The #DailyDose: Who was the most underrated coordinator hire off the off season?
Today’s #DailyDose: Who was the most underrated coordinator hire off the off season?
Scott’s choice: Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf
When Danny Langsdorf was at Oregon State with Mike Riley the two combined to create offensive game plans that few seemed to be able to defend. With a team of often unheralded stars, in a conference like the Pac-12 where they were often outmatched – at least on paper – Langsdorf and Riley scored points on top of points. Langsdorf went to the league to tutor Eli Manning for a year and Riley’s offense didn’t have the same success. As soon as Riley was hired, I thought to myself, if he can bring Danny back, Nebraska’s offense will be just fine.
Doug’s choice: Michigan State co-defensive coordinators Harlon Barnett and Mike Tressel
When Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi left for the head coaching job at Pitt, there was little doubt that he wanted to bring Harlon Barnett and Mike Tressel along with him to the Steel City, but Mark Dantonio had other plans. Dantonio may have lost the key architect behind the Spartans’ dominating defense, but by giving Tressel and Barnett a much deserved promotion (they’ve both spent all eight years in East Lansing with Dantonio) the Spartans are in great position to continue their defensive success.
Barnett is well known for the “No Fly Zone” moniker of his secondary, which has produced two corners picked in the top 24 spots in the last two NFL Drafts, and Tressel is well known for his attention to detail and knack for churning out All-Big Ten linebackers. Now the two will work together to pick up where Narduzzi left off, and continue to build.
It’s easy for a lot of people to overlook promotions like these because they aren’t necessarily “splashes,” but I believe it was among the best moves of the off season around college football.
I also considered Oklahoma’s hire of offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley from East Carolina.
Zach’s choice: Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom
This answer is so easy it actually feels like cheating because everything Gary Pinkel does somehow gets overlooked. One of Pinkel’s greatest strengths as a head coach is the continuity he’s fostered among his staff, which that was threatened – slightly – after longtime lieutenant Dave Steckel took the head job at Missouri State. No matter, Pinkel just grabbed Barry Odom away from Memphis.
In his first coordinator stint, all Odom did was transform a unit that ranked 105th nationally in scoring defense a year prior to his arrival into a group that placed 11th in the country and helped the Tigers post a 10-win season while claiming a share of the American Athletic Conference championship. As for continuity? Odom spent nine seasons on Pinkel’s staff before taking the Memphis job and prior to that spent two years as a Missouri high school football coach.
It was a perfect hire, and we should expect nothing less from Pinkel.
The NFL has released the DeflateGate findings
Four and a half months after the game was played, the NFL has released attorney Ted Wells’ investigation into the so-called DeflateGate scandal stemming from the New England Patriots’ AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The report – all 243 pages of it – can be found here.
In short, the investigation points the finger at locker room attendant Jim McNally, equipment assistant John Jastremski and says quarterback Tom Brady “was at least generally aware” of McNally and Jastremski’s actions. However, the league did not find an organization-wide conspiracy involving owner Robert Kraft or head coach Bill Belichick.
Wells report: “unlikely that an equipment assistant and a locker room attendant would deflate game balls w/o Brady’s knowledge & approval”
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) May 6, 2015
The most revealing detail of the investigation may be the text messages between McNally and Jastremski and their general disdain for Brady. There’s a lot of stuff in here pic.twitter.com/KPspYr72rG — Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) May 6, 2015
This is not great for this dude’s job security… pic.twitter.com/OyI9G4ulqr
— Aaron Dickens (@AaronDickens) May 6, 2015
As was previously reported, the Colts first grew suspicious during the clubs’ regular-season meeting.
Colts had suspicions Week 11, thought intercepted balls "…appeared to be coated in a tacky substance…" pic.twitter.com/kVaZLN5kxg
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) May 6, 2015
As he has throughout the four-month ordeal, Kraft came out strongly against the investigation.
In the end, the Patriots will not receive an apology from the league and the league will not reclaim the Lombardi Trophy New England won in February, and we can all move on from one of the most mind-numbing scandals in recent memory.
Video: We should all be like Ernie Johnson when we grow up
This has nothing to do with football, but everything to do with life.
Ernie Johnson won the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Host/Personality last night, beating out giants in the industry such as Bob Costas, Keith Olbermann, Rich Eisen… and Stuart Scott. Scott, of course, passed away in January after a long bout with cancer. His death rocked the entire sports media industry.
Johnson overcame his own bout with cancer and, as you’ll see below, encouraged Scott in his struggle with the disease. Instead of accepting the award and taking it back to Atlanta with him, Johnson gave his award to Scott’s daughters, Taelor and Sydni.
Here’s a trailer for the E:60 piece Johnson references in his speech:
We should all be like Ernie Johnson when we grow up.
Doc Holliday says the NFL is making the job of high school and college coaches “much harder”
The days and months leading up to the NFL Draft were littered with news of positive drug tests, allegations of domestic abuse, and a bunch of other character related issues attached to a handful of top draft prospects. For the most talented prospects, the red flags didnt stop NFL teams from calling their names on draft day.
As Marshall head coach Doc Holliday explained during his draft show held at Recovery Sports Grill, the NFL is making the job of college and high school coaches much harder. Why? Because they’re talking out of both sides of their mouth.
“The NFL is talking all the time about how they’re taking so much character into consideration.”
“You know, every time that I talk to our football team, the last thing that I tell them every time before they walk off the field is that every decision you make has consequences. Well I’m anxious to see, in this draft, some of the decisions that some of these top 10 players have made, does it have a consequence?” Holliday explained
“For a guy like me who sits there and tells kids that everyday after practice, and then a guy with all the issues in the world gets drafted as a top five pick – that just makes our job harder.”
“The NFL talks out of both sides of their mouth. They talk about wanting to draft character guys, and how important character is and all that, but then they turn around and the first player taken in the draft has all these issues. It just sends the wrong message to the type of kids that I’ve had to deal with and it send the wrong message to high school players.”
Holliday has a great point. It’s tough for any coach to stand in front of their team and preach character and the importance of good decision making if you have the dream of one day playing in the NFL, when the NFL is clearly willing to overlook certain character flaws in the name of talent.
Video: Sweat Equity
The single most invested thing for any successful football program over the course of an off season, beyond time and effort even, is probably sweat (if only there was a means to measure it).
The film department at Marcus HS (Flower Mound, TX) set out to capture that investment this past off season with this video entitled “Sweat Equity”.
With a film department consisting of eight girls that handle everything from Hudl to highlights, they were able to put together this very well done clip.
@CoachSamz We also think we are the only all student HS film department in the country. 8 girls that do everything from Hudl to highlights.
— Marauder FB Films (@MarauderFBFilms) May 6, 2015
The narration in the clip is all done by players on the roster, and this one is full of really good quotes like; “The more you sweat, the luckier you get,” or “the more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.”