Miller: Gophers coach's party line remains tempered

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 9, 2012 - 11:27 AM

Jerry Kill refuses to hype a flawed 4-1 team, to the chagrin of success-starved football fans.

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bayfield63Oct. 9, 12 5:14 AM

I was hoping for a bowl game this season. This team has weak areas and is short on quality players and will be hard pressed to get there. I agree with Coach Kill that there is no margin for error.

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kinnickOct. 9, 12 5:46 AM

Hey Jerry,many teams have lots of young players,we've heard this line for 51 years.You were routed by a very average Iowa team at best!

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gregory58Oct. 9, 12 7:13 AM

Beat a good (not great) NW and all is well, there is no secret here, we all knew the program was in the crapper and the team flawed. Looking for steady improvment and a program with direction. Kill is the kind of coach that can change the culture of losing at MN, and that is the biggest challenge (see Wisconsin when Alvarez first took over).

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arielbenderOct. 9, 12 7:23 AM

There's nothing about this program to tout yet. They beat teams that any Big 10 team SHOULD beat. The fact that this is viewed as some sort of major accomplishment illustrates how much this program is in the dumpster. I like Kill and think he's the guy for the job, but there's nothing to celebrate yet. Some wins in the conference will signal a true turn around.

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dewarfOct. 9, 12 9:15 AM

"Young" is this year's excuse. How about recruiting some skill players, coach? Or bringing them out on the field ready to play, rather than being down 24-0 at halftime? Maturi and Mona hired a third-tier coach (the only one who would talk to them) and the results show it. Yes, he's a nice guy. But his coaching skills and recruiting success to date will not get the job done against conference foes this year or next year or the next year. Observe closely, Norwood. You'll need to make a coaching change sooner rather than later. It has already been too long for Gopher FB fans and the empty seats at The Bank reflect it.

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notsidOct. 9, 12 9:16 AM

Coach Kill is absolutely correct in his assessment of the current state of the Gopher football program. What we saw at Iowa is probably what we are going to see all season in their remaining conference games, that is, an offense that sputters for the most part and a defense that can stop absolutely everything except, of course, for the run and the pass. It would appear that the only game left on their schedule that they have a chance to win is against Illinois. They will be underdogs in all of the other games and will likely get blown out a time or two before season end. They will struggle to finish 5-7 this year after a nice start against modest opposition in non-conference play.

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hjlazniOct. 9, 12 9:32 AM

The Gophers are 0-1 in the Big Ten. Shortell has no one to throw to other than Gray. Gray is also the only top line running back on the team. We will see how smart Kill is in a simple test when Gray comes back.

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WALDOTXOct. 9, 12 9:33 AM

Unlike Dwarf, I see positives in the fact that Kill has put a much better product on the field with lower rated players. It's called coaching up. Mason did some of this with his offensive line(we won't talk about his defenses). If he can get the program respectable, the higher rated players will start to come and hopefully it progresses from there to competing for titles.

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gregory58Oct. 9, 1210:15 AM

Notsid, agree and disagree. Still think there is enough improvment to win 2-3 more, 2 for sure. No one except Ohio State looks great, all the rest can be beat if the Gophers are on. Don't get me wrong, I'm not calling for a run of the table, BUT the B 10 is way down this year and the Gophers are better, how much better we will soon see...........

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clnorthOct. 9, 1212:12 PM

"Maturi and Mona hired a third-tier coach" Hate to tell you, but the Gophers job was a fourth tier job when Kill was hired. They fired the only coach that had any kind of success over the past 50 years. He should have had the chance to coach and recruit a couple years at the bank. Maturi set this program back 10 years by hiring Brewster. That mistake alone should have got him fired years ago.

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