1. Have an undisciplined immature coach heading the team.
Why? Because it creates a trickle-down effect. It's no surprise that the more this team is immersed in "Bielamism" the less disciplined it becomes. It'd be one-thing if Bielema was the kind of person who was a "party animal," but still carried a 4.0 GPA. He could do blow on the floor in his office for all I care, but if when it came to football he was a dedicated coach who drew up masterplans and always had his team prepared to play, win or lose, it wouldn't be a problem...unless he got busted. As it stands, he's a coach who probably has no business heading a D1 program given his maturity level. Anyone else just waiting for that Eustachy Moment?
2. Have coordinators who either don't know their butt from a manhole cover, or call plays as if this is a video game.
I know for a fact that the Badgers have a capable offensive coordinator in Paul Chryst. His pedigree and his time at Oregon State back that up. But why in the blue hell has he not adjusted to the type of players he has here? That's the sign of a good offensive coordinator. He needs to find a middle ground quickly. Finding a way to use David Gilreath as a ballcarrier was a good sign, but UW needs more than that. It's pretty obvious that UW misses Mike Hankwitz, he should not have been allowed to get away...but perhaps even moreso than Hankwitz, is the fact that Bret Bielema, a defensive "mastermind," runs the special teams and apparently has little input with the defense. Huh? You're obviously not very good at coordinating the ST, so how about getting back to what you know a little better?
3. Recruit doughboys for the offensive line that can't do anything but lean on the guy across from them.
You can't teach size...we all know that, but there is a fine line when it comes to an O-Lineman with size and talent, and O-Linemen with just size. Pass protection, down-the-line-blocking and getting out in space are all things that Wisconsin was terrible at this year (and have been for awhile actually). That is a sign that your linemen simply are not athletic enough to give you success consistently on many different plays. This should never be heard:
Matt LePay: "Sherer, at the line, surveys the Cal Poly defense, takes the snap, drops back to pa----under pressure! Down goes Sherer, back at the 24!"
Matt LePay: "Sherer, again, barking out the signals. Takes the snap, drops back...he's under pressure again! Sherer escapes somehow...and unloads the ball quickly...incomplete. Dustin just threw that one away."
Mike Lucas: "What is going on out there? Cal Poly is getting pressure immediately and blowing the play up."
Also, Andy Kemp's ridiculously overdone celebration at the end of the game said a lot about his character. With who, what and how the Badgers played, that celebration said a lot about the mental acumen of this team. Didn't he noticed how subdued the other guys in Cardinal and White were?
4. Have seniors that regress as players and don't show leadership skills...often leaving underclassmen to try and pick up the slack.
I guess, more than anything, I'm thinking about the LBs in this one. What happened? These guys were playing so well and just brimming with potential for the last three years...and it just did not happen this year. The last drive in the Ohio State game was a microcosm of everything that went wrong this season. Who is to blame? The kids? The coaches? I'm at a loss.
5. Pick up a transfer QB who decides it's best for the team that he not use his best skill at all.
Allan Evridge was billed a tough kid, who wasn't afraid to use his feet to make plays. In the end, neither of those two things proved to be true, and he was yanked after a few starts. What was somewhat redeeming is that the guy who replaced him isn't very good at all, but actually played with passion, desire and heart (one of the few) all game, every game and actually made the offense a bit more dangerous. Speaking of heart, that's the #1 reason this team blew chunks before 10 o' clock this season...they simply didn't have any.
Now, there's more than five reasons...but it's such a nice, round number that I'll stop there...