I love Badger football. Attending games in the fall is among my favorite activities. I have been to Camp Randall for games coached by Jardine, McClain, Morton, Hilles, Alvarez, and Bielema. I have seen the best and worst Wisconsin football has had to offer.
I am almost, but not quite, ready to ask for a coaching change in UW football. I have, however, jumped off the bandwagon.
Whether or not you enjoyed Barry’s conservative, defense-oriented approach to football, one knew exactly what you were going to get when watching Barry’s Badgers. I have no idea what Bielema’s Badgers are or what they are trying to be. The defense is…non-descript. they don’t tackle well, are not physical, don’t blitz much, don’t defend the pass well, and are shaky against the run. Paul Chryst’s offensive play calling this past year was…well…strange at times caused perhaps by a complete lack of confidence in the capabilities of the quarterback.
The pressure is not on Bielema…the pressure is on Alvarez. The Wisconsin AD has enjoyed a lengthy honeymoon period without having to make a serious administrative decision relating to the UW coaching staff in any sport. Does he stick with Bielema? Does he exert some pressure and encourage some changes in the coaching staff?
The Badger football program has reached a crossroads.