In this edition of the Writing Illini roundtable, the staff takes a look at the Illinois Fighting Illini as they begin their training and offseason preparations for the 2014 football season. The staff begs to act the question: what changes need to happen this offseason for the Illini to become more success?
Ricky: Yes, many people are going to be grabbing their pitchforks and torches to form an angry mob that wants nothing more than to see defensive coordinator Tim Banks fired. Although I agree, I’m going to focus on a different change that will need to happen this offseason and that change will be at the quarterback position. With the departure of Nathan Scheelhaase, the Illini need to begin to evaluate Wes Lunt and Aaron Bailey to see who could prove to be Illinois’ starting quarterback in 2014. Yes, the Illini defense was terrible in 2013, but we need to focus on the offense as well. However, I’m confident that Bill Cubit will find the correct man for the job of running his offense in 2014.
Ryan: I’ve never been the type to grab a pitchfork and demand a coach’s firing, but it sure looks like DC Tim Banks will most likely be relieved of duty during this off season. My biggest fear is that his eventual replacement will run a completely different scheme that doesn’t fit any of the current Illini personnel, and then the Illini defensive development will be pushed further back as they will have to recruit to fit the next scheme. This program needs consistency in that respect, but based off everything we saw this season it doesn’t appear Banks will be the guy to provide that consistency.
Austin: Banks needs to be looking for a new job before next season. I’m one of the ones who wants to see a new DC on the sidelines in 2014. Banks struggled all year long, and has made the Illini defense laughable. I understand that the Illini defense is not the Seattle Seahawks defense, but to give up the numbers that Tim Banks gave up all year, game in and game out, is horrid. Give me a shot at Defensive Coordinator, I’m certain I can at least keep par for the course given a chance.
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer, co-editor Ryan Kraemer, and staff writer, Austin Jabs.
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