"For the third-straight season, the Redbird passing offense was the best in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. ISU averaged 227.8 yards per game, while the offense as a whole posted 397.5 yards per game and ranked No. 8 nationally. In 2005, Johnson's Redbirds led the conference in total offense (477.5 ypg) for the third time in his tenure. The 'Birds also led the league in scoring offense with a school record 39.2 points per game and passing offense with 268.7 yards per game." http://goredbirds.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/johnson_denver00.html There's a pretty good summary of everything he was able to accomplish at Illinois State. The #1 thing that jumps out at me based on his profile is the offensive numbers his team's put up. He did not have a winning record while at ISU, but his offenses always seemed to produce. 2. Recruiting The #2 thing that jumped out at me from the link above was this: "Following a disappointing 4-7 campaign in 2007, Johnson and his staff hit the recruiting trail with determination. As a result, the Redbirds landed three, three-star recruits, as rated by national recruiting services, and the class as a whole ranked No. 2 nationally among all NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs." Grimes never recruited Texas the way we should be able to. Hopefully Denver can fill that void and improve our recruiting there. 3. Coaching Style Ok, this is from AZ's site (not very popular over here I know), but it is great to hear regardless. Denver's blocking schemes are quick hitting and quick to the hole. This is in contrast to Grimes style, who apparently was big on slow developing run plays. We may just add some explosiveness to our running game. 4. Offensive Shake-Up So, regardless of excuses, our offense has struggled year after year. And we continued to struggle with Grimes. Many people were calling for Bandison and/or Collins to be fired after the season and after signing day. But, while the defense has not been dominant in the past 3 years, it has definitely been solid and capable of winning games (WVU, KSU last season, OU, TT the year before). A shake-up on the offensive side of the ball and a new voice in coaches' meetings could be exactly what we needed. And hey who knows, maybe when Helfrich brings up the weekly gameplan of end arounds, Denver will shoot that idea down.