Mark Dantonio spent most of last season insisting he was at fault for any offensive struggles.
It was the right sentiment. What any good head coach should do. To what extent it was true, only he and the rest of Michigan State’s coaching staff know.
Offensive coordinator Dan Roushar, fair or not, was the punching bag for fans frustrated with anemic Spartan offense.
What’s left is Dantonio and, as I wrote in today’s column, Dantonio’s offense.
Last season, no matter how hard Dantonio tried to take the fall, as many viewed it, Roushar was the problem.
That won’t be the case any longer. The next coordinator, like the last, is Dantonio’s choice. The offensive ideology his, as well.
And, if his program again struggles to support the nation’s No. 4 defense, the frustration will be with Dantonio.
The only layer between him and fault has been removed.