burning the program to the ground” and saying that it’s all “BS” and how he should do what the guy down the street who hasn’t won a single thing has done?

Folks – let’s see how this goes.

Let’s see what Brad Salem can do with the offense.

Let’s see if the offensive line improves a bit under Jim Bollman and if that can lead to the running game being able to add 30 or 40 yards per game to the attack.

Let’s see if Dave Warner can maybe take a deep breath and find some new energy and excitement in getting back to coaching quarterbacks, something he was very good at prior to being the offensive coordinator of the team that won two of Dantonio’s three Big Ten Championships.

Let’s let the man who has had more success than any other coach in the program’s history other than Duffy Daugherty (and soon will have more wins than Duffy) roll up his sleeves and do what he knows needs to be done.

And let’s all try to remember –

The Spartan defense – led by Mark Dantonio’s guy, Mike Tressel – is among the best units in the nation.

 

The Spartan offense doesn’t have to become the greatest offense in the nation.

The offense merely needs to become a unit that can control the ball, capitalize on redzone opportunities, get stronger and meaner and better in the trenches, leverage playmakers appropriately, and score a few more points.

And, just to be clear, when I say that the unit needs to “score a few more points,” I don’t mean that literally – the unit needs to score quite a few more points.

This can work, Spartans.

And if it doesn’t – well, I’ll certainly recognize that and I’ll hammer away at the things I think need to be addressed.

But how about we just sit tight and see how this thing goes?

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