Over the last twelve years at Iowa, fans have noticed a rather conservative coaching style. A style that Kirk Ferentz and his staff are masters at. In the twelve years that Kirk Ferentz, Ken O'Keefe and the great Norm parker have been at Iowa, the have pleasured the fans with nine bowl games and only three losing seasons.(1999, 2000,2006). So really conservative play is not all bad.
Since Ferentz has taken over the head coaching job at Iowa, we rarely turn the ball over especially lately.You may not like it when Iowa plays conservative backed up inside their own redzone but O'Keefe is just playing it safe. By doing that Iowa always has a chance to win in the fourth quarter. Last season we saw that philosophy work to perfection, this year obviously not but does that mean we call for everyone's job? I dont think so. Kirk Ferentz never has, nor will he ever be a coach who runs the score up or tries to win with style points. He always shows class and does so by running the ball. Iowa is a traditional power running team. Iowa also plays assignment football and they must execute on both sides of the ball to have a successful game and season.
The University of Iowa has a prized possession in Norm Parker. The man is flat out a defensive genius. Iowa seems to always rank up there with the top defenses in the country. Hawkeye defense or A.K.A "6 seconds of hell" plays man up football. They play assignment football, they play gap control and play a tampa 2 style. Iowa has always had excellent defense but of course people continue to complain that Iowa doesn't blitz. Im not complaining we continue to have a great "D" year in and year out.
In a conservative style you play to be in it in the fourth quarter and fight enough adversity to win the game. Some seasons you can see great success in it and love the system. Some years you hate it, the losses sting as we normally only lose by seven or less but thats football.
Most N.F.L teams use the same style of offense the Hawkeye's use. Playing in a N.F.L style of offense in college really helps you out at the next level. N.F.L scouts see that, which is why we see so many Hawkeyes on that draft board during the draft. The N.F.L currently holds 36 ex hawkeyes.
Since Kirk Ferentz and his staff took over the Hawkeye football team, Iowa ranks in the top 15 in wins the last decade. They been to 6 January 1st bowl games, they have dialed up 88 wins, two big ten titles andtwo BCS appearances. Sometimes conservativeness isn't all bad.