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BriCrozier
January 5, 2021 @ 11:19 PM

The hope with the quick hires for offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and I would argue even the strength coach is essentially this - Bret Bielema has been waiting a couple years to get another college head coaching job, and in that time Bielema thought about what he did right and what he did wrong during his previous jobs. As a result of that thought process, Bielema decided that offense has become more and more important to success in college football, so he first decided upon exactly what kind of offense he wanted to run and then started to go through his mental/real Rolodex to decide upon the coaches he felt could build that exact offense. Once Bielema was hired by Illinois, he then quickly hired those coaches to execute that vision without delay. This isn't to say that defense and special teams lacks importance, in fact I would argue the special teams coordinator is really important because we have some good specialists and that element could win Illinois a game or two in 2021 and/or 2022 that they normally might lose, but Bielema did not want to get "beat" by other programs hiring and/or promoting the offensive guys he really wanted.

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