For All Fans Who Want A New OC, Who Did You Have In Mind?

Submitted by Santa Clause on October 23rd, 2017 at 11:39 AM

I keep seeing comments about how Harbaugh needs to go out and find the next Don Brown but for offense. It is my opinion that Don Browns don't grow on trees and are pretty hard to come by. So, is there a specific coach that any of you have in mind or are you all just talking out of your asses?


Occam's Razor

October 23rd, 2017 at 12:54 PM ^

TCU's OC is really good at what he does and revived Kenny Hill's career. 

Sonny Cumbie. Only 36 years old so he can adapt and learn. 

Drawback would be if Kingsbury get fired from Texas Tech b/c they'll probably look to hire Cumbie since he's also an alum there. 

Baugh So Har

October 23rd, 2017 at 1:27 PM ^

I'm not refusing to hold Harbuagh to his $9M/yr standard (part of that is NFL value), but his situation at Michigan has been unique. He's only had 2 full recruiting cycles, and this year in particular was always going to be a struggle considering how Hoke left the team structured.

Harbaugh needs to shake up his offensive staff, we all know that, but these complaints about not having a quarterback by Year 3 are meh. O'Korn, who is the backup, looked competant, despite our pass protection and receivers letting us down.

The main takeaways from Saturday night are 1) Penn State is legit 2) the answer to the spread (zone) offense is zone defense, or at least more of it - Don Brown, the dude that he is, got exposed taking key match-ups for granted 3) if one guy needs to be fired, it's Pep Hamilton. The routes he draws up take too long to develop, and the pass plays he convinces Harbaugh to green light are just wrong half the time.

We'll be good next year. Save the season by beating Ohio State.


October 24th, 2017 at 6:08 AM ^

He just shook up his offensive staff ... Pep as passing coordinator. Frey as o-line coach. Plus position shuffling due to Wheatley leaving. It takes time for a team to learn with new coordinators. Make a switch again, after one year, and we probably do this all over again. I’d rather ride it out. It doesn’t work next year, when the team matures in regard to experience, and I am all for changing the offensive staff.


October 23rd, 2017 at 11:40 AM ^

Come on man, Penn State's offense was in this exact position just two years ago and they went out and got a top notch OC. It's not unreasonable to expect Harbaugh to find someone just as capable. 


October 24th, 2017 at 9:30 AM ^

I really want to agree with this. My only reservation is that I don't know what goes on inside the fort and if it was more the fact that we lost 2 senior receivers who were able to get separation and are now in the NFL.

Perhaps it was a bit of both - Jedd leaving AND losing Darboh and Chesson.  Either way, it has been abysmal this year. If Tarik stayed healthy I dont think it would have been this bad.

I guess when your QB breaks his neck and your best receiver breaks his foot this is what you get.


October 24th, 2017 at 11:59 AM ^

I tend to agree with you. We are talking about a lot more than just a young talented OC. Poor o-line recruiting by Hoke. New passing game coordinator. New o-line coach. Different position coaches. Young receivers. Loss of starting QB. You can’t say Drev is The Specific Cause of this turd product on the field.

In fact, the Penn State game was more on poor D play than anything. You knew a rock fight was necessary to win. You let Barkley go nuts in the first quarter. I know Penn State had a bye week, motivation, skill position advantage, etc. But our D looked young and scared.

One key to performance is year-over-year consistency of staff. Prime example up the road ... Sparty goes 3-9 and keeps its staff in-tact. Staff adapts, once they understand personnel, and find a steady gameplan for winning. And that doesn’t include the youth angle - just the consistent coaching. Add youth with common coaching and it is reasonable to expect a solid to impressive jump next season.


October 23rd, 2017 at 1:08 PM ^

Moorehead to those who follow coaching and XandO's is a highly acclaimed OC.  There is a great article about his time at Fordham. He will be a top OC for a while, probably a head coach soon.  But Moorehead would be my choice. This game was lost by coaching more than anything, he came out and put on a coaching clinic Sat night vs Don Brown.  


October 24th, 2017 at 4:16 AM ^

I don't think Moorehead would move laterally from PSU to UM.  Are there any other names in the lower division ranks that having been getting attention in coaching circles as potential OCs at the next level?  (Chip Kelly was New Hampshire's OC for a number of years before making the leap to Oregon.)