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In case you don't follow other news, apparently the Florida State OC (James Coley) was just hired by Miami to also be the OC. The key here is that he will have play-calling duties at Miami, while at FSU Jimbo Fisher called the plays. Coley is apparently also an ace recruiter.
Just thinking there might be some discussion about Coach O'Brien and play-calling. Do you think he should call plays as long as he's HC? Having an OC who calls plays can be enticing as it relates to bringing on other coaches, and at some point our staff will have enough turnover that it might be a factor.
On that note, I got the impression that last year O'Brien ran the offense and Roof ran defense. That was a luxury with an experienced d-coordinator. With a very green d-coordinator in Butler, can O'Brien afford to be so focused on offense?
I think O'Brien won't have to worry too much about the defense. I think LJ and Vandy will be the ones to step up and help out Butler. IIRC, didn't Roof come to Butler at times for help with certain things?
I was really hoping for a guy like George Godsey to come with BOB to PSU and be his protege and a guy that after a couple years BOB could turn more responsibility over to. I look at guys like Hixson, Strollo, London and Fisher don't really see an OC. Maybe London has the ambition/desire to become OC but right now if you had to label anyone offensive coordinator it would be Fisher??? The one good thing I guess BOB did was not give anyone a hollow title like FSU did with Coley.
I think that Bill O'Brien will never reliquish play calling duties. He seems to love doing it. There's no need for a fake OC.
The problem with being both the OC /play caller and head coach is that they are really different jobs that require real time decisions.
If you are the play caller you need to have a feel for the "vibe" of the game, know your offense completely. know what is working,be aware of time and time outs. know who is dinged, who needs a break, you aren't as involved with the rest of the game.
The head coach must be far more "global" in his approach. He must be aware of the whole game condition. his defense, offense and special teams...as well as strategy he wants in ALL phases at all times. That becomes the hard part. Seeing the big picture and redirecting strategy.
That is why either you have a guy( like Joe,Saben,or Harbaugh) who sits back and plugs in ideas from time to time keeping the big picture in mind, or a guy who concentrates on one area and literally delegates the other parts of the game to assistants( Spurrier,Chip Kelly,Peterson)
As OB gets more experience and faith in his assistants ,I believe he will back off like his Mentor Belichek does.
This post was edited by FLY 15 months ago
Yes, he should keep calling plays. He is good at it and it saves a coaching spot. Chip Kelly did it, Fisher does it, I believe Spurrier does it. It's a non-issue.
“We’re doing things we couldn’t imagine,” says safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong. “But we’re doing them together.”
Who said it was an issue?
It's interesting that you reference Belichick, FLY. I believe he went a whole season without both a DC and OC at one point. Might have even been while O'Brien was there.
I do think O'Brien will keep playcalling duties.
Play calling head coach worked at Oregon & worked for OB so why change? It's his team, so let him control the offense. It's not as hard as you may think when you have D coaches you trust.
Was BOB the OC the first year that he called plays in NE? I don't think he was... it is interesting to say the least.
BOB was QB coach. I believe 2011 was his first year as OC in NE.
October 12, 2013. PSU 43 - UM 40 (4 OT). Unfortunately this fan wasn't around long enough to see it!
BOB was calling plays for three years. He just wasn't the formal OC.
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