No DC Hire Yet: Big Name Coming?

Submitted by detrocks on January 15th, 2011 at 10:14 PM

While the OC position has been known since coach Hoke was fired, the DC position remains unfilled.  If were getting a member of the Michigan Mafia such as Austin, Heater or Bedford, one would guess that we could have gotten them relatively quickly (especially given the fact that Austin is currently unemployed and Heater was before going to Temple).

Could the lack of a hire mean that we're going after a big name like Randy Shannon?  Or does DB feel that he needs to go through a six-day chasing period even though he knows who is going to get hired?



January 15th, 2011 at 10:25 PM ^

I doubt its Bedford! He has a very close friendship with strong from louisville! Last year he didnt go to florida when he was offered the job. But maybe the michigan brotherhood has a stronger bond than i assume.


January 16th, 2011 at 11:50 AM ^

I think it could be Trgovac too; he has been busy with the playoffs, which might be the reason for the delay. The fact that he and Hoke both have expertise with DL could only be a good thing based on our recent performance (The Hulk excluded).  Besides, I hear Brady is going to be pretty busy anyway.

I am anti Randy Shannon as we all know as soon as he sniffs another HC opportunity he is gone and then we're starting all over again.

If not Trgovac, I would probably prefer Heater or Austin over Bedford.  Or how about a package that includes all three with round-robin scheme calling responsibilities?


January 15th, 2011 at 10:34 PM ^

Ron English?  Jim Herrman?  I'm sure the criteria will be a "Michigan Man" and unless you've coached here before you cant coach here now. 

We're teaching The Victors to no one....either you know it or save the resume...we're not interested.


January 16th, 2011 at 2:11 PM ^

if BH has aspirations of being around for any amount of time (read: lifer), he should be looking at long term hires, not short fixes. avoiding a repeat of RR's DC carousel would be good for everyone... my sanity included.


January 16th, 2011 at 12:14 AM ^

Ron English?  Jim Herrman?  I'm sure the criteria will be a "Michigan Man" and unless you've coached here before you cant coach here now. 

We're teaching The Victors to no one....either you know it or save the resume...we're not interested.

Hopefully the asinine mentality of one David Brandon is not shared by Brady Hoke.


January 15th, 2011 at 10:37 PM ^

at least not someone who has been mentioned as a possible head coach in the past (or has, in fact, been a head coach).  Hoke cannot have someone who eclipses him as the head coach -- not because of ego (I don't see that as an issue for Coach Hoke) but because the team needs strong direction in transition and can't have a second guy acting like he is in charge.  I don't think Hoke's star is bright enough to avoid this issue with some of the names the MGoBoard is suggesting.  But I am not an expert on Brady Hoke.


January 15th, 2011 at 11:02 PM ^

I don't necessarily believe this. Look at what UF did with bringing in a DC to be head coach( yea he was coach in waiting but still has no HC experience) and then brouhgt in Weis with loads coaching including HC experience to be an OC. Granted yea we don't know how that is going to work out, but I think it will end up working out pretty well for them.


January 15th, 2011 at 11:45 PM ^

The Weis hire is a mistake for Florida. I think that bringing in a recent college head coach and multiple Super Bowl winner is a lot to saddle a first year HC with. I'm sure it helps with recruiting, but I just can't see it working unless the more experienced guy is very, very humble, which Big Charlie is most certainly not.

True Blue Crew

January 15th, 2011 at 10:39 PM ^

Per an article by Mark Snyder of the Free Press:

"NOTEBOOK: Colts defensive backs coach Al Williams could be a possibility for the U-M defensive coordinator job. He has worked in Indianapolis since coming from Tampa in 2002 with head coach Tony Dungy. He spoke during the 2010 Super Bowl week to the Chicago SunTimes about his desire to be a coordinator."

 Edit:  Todays Free Press


January 16th, 2011 at 8:24 AM ^

He has no college experience.



Alan Williams enters his ninth season as defensive backs coach of the Colts.  Williams joined Indianapolis from Tampa Bay, where he served in 2001 as a defensive assistant. 

In 2009, DB-Antoine Bethea was the only defender who opened 16 games.  He earned a second Pro Bowl bid and topped the team in tackles (120) and interceptions (4).  Melvin Bullitt (12) and rookies Jerraud Powers (12) and Jacob Lacey (9) started the majority of the outings, while Kelvin Hayden (eight starts), Marlin Jackson (four games) and Bob Sanders (two starts) had injury-interrupted seasons.  Bullitt (82, fourth), Lacey (78, fifth) and Powers (71, sixth) ranked among the club’s leading tacklers.  Lacey’s three interceptions included a scoring return, and seven DBs had interceptions for the club.  Hayden, Bethea and Powers each had post-season interceptions.  Lacey was tabbed for the PFW/PFWA and Sporting News NFL All-Rookie Teams.  The play of the secondary, under Williams’ tutelage, is a contributing factor to eight consecutive playoff appearances for Indianapolis.
In 2008, the club set an NFL mark by allowing only six touchdown passes, the lowest 16-game total in league history (9, Denver, 1978; Pittsburgh, 1980).  The defense ranked 3rd in NFL red zone efficiency in touchdowns allowed.  Bethea (126) and Bullitt (4) topped the team in tackles and interceptions.  The defensive backs had all of the club’s 15 interceptions.  In 2007, Indianapolis ranked 3rd in the NFL in total defense, marking the club’s highest defensive ranking since 1971.  The Colts yielded 279.7 yards per game, the lowest seasonal total since 1971.  Indianapolis ranked 1st in NFL scoring defense, its best showing since 2005 (2nd), and 262 points allowed marked the 2nd-fewest by the club in a 16-game season (247, 2005).  The Colts had 22 interceptions to rank T2nd in the league, while producing the best seasonal total since 1979 (23).  Sanders and Bethea earned Pro Bowl bids, while Sanders, among other citations, was named Associated Press NFL Defensive Player-of-the-Year, the first Colts player ever to earn the honor.
Williams has overseen the development of draft picks Sanders (D2-04), Jason David (D4-04), Jackson (D1-05), Hayden (D2-05), Matt Giordano (D4b-05), Tim Jennings (D2-06), Donald Strickland (D3-03), Mike Doss (D2-03), Bethea (D6b-06) and Powers (D3-09).  He has helped shape the careers of Bullitt and Lacey.  In 2006, Bethea was a 14-game rookie starter who ranked 3rd on the club with 105 tackles.  He added one regular-season interception and two in the playoffs, along with 14 tackles.  The secondary produced eleven of the club’s 15 regular-season interceptions, then had five in the playoffs.  Jackson’s last-minute theft secured the AFC Championship Game victory over New England, and Hayden’s 56t interception vs. Chicago provided the final points in Super Bowl XLI.  Sanders added a fourth-quarter interception against Chicago to help end the contest.  In 2005, the secondary had nine of the club’s 18 interceptions, and the interception total exceeded the number of touchdown passes allowed (17), a first for the club since 1992.  Sanders earned Pro Bowl honors in his second season, becoming the club’s first Pro Bowl defensive back since Jerry Logan and Rick Volk in 1971.  Five different defensive backs pirated passes.  In 2004, six defensive backs were among the eleven Colts to produce interceptions.  David (4), Nick Harper (3) and Doss (2) helped the club total 19 interceptions.  The secondary had the club’s three defensive touchdowns and helped the club amass a +19 turnover ratio, the best in the team’s Indianapolis era. 

Williams served with Tampa Bay in 2001.  He worked on a defensive staff that included defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin and coordinator Monte Kiffin.  He helped tutor a prominent secondary that intercepted 28 passes to help the club earn a playoff berth.  Ronde Barber (10) and Donnie Abraham (6) topped the club, and John Lynch had three interceptions.  Williams coached running backs at William & Mary, his alma mater, in 1996-97 and defensive backs in 1998-2000.  Williams helped guide RB-Alvin Porch to consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons and two all-conference awards.  Williams later tutored three defensive backs to all-conference recognition.  Williams joined William & Mary from Norview High School, where he worked from 1992-95 as assistant head coach for running backs and defensive backs. 

Williams graduated from William & Mary in 1992 after gaining 2,559 yards total offense (1,220 rushing and 1,331 receiving) from 1988-91.  In 1991, he led the team in receptions (57-598) and was second in rushing (104-439).  Williams owns the school’s single-game post-season record with four touchdowns (three rushing/one receiving) against Massachusetts in the Division 1-AA playoffs.

Williams was born on November 4, 1969 in Norfolk, Va.  Williams and his wife, Lisa, have three children, Christian, Solomon and Nathan.





College: William & Mary 1988-91.

Coaching Career: Norview HS 1992-95; William & Mary 1996-00; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2001; Indianapolis Colts 2002-present.


January 16th, 2011 at 12:28 AM ^

I have no idea why Snyder mentioned Al Williams, but I am extremely intrigued. Dungy guys have as solid a bet as any coaching tree. I bet the players would love being coached by a young guy with deep NFL ties, too.

No offense to Bedford or Austin, but enough of "the band" already. It's simply not a great way to go about business.