Dan Enos, Wolverine

Dan Enos, Wolverine

January 5, 2018

Dan Enos

One expected staff change has taken place, and that’s the hiring of Dan Enos. Enos spent the last three years as offensive coordinator at Arkansas under Bret Bieleman, he was the head coach at Central Michigan before that, and he spent several years with Mark Dantonio as a position coach at Cincinnati and Michigan State. Enos is from the state of Michigan and played QB at Michigan State.

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It’s unclear at this point what position he will hold at Michigan, whether it’s a position coach or coordinator job. Jim Harbaugh has generally had separate running game (Tim Drevno) and passing game (Pep Hamilton) coordinators. Enos has mostly coached running backs and quarterbacks, but there are some rumors that he will coach receivers at Michigan.

There is some consternation about the hiring of Enos, a Michigan State alum; along those lines, I have none. He’s a professional coach, and he’ll be paid handsomely to coach and recruit for Michigan. I’m sure he will do those things to the best of his ability.

Slightly more concerning is his coaching resume, which is good but not great. He parlayed some decent years at MSU into a head coaching job, where he started off slowly and then went 7-6 before jumping to Arkansas. When he was at Arkansas, his offenses were in the top third in the country. That’s no small feat since Arkansas isn’t a blue-blood program in the SEC. No matter how good of a coach you are, you’re going to have a tough time topping LSU, Auburn, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and others on a regular basis. Arkansas was #9 in rushing S&P+ this past season and #47 in passing S&P+. Arkansas was #42 in Offensive FEI, and that’s . . . well . . . the highest ranking of any team with 3 wins or fewer. So there’s that.

I am not extremely enthused about this hiring if Enos is going to take over the whole offense, but if he can be the run game coordinator and a position coach, then I’m okay with it. Hopefully Harbaugh can make a splashier hire as a coordinator, or at least the other coordinator.


  1. Comments: 1096
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    Jan 05, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Can Kurt Anderson be far behind?

    • Thunder
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      Jan 05, 2018 at 8:29 PM

      I’ve heard rumors but nothing more than that. Maybe Bielema will be the OC.

      • Comments: 1096
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        Jan 06, 2018 at 6:23 AM

        They’re as mad at Anderson down there as people are at Drevno up here. Same reason … 3-4 cycles ago they thought they had a couple classes full of stud, 4 star recruits. Turned out, they were just 4 star recruits. They’re sitting with 13-14 scholarship guys wishing they had taken two more in each of those back classes. They run block, but don’t pass protect and were getting QBs killed.

        Bielema is blaming the players. Evidently, they did not transform.

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    Jan 05, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    I agree with you about him being a professional coach and he’ll do his job to the best of his ability……..

    Michigan homers who don’t like this hire purely based on university allegiance & politics need a history lesson about Burt Smith – a Michigan alum and AD at MSU – who totally fucked the Wolverines over in 1973.


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    Jan 05, 2018 at 9:54 PM

    With the money we pay for OCs, I was hoping for a bigger splash too

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      Jan 06, 2018 at 6:26 AM

      I don’t think Enos will be getting the same money, but it will be interesting to see.

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    Clarence Boddicker
    Jan 07, 2018 at 11:31 PM

    I think if he were the O.C. Michigan would’ve announced that he’d been hired for that position. Granted, Drevno is still around, but the departures and hires are timing issues if they’re known by Harbaugh and Manuel as of today.

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