Texas A&M Football: Firing Kevin Sumlin wasn’t the right move

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3. Sumlin’s offensive philosophy worked

Another reason I have concern over a new staff is which direction the new staff wants to go on offense. During the Sumlin era and even dating back to the Sherman days, the offense has been very pass happy. Franchione’s last year was the last time the run offense gained more yards than the pass offense.

I asked my network of friends which coach excited them. I went down a list of about 20 coaches. The one coach I kept hearing about was Les Miles. Think about that for a second, Miles got run out of Baton Rouge mainly due to his lack of creativity on offense.

According to Texags, our class breakdown currently consists of nine scholarship receivers if Kirk leaves early. There’s also only two scholarship tight ends so based on those two positions, the spread isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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Of all the reasons that come up when coaches get fired, philosophy is usually at the back of the line. I’ve always heard coaches will adapt to personnel, that typically does not happen. Remember Jeff Fisher in St. Louis/Los Angeles, look at the Rams now. Or how about Jim McElwain in Florida, did he really adapt? What about Bret Bielema, he went the other way, he changed his own philosophy. Why would you do that?

To some extent, I would even add Steve Spurrier to this list. Were his South Carolina teams really about fun and gun? Maybe he would’ve won more if he did not change his system.

Now here we sit waiting on the new coach, will it be Jimbo Fisher, Chad Morris, Mike Gundy, Chris Petersen, Mike Leach or Justin Fuente? They all run a very similar offense to what we’ve seen around here so that should not upset too many guys on the roster. Anyone else or if we go the defensive route, pay attention and see if the team or Aggieland is having any fun.