As head coach at Alabama, Nick Saban went 2-6 in the SEC his first season. Even great coaches struggle without adequate personnel.
Without a good QB, KU’s playbook is severely limited. Miles and Koenning have never been guys who run a flashy offense so not having a QB who can complete a pass more than 5 yards down field is crippling the offense more than the OLine’s struggles which to me are more because of Stanley being a bad decision maker on the field.
Les Miles won 10+ games 7 times in the SEC West and only had 1 losing SEC season in that time running the basic offense he’s trying to put in place at KU. The man knows how to win football games and build programs. Les Miles laid the foundation for Mike Gundy at OSU.
KU currently does not have the roster personnel to run Miles offense the way he wants it run. David Beaty recruited for a spread offense and that’s not what Miles and Koenning run.
It’s going to take time to get those players in place and developed. It’s not an overnight process and the 2020 recruiting class shows Miles wants to build it through the HS ranks which will slow down the process because those linemen need time to physically develop.
As far as Miles and his clock management, I said the day he was hired that anyone who watched Miles at LSU already knows that’s never been a strength of his and never will be. It’s frustrating, but anyone surprised by it clearly didn’t know much about Miles beyond his record at LSU and what his strengths and weaknesses as a coach are. And yes, KU will lose some of the recruits currently committed because KU can’t sign 26 players in December. The players who have committed to KU aren’t surprised by KU dropping a game like CCU because they aren’t stupid. They know KU has been a dumpster fire the last decade and yet they still chose to commit to Miles and attempt to rebuild KU.
Les Miles will make KU a better football program by the time he leaves here. It won’t be an overnight process because it takes time to change offensive philosophies and bring in the correct personnel.
If anyone wants to accuse me of being biased about Miles and Koenning, damn right I am. Born in Louisiana and LSU was the first school I cheered for and one of the 3 schools I considered attending along with KU and Oklahoma. KU is the only football program I’ve seen play in person more than LSU and there is nothing in football like a Saturday night in Death Valley. As far as Les Koenning goes, his dad was my HS football coach and his son was HS teammate while Les Jr. was an assistant at A&M at the time.
Les Miles is the man for the job, just need to be patient and allow him to build the program because unlike basketball, it takes more than one recruiting class to revitalize a program.