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Rumor: Ken Karcher fired

November 27, 2012

I’ve heard this rumor from several places tonight, and given Ron English’s comments after the Northern Illinois game, it wouldn’t be surprising to wake up tomorrow to official confirmation that Ken Karcher is no longer the offensive coordinator at EMU.

This will surprise a lot of people, but I actually have mixed feelings about this. No, I don’t think Karcher has been a great offensive coordinator, or even a good offensive coordinator — I think anyone watching EMU over the last few years would agree — but I also am not confident that anything is really going to change.

The simple fact is that the offense has been variously bad, terrible, and sub-par in four years under Ron English — barring a bold choice that would seem significantly out of character for English this seems unlikely to change next year — but for the past three off-seasons he’s had no problem with that. It was only as this fall dragged on and English himself came under fire that he started to express concern. Even then, his concern with the poor offense has sometimes seemed more artificial than genuine, as he’s defended bizarre calls like pulling Tyler Benz in favor of Alex Gillett for the second half against Central Michigan.

But it has become clear that something has to change, and perhaps this is the move Ron English feels he has to make to buy himself another year. If Ken Karcher is indeed done at EMU, and if, as he expects, Ron English will be back next year, it will certainly be “all eyes on ‘E'” as he makes the hire that will define his fifth season with the Eagles. It’s safe to say that English’s career will depend on this decision.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Ken permalink
    November 27, 2012 11:57 pm

    It’s pretty sad that an offense with the weapons that Eastern has gets stalled the way it does.

  2. HuronDave permalink
    November 28, 2012 12:49 am

    Why does it take this long in Ypsilanti to make such an obvious change that would have been made a long time ago anywhere else?

    • November 28, 2012 6:11 am

      Does he really tnk that’s enuff? what about the defense? That would be like firing himself tho wouldn’t it. after all he is the defensive genius! The proof is in the pudding lol

      • November 28, 2012 6:25 am

        Have you ever seen a team that tackles as poorly as emu does? If you can’t teach that your in trouble.

  3. November 28, 2012 6:52 am

    All english ever did was throw the offense under the bus when his defense gave up real estate like it was the oaklahoma land rush!

  4. Anthony A permalink
    November 28, 2012 7:38 am

    The defense is the real issue with EMU.

  5. cmadler permalink*
    November 28, 2012 8:31 am

    Regarding the offense/defense issue, yes, the defense was absolutely terrible this year. HOWEVER, we expected them to struggle given the number of seniors they lost from 2011, and that was only compounded by injuries to several of the top defenders (e.g. Pollard). So the defense at least has some excuse. The offense, on the other hand, returned a whole slew of starters from last year, and although there were some injuries (Olds, Neal) they weren’t anywhere near what the defense had to contend with.

    Bottom line, I think it’s easier to succeed in the MAC based on offense than on defense. That’s just the way this league is. #MACtion, you know? Bowling Green this year held teams under 16 points per game, and they went 1-2 against teams with winning records (beating only Ohio, who finished at 8-4, 4-4 MAC). On the other hand you have 2011 Toledo, the epitome of #MACtion, allowing nearly 32 points per game — double what 2012 BGSU allowed! — going 3-1 against winning teams (losing only to MAC champion Northern Illinois in a 63-60 thriller).

  6. Grady permalink
    November 28, 2012 11:36 am

    Tackling remains an issue, but I totally understand giving up big plays and big scores as that is the lay of the land in the MAC. But wow, we are always out of position when the other teams seem to be in posiition. Our special teams were horrendous – how many kick off or punt TDs did we allow this year? For a awhile it seemed like there was one every week.
    So the issues went beyond the offensive play calling, though that was terrible. I wrote this before, but if all the season ticket holders at the 50 yard line call the third down play before it happens, dont you think the DC on the other team knows its coming too?

    And the third quater metldowns that killed us this year were inexusable.

    • November 28, 2012 1:43 pm

      They better improve the O line a bunch an be able to run the ball to keep the heat off benz bcuz he can’t run away from the rush like gillett. hw will take a beatung


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