Multiple guys who played in the NFL came out of Dimel’s recruiting classes. He was an excellent recruiter, but ran a very dry offensive scheme. Something Maggard would not accept. There were two things that Dimel couldn’t grasp:
- In-game decision-making… Fake punt deep in your own territory is just one of the many
- Evaluating talent at the quarterback position.
Briles remedied a lot of Dimel’s faults. Briles, say what you want about his ethics, had the best eye for quarterback talent I have ever seen. That is no small thing either.
However, Briles still struggled with keeping momentum during games while at UH, something he corrected at Baylor. He would never go for the throat and get too conservative too quickly in a game.
Maggard, despite causing a rift with CAB at the time, forced Briles’ hand a couple of times on firing and hiring. What I think Briles didn’t realize at the time is Maggard was helping a young and new collegiate head coach become an elite coach whether he liked it or not.