The hits just keep on coming, my friends. Hazell's Boilers are now averaging a losing margin of 25.5/game...and that includes the win in that stat. Purdue lost today in historical fashion- 56-0. This score/deficit matches the same feat accomplished two other times in the program's long history.
And what might hurt most- Urban Meyer was kind today, my friends. Purdue was down 14-0 before the game had really started. Etling threw an awful pick six on the second or third play of the game...then after a three and shanked punt, aOSU scored on a pretty routine pass to the tight end in which Purdue's safety had to pick up a receiver left WIDE OPEN by the LBs simply not covering an RB underneath. Breakdowns were a-plenty as aOSU's vanilla playcalling led to large chunks of yards. The Buckeyes starting TE had over 115 yards receiving on just 5 catches and many of those catches there was simply no one clad in black near him.
It was 28-0 at the end of the first...42-0 at the end of the second...and the manchildren in scarlet and gray were on cruise control. Three aOSU QBs played...all looked better than Etling. In 5's defense, he had no time...but any confidence he once had must surely must have evaporated; he's running for his life nearly every play, and his OC seems to think the best thing to teach him is how to take a hit as he keeps calling slow-developing plays. This is beyond tough to watch and surely physically-painful to endure for the true Freshman. aOSU had 5 RBs and their three QBs all run the ball...all averaged over 7 yards/carry individually...and 8.4 as a group (Hyde led the group with 13.9/carry).
This was big-time, wide-spread failure for our Boilers. When that type of thing happens, you can't simply blame a coordinator (sorry Shoop haters) or a single player (Rob Henry's girlfriend warned us on Twitter). Coming off of their second bye in one month, Purdue looked ill-prepared and resembled a fawn in the gentle headlight glow of an oncoming Mack truck. From the Seniors to Freshman, our Boilers have been blended up by this coaching staff...and the end result is a non-descript gray blob...a losing machine that really does nothing well but fail.
We blamed Danny Hope last year when the failure was spread out among all of the three teams (O, D, ST)...so out of fairness, I am all but forced to lay blame at the feet of Darrell Hazell. Nothing's working right now for the coach- Redshirts have been reduced to carbon in an effort to make strides forward, offensive formations and play-calling have been shaken-up, and defensive formations have been changed...But after a half step in the right direction in the form of a 14-0 loss, the momentum has been killed. The change to black helmets smacks of desperation, in my opinion...and it might have been. Whether or not you blame Hazell for what's happening, you can't be mad at him for not trying to solve the problem in a number of ways; with one exception. Appleby stays benched...and that I don't get at all. No. 12 playing wouldn't have made a difference though, this undermanned O-Line is in desperate need of experience and size; two things that can't be rushed. And on the other side of the ball, the DEs simply apply no pressure on QBs while LBs are out of position on nearly every play.
Today cemented my thought that this is the worst Purdue team I've ever watched...and I watched a 2-win Akers team in person and a 1-win Colletto team. This is depressing football...Purdue students have been reduced to what J and I talked about a few weeks ago- the feeling that you go to games just to hang out with your friends and without a realistic hope for your squad to leave with a win. That stinks.
Bad news Boilers circa 1990
Same-ole, new-look Boilers circa earlier today
Longtime reader - first time poster here...
I was at Purdue from 01 - 06 and was lucky to have witnessed some great players & teams during that timeframe and have been following the Boilers ever since. That being said, I have no appreciation of what the Akers & Colletto years were like. However, after these last few games, I can somewhat relate...but not entirely.
I think what we are witnessing is the hangover from the Hope years. The talent isn't there and the team's collective mindset sucks. A close family friend played DB for Notre Dame during the late 60s and during a gathering last night we chatted about Purdue football. He said that when a team gets beat like Purdue did (insert Cincy, NIU, UW, OSU) that the TEAM quit. At some point during all these beatdowns players are giving up. After some thought, I tend to agree.
So not only does Hazell have to change the recruiting pattern...he's got to change the mindset of the team...and that's not going to be easy. This year is more or less a purge of Hope's players and attitude. Part of me thinks that the staff knew this going into the season.
Before we start running Hazell out of town, he needs time to get his players in there. And to change the religion of Purdue football. It's not happening this season and I think we can expect SOME improvement next year. Let's see where were at in '15 before we pass final judgement on Hazell.
I had high hopes for Coach Hazell, and I still do. I didn't really expect that much this year, but must admit the exceptionally successful 1st year of Coach Tiller was in the back of my mind. But that was a different day, different (spread) offense. The thing that bothers me is that it is already difficult to recruit in the snow-blown north unless you are Mich, OSU, ND. Showings like yesterday make that job doubly difficult. As an Alum and co-worker of mine said during the Akers/Colletto era that our top recruits had credentials like "2nd Team All City" and "Mr. Congeniality". I fear a return to that now.
One mark of the Tiller era was the number of former Boilers in the NFL. I could see that number dwindling sharply in the future. I guess we will see what kind of salesman Coach Hazell is in time...I hope it is not a long time.
On another topic, my favorite PURDUE EXPONENT headline from my days (1976 - 1980): "PURDUE CO-ED BEATS OFF ATTACKER"
Dear Boiledsports and forum contributors:
1st time caller, long time listener. I think you hit it right on the head today Rush...Oh, sorry, wrong media outlet.
Seriously, I had some pretty severe flashbacks with the black helmets today. Remembered a raw November day with my lovely wife in Ross Ade losing to Iowa with similar ugly @ss gear. Those things need to be ditched for at least another 25 years. By then I'll be too old to care.
Oh, love the website...
Glad I didn't make the drive up there let alone buy $40 tickets in advance. Then I didn't even watch it on tv. What a joke.
Nothing against darrell hazell, i am sure that he is a great guy. I know that all of his supporters will say to give him time, and he is not doing it with his talent. Well, i guess i am just not that patient. As an alumnus i was so embarrassed by todays game. I currently live in south carolina and there is a huge ohio state fan base here, many of whom i am friends with. They all said to me this week they were worried cause purdue is always tough. I dismissed and told them all not to worry. Unfortunately i was right. I do not mind losing, but they did not lose today, they got embarrassed. Hazell is mot the answer, and i hate that purdue will put up with this mediocrity for four or five years before they do something. I guess joe tiller spoiled me while i was there. But any major player in college football does not tolerate this, nor should purdue. A place that has all the resources and a world class reputation. I do not know who the answer is but i know one guy that is available who was rumored to be on campus last year after hope's firing and i know that he would not put this product on the field. Jim Tressell. It would be nice to no longer be the door mat of the big ten.
Embarrassed alumnus in hilton head, sc
From 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles, I can only say that this was an embarrassment worth forgetting. The emptyish, scarlet & grey clad stadium... the pick six that set the tone... the ridiculous uniforms that apparently were meant to make us look tough. There's just nothing good about Purdue football. Nothing. BUT, I'm a Boilermaker and I'm coming to Indiana next weekend to hang with my nephew... and we are going to the Purdue/Iowa game. (Even though, I'm really coming in town for the Colts/Rams game) I see that tickets are on sale on Stubhub for 40 cents but I refuse to pay anything. Unless somebody has two seats on the 50 yard line... I'll give anyone $10-$20 for two tickets on the 50 yard line. The 50 though...not the 45. I sure hope Painter can give us a basic 20 win season in basketball. That sounds epic at this point.
I hate to say this and I am a firm believer this should almost never be said about a first year coach but I think that it is possible that we picked the wrong guy(s) to lead this program. This team is not getting better. There has been almost no progress throughout this year. We have scored 7 total points in the last 12 quarters of football. Our defense plays like it doesn't care. Our offensive line can't provide any sort of protection for ANY QB on the field - be it Etling, Henry, or Appleby. The coaching staff has to shoulder this failure at this point. I know a lot of people will point out that the coaching staff has at least tried a lot of different things where Danny Hope did not however I would challenge them and say this: just because they are busy changing things doesn't mean that they are changing the right things. Don't get movement mixed up with results. This team has showed no signs of progress and the coaching staff has given us absolutely nothing to look forward to. The stadium was almost empty today it seemed. And the fans that were there all appeared to be wearing red jerseys.
If Hazell and company fail (and honestly can a team really fail any worse than this one has? I don't believe one has in school history) I believe that Morgan Burke needs to shoulder the load here and step down. He hired a panel of experts to select Hazell and this is the best we could do for our program? 1-7? 6 30+ point losses in 8 games? Every conceivable statistic you can look at indicates that this team is one of the worst in the country. I can't see any progress. I would challenge anyone on this blog to find an area of improvement. Even the 2-10 Illinois team last year appears to have been better than this team - and they don't look great this year either.
Lastly, what on earth did this team do to deserve to wear the black helmets today? I honestly don't know how rewarding players for playing with a lack of pride and sense of urgency would have helped. Rather I think it would reinforce any sense of entitlement these players already have. Again typically I'd say its an overreaction to get upset about first year performance by a coaching staff. However I have seen nothing that suggests we have the right coaches here to build a winning program - and putting blind faith into someone because of one good year at a MAC school doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
I hope Hazell makes me regret this post - really I do. Prove me wrong, dammit!
After dropping off my son at his apartment for his last semester, I bought my two tickets for next week's Iowa game. I told the guy behind the window, "Hopefully this game will matter for both teams." Well, it matters greatly for Iowa, but not so much for the Old Gold and Black.
It seems logical that the Purdue coaches should treat the remaining games as an NFL pre-season. Seniors: thank you for your contributions. Exams are in six weeks, study hard and finish your projects. Two-plus year starters: thank you also, we want to look at two or three guys in your position. Quarterbacks: Etling starts next week for the first half and Appleby plays the second half. Determine who is the third string man and play him against Illinois. For the Bucket Game play the starters until the inevitable blow-out, and then let non-starting seniors get some time in their last game.
Then the Alumni, the John Purdue Club and other boosters need to get to work.
Is there a need to discuss the laughable Offense? I guess, but only as an aside to the equally pathetic Defensive scheme. In what situation is it smart to continually line up 10-12 yards off their receivers? A lack of talent on both sides and on display from the coaching staff makes this hard to watch. Heck, even their band showed up our band (and I think ours was pumping music through the PA system, too).
Based on what we have(n't) seen on this season, one can make a solid argument that Purdue should be relegated to Division II: at least there we might be somewhat competitive.
When all you have after three games is a garbage time touchdown, you sure can blame the OC. Why is Etling under center handing off to the RB on a dive against a team like O$U. That's idiocy.
Much agreed about Appleby.
And Rob Henry's girlfriend is hot. Nice job Rob.
@MichiganBoiler Good stuff...I think your friend's explanation is as good as any at this point. I'm struggling to figure out how a team can play this consistently bad.
Its hard living up here in Michigan pinched between two successful Big Ten football programs and then having to be irrelevant as a Boiler...I think you are right.2015 will be Coach's telltale year.
@SenileBoiler Evidently "2nd Team All City" and "Mr Congeniality" must have been pretty good. Because most of the better players between 1997 and 2000 were Colletto's recruits. Albeit Colletto couldn't coach his way out of a brown paper bag however I was there from 1994 until 1998 and it was obvious he was recruiting better and better players each year. Having said that Purdue is never going to get top notch talent. It never has and it never will. We are getting crushed right now because half the kids on the field are freshman and sophomores.
As for having former players in the NFL, who cares? We could field a team of draft picks each year. Doesn't mean they are the best players at their positions. Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Nebraska put an army in the NFL almost every year.
@SenileBoiler My favorite Purdue Exponent memories all center around Mark O'Hare's wonderful comic strip "Art Gallery". Unfortunately, I lent my copy of the Archives to a Lafayette radio DJ (WIIZ), and when the radio went belly up, I never got it back. Back then (87-91), basketball was everything. I remember us calling John Brugos and Kip Jones the "bruise brothers", for instance. I can't recall a single player on the football teams though. In 10 years, we might be saying the same thing about these dudes. There's just nobody playing with any modicum of heart.
@SenileBoiler Thanks boss! Wish the topic was more entertaining right now...but glad we're not suffering alone, I guess.
@cutbackmd I think it's a fair question...don't know the answer.
@vtheodos First year coaches at Purdue since 1944: Cecil Isbell: 5-5; Stuart Holcomb: 5-4; Jack Mollenkopf: 3-4-2 (W-L-Tie); Bob DeMoss: 4-6; Alex Agase 5-6; Jim Young: 5-6; Leon Burtnett: 3-8; Fred Akers: 3-7-1; Jim Colletto: 4-7; Joe Tiller 9-3; Danny Hope: 5-7; Darrell Hazell: 1-6 so far.
The good news is that Elmer Burnham back in 1942 went 1-8 in his first year, and the next year they went undefeated 9-0. Though the whupping we have received in the last few games isn't giving me any confidence either.
@pottyp That wouldn't help. Even Division III would be a dangerous choice. Mount Union would roll over us hardcore.
Bet I wasn't the only one who, after the pick 6 on the second play of the game, said "Yep. Right on time..." Maybe someone needs to suggest that Purdue recolor the field black with yellow lines. Then we could fade into the turf easier than we did today.
@Dridge A friend of mine made this point to me earlier today; either Burke crushed the program 5 seasons ago or this off-season...tough to argue a third option. Anyone have other theories? I'll hang up and listen.
@PurdueMatt I don't know what you're complaining about. Shoop lovingly handcrafted 116 yards of offense out there today. No reason to be a hater.
I have this sinking feeling that many of the upperclassmen aren't buying into the new system and there may even be some dissension amongst the players as a result. Like you, I'm struggling to figure all this out.
@pub76 Always believe in giving credit where credit is due, unless I'm to busy not giving a $h!t. Certainly Mike Alstott and the great Rod Woodson from the aforementioned era. Not sure who recruited them and. even though I have access to this internet thingy, I'm just too lazy to look it up. I remember Rod being a one-man highlight reel in his final game (Bucket '86) (OK, I looked that one up)I guess I kind of care about Purdue players in the NFL even if nobody else does. (I like to make my wife jump with a Hearty "BOILER UP!" when they intro themselves at the beginning of a game)
I wasn't expecting a world beating season. I was hoping we would play tough and disciplined since Coach Hazell sold himself as level headed guy that would change the turnover margin and play clean football - meaning reduced penalties. I figured we would end up coming short against teams like Ohio State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, etc. But I expected the team to perform more on the level we played Notre Dame consistently rather than what is happening. Our players just give up and sulk on the bench. I expect some pride out of a B1G team.
I hope we have a turnaround next year... but this season gives me no hope of that happening. Kent State is awful this year without Hazell its true - but I'm wondering if he is in over his head here. We have seen some MAC coaches make it big in automatic qualifying conferences its true... but we've also seen some become stunning failures. I hope Hazell is what he advertised and that the Hope-recruited guys just have bad attitudes, are not as athletically talented as desired, and have a losing mentality - the alternative is much worse. No matter how much you love Purdue at this point its getting impossible to watch.