Borges pointed out that he had successfully coached many different types of offenses. Power. West Coast. Whack-you-in-da-mouth teams. Finesse teams. He made it plain that he knew what he had with Denard--a singular talent--and that he had inherited a zone blocking line.
"We want to run power, but that doesn't mean we are going to run it fourteen times a game ... at least not this year," Borges said back then. Darrell Funk, the offensive line coach and a compelling analyst of the game, told me, "We can zone block with this line. I can change it up a bit to fit what Al wants to do. But nothing in our schemes should pose that big of a problem." The question was, of course, could they run power?
I didn't trust enough. I felt that Funk was more accommodating of Borges's ideas than certain about the ability of his offensive line to adapt. More problematic to me was the reality that Hoke and Borges weren't very enamored of Rich Rod's spread offense. They knew they couldn't do a complete overhaul in one season, but they wanted to begin as soon as possible.