It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams bulletin board material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.
In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2022, Athlon asked coaches in the MAC to talk anonymously about their opponents.
Note: These scouting reports come directly from coaching staffs and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.
MAC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2022
"Obviously Joe [Moorhead] was a big get for them. We have a good idea of the scheme based on the film from his other stops, just not the players."
"Personnel-wise, they're just not strong enough to run the systems they want to on offense. [Scot Loeffler] being on the hot seat will inform some of their decisions on the field, most likely."
"They had the top-rated signing class because they signed so many players. So there's gonna be a lot of new faces starting for them. They're still very much in transition as a program."
"I think the staff does a great job carrying out their offensive identity. I think that making a change at DC will be huge for them. They have a lot of positive energy around that program."
"They're going to have replace a bunch of guys who saw a lot of time on the field the last few years. And they're rebuilding that staff, so that's always more uncertain than just roster turnover."
"They want to beat you up on the line of scrimmage, but in the last few years, there's been a personnel drop-off on both lines. It's a good staff, but they've struggled as of late."
"They give you problems in terms of being really well-coached on offense. They throw out window dressing and then get their best guys open in space."
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"They're always tough and physical. They do a good job controlling the line of scrimmage, get you sleepy with that and go right over your head."
"They're really in on the blue-collar thing. The facilities have drastically improved under this staff. They're the chip-on-their-shoulder program in this league. Defensively they like to play aggressively, but they're still disciplined."
"Can't argue with the success they had last year. They're big on both sides of the ball. They're not the most athletic roster, but the size and length stand out vs. the rest of us."
"They're better than their record. They've turned around the defense very slowly, but they're better on that side than they have been in a while."
"They're QB driven, so there's big questions for them. They have a good, simple plan. They're going to find a handful of playmakers and get them as many touches as they can."