Iowa football: Opposing coaches talk anonymously about the Hawkeyes

Iowa football: Opposing coaches talk anonymously about the Hawkeyes

Iowa football is coming off a successful 2021 season as the Hawkeyes went on to win 10 games and earned a berth to the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 2016. The Hawkeyes closed out the year with two straight losses and four in total, but it would still be considered a strong year for Kirk Ferentz and company.

Iowa loses a handful of starters from last year’s team, but there are still a lot of expectations and excitement about this year’s group and what’s to come for the program.

Every year, Athlon Sports releases its college football preview magazine and one of the highlights of each team’s page is that anonymous coaches give their opinions on each team.

Here is what opposing coaches said about the Hawkeyes entering the 2022 season.

“Every year that goes by, it’s apparent this staff isn’t going anywhere until the head man [Kirk Ferentz] decides to leave. They do what they do, they do it well, and they do not care if you think they should do it different. They’ve got total support, too. So if everyone is calling for the OC’s [Brian Ferentz] head, it doesn’t really matter. This program moves at it’s own pace.”

“They’re a model of defense. They’re assignment sound, physical up front, and they’re rarely out of position. When you look at them on film, it’s all vanilla. It’s hard to see an ‘Iowa scheme’ in anything. The Iowa part of it is running base stuff with great fundamentals, or playing sound gaps and understanding assignments on the fly. They’ll cover your route concepts quicker because they’re smart and they’re smart because they’re well-coached. That’s why you see so many flashier teams with more talent come in there and get brought down to Iowa’s pace and style. They command games, even with less talent.”

“The offensive line was young up front last year, and that showed at times. The issue is going to be production at the quarterback position. They’re going to let those guys battle it out.”

“This program is the definition of overachieving in this sport. Yes, they probably need to be more creative on offense, but they’re not listening to the outside, trust me.”

The Iowa Hawkeyes will open the 2022 season on Sept. 3 at home inside Kinnick Stadium against South Dakota State. The Hawkeyes should once again compete at the top of the Big Ten West and potentially make it to Indianapolis for the second straight season.

Most sportsbooks have put Iowa’s win total for the 2022 season at 7.5.

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