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The Scoop - Sunday January 10, 2021

Sunday January 10, 2021

X&O Labs Player Driven Culture Book

FBS Staff Tracker: The 2020-21 FBS Staff Tracker page, where you can see how each new head coach is filling their staff, is up and running.

NFL Updates: See a running ticker of the latest news on the following head coach and general manager openings:

Chargers | Falcons | Jaguars | Jets | Lions | Texans

Boise State: The school has announced that Andy Avalos' deal is for five-years worth about $1.4 million annually.

South Carolina: Shane Beamer has formally announced the hires of Marcus Satterfield (OC / QBs), Clayton White (DC), and Luke Day (S&C). See the rest of Shane Beamer's hires to date via the Staff Tracker page.

Dallas Cowboys: Jason Simmons, a longtime Packers assistant currently serving as the passing game coordinator for the Panther,s has completed his interview for the defensive coordinator job, per multiple reports. Simmons previously worked with McCarthy in Green Bay.

A unique story here, where Father will coach against Son for the biggest state title in high school football

Minnesota Morris (D-III): Minnesota Morris is seeking entry level Offensive Assistant coaches. Preference giving to those with WR or QB experience. $4,000 salary, housing with some meals included, no benefits. The position responsibilities include, coaching a position, assisting with video, recruiting, and duties as assigned. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Those interested send information to Marty Hoffmann No phone calls please.

Illinois: Air Force special teams coordinator / running backs coach Ben Miller has been announced as tight ends coach. Miller previously worked as a graduate assistant at Illinois under Ron Zook before spending the last ten seasons at Air Force coordinating special teams, and the past nine years working with running backs.

Denver Broncos: Patriots assistant director of player personnel Dave Ziegler is withdrawing his name from the Broncos GM search, Ian Rapoport tweets. Rap adds that the Patriots have committed to Ziegler's future and Ziegler has in turn committed to New England. Albert Breer adds that Ziegler is well positioned to take over for director of player personnel Nick Caserio, who recently left to become the GM for the Texans.

Oregon: Per sources, Oregon and Director of Player Personnel Thomas Arends have parted ways.

Denver Broncos: The team has announced that they have completed their virtual GM interview with in-house candidate Brian Stark, who currently serves as director of college scouting.

Brian Daboll: Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll interviewed with the Jets this morning and will interview with the Chargers later today, Tom Pelissero tweets.

Arizona State: Graduate assistant Adam Breneman is being promoted to tight ends coach, according to multiple reports.

Matt Campbell: A day after a report shared that Campbell was "expected" to speak with the Jets, it appears the Iowa State head coach is opting to stay put.

Boise State: Oregon graduate assistant Kharyee Marshall is expected to join the staff of Andy Avalos,

SOURCE: #Oregon grad assistant Kharyee Marshall is expected to join new Boise State head coach Andy Avalos on his new staff. Marshall was a standout D-lineman for the Broncos.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2021

"> Bruce Feldman tweets. Western Kentucky: WKU has announced the promotion of Maurice Crum to defensive coordinator. Philadelphia Eagles:

Doug Pederson’s status as @Eagles coach is not firm, sources tell @Tim_McManus and me.
Pederson could be out if owner Jeffrey Lurie is not confident about Pederson’s vision going forward after the two meet again soon.
Lurie’s concerns extend well beyond Carson Wentz, per sources.

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 10, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Chris Mortensen tweets that Doug Pederson's status in Philly "is not firm," and that Pederson could be out if owner Jeffrey Lurie is not confident in the vision for the team moving forward.

Arkansas Tech University (D-II): Arkansas Tech has an immediate opening for a Graduate Assistant position. Preferred background with Defensive Backs or Offensive Skill position. The preferred candidate must be able to gain admissions into an ATU Graduate Program. Compensation: $920 a month (10 months), Tuition and Fees. No housing or meal plan will be provided. Please send your resume and references to

Playoffs: Ravens at Titans (Noon ct - ABC/ESPN), Bears at Saints (3:40pm ct - CBS) and Browns at Steelers (7:15pm - NBC). Let's go!

Atlanta Falcons: Adam Schefter tweets this morning that Saints assistant GM Terry Fontenot is "one of two or three finalists" for the vacant Atlanta GM job.

Boise State: Oregon director of player development Da'Vell Winters will be Andy Avalos' chief of staff at Boise sources tell FootballScoop.

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DFO Meetings: We are told there will be no DFO meetings during the traditional AFCA timeframe (and upcoming virtual meetings). All Ops business will be handled during the Spring Meetings (date TBD).

Houston Texans: Sources tell FootballScoop new GM Nick Caserio thinks highly of Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. Staley might get a shot there. Stay tuned…

USC: Sources tell FootballScoop Clay Helton is making a play to add an SEC offensive line coach.

How Healthy Is Your Program’s Culture? X&O Labs spent the last year researching the culture of over 40 football programs—such as North Carolina, Navy, Iowa, LSU, Arizona State among others. It is through this research they have identified the six behaviors needed for player-driven culture. Player-driven culture is widely considered the healthiest form of culture. The head coach is responsible for creating the standards, but the players make the decision to own and protect those standards. “It will be the programs that have learned to be completely player-driven that will thrive,” said Mike Kuchar, X&O Labs’ Senior Researcher. “Because they are the ones that can quickly adjust, pivot and manage themselves with little influence from anyone else.” X&O Labs has published this entire study in a 246-page book, The Player Driven Culture System: A Study of the Six Behaviors That Create and Sustain Player-Ownership of Football Programs. To learn more about this study and how to get a copy of the book, go here for study details. 

South Carolina: The Gamecocks are working on finalizing a deal with their new defensive coordinator, per report.

New Coaching Changes Page: Keep track of all the 2020-21 NFL and College head coaching movement here.

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