It's generally not a good sign when a coach is in an improved-or-get-fired year and decides to go with a
who wants to "simplify things." That's the case with Purdue who canned OC John Shoop this past offseason. The Boilermakers improved from a yards per game perspective each of Shoops' three seasons but still ranked as one of the weakest offenses in the Big Ten. Purdue decided to promote tight ends coach Terry Malone to replace Shoop. Because of injuries and ineffectiveness, the Boilermakers have been forced to play multiple quarterbacks each of head coach Darrell Hazell's first three seasons. It's resulted in a 6-30 record and only two Big Ten wins. In five seasons as a head coach (Kent State and Purdue), Hazell's offenses have never ranked higher than 74th nationally in total offense (104th average).
"At the end of the day, simple is best," said Hazell, now 6-30 in three seasons at Purdue. "Coach Malone has done an excellent job with these guys, paring it down and making it a quarterback friendly offense, which helps every other position.
"When we started this (change) in January, we wrote on the board that we wanted to keep it smart and keep it simple," Malone said. "In the end, we want to be able to say we did these two things.
"We certainly don't ever want to slow guys down in terms of what they can do. We have done some things that will allow the quarterback to play the position at a much higher level."