I have as good of an idea as you do of who Gundy will hire as his offensive coordinator. We could run down the popular candidates, such as Lincoln Riley and Jason Phillips, just as we did two years ago. If we’re going to speculate, let’s look at three guys you most likely haven’t mentioned in your “So who do you think it’s going to be?” conversations. How many of you heard that Monken was a candidate prior to his hiring in 2011?
*Note: I have not heard or read these guys’ names being connected to the opening. Just fun speculation here.
Current job: Clemson Tigers; Wide Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Coaching experience: Clemson Wide Receivers from 2008 to Present.
He might not have the experience Gundy wants in an offensive coordinator, but let’s look at his positives first. Rivals.com named him one of the top 25 recruiters last year, and I’m sure bringing in Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins had something to do with that. We like dominating wide receivers, right? I hear Oregon a lot, but I feel like Clemson is a more comparable football program to OSU.
Concern: In addition to his lack of experience, he’s a Clemson alum so it would be difficult to pull him away, especially when he knows the Clemson OC position will be open within a couple years when Chad Morris bolts for a head coaching job.
Current job: Unemployed (unless he has avoided the Internet recently)
Coaching experience: Spent one year in Stillwater under Jimmy Johnson as a tight ends coach, and also coached at Tulsa (OC), Colorado (RB), Mississippi State (QB) and East Carolina (OC & Head Coach) and spent a few years coaching in Europe before returning to coach at Boston College (OC). He had a brief three-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (RB).
Bold prediction: This will be the guy. It seems as if Logan has all the reason in the world to accept the job, that is of course if it’s offered to him. He was born in Lawton, raised in Broken Arrow and graduated from TU. His first coaching position was at the reputable, acclaimed Union High School. He has loads of experience, including 11 seasons as a head coach at ECU. And do we like Matt Ryan? Yes, we like Matt Ryan. When he was at Boston College, you could probably say Ryan made Logan look good or Logan made Ryan look good. That was Logan’s offense so he deserves credit just like we gave it to Monken when Weeden did work in 2011.
Concerns: Why is he unemployed? Will a 60-year-old man call “screw you” flea flickers when we’re up 30?
Current job: Cincinnati Bengals; Quarterbacks Coach
Coaching experience: Nine seasons in college football at San Diego (DB), Southern Cal (GA – Secondary), Northern Arizona (WR & OC) and Miami (QB/Passing Game Coordinator). Has spent 15 years in the NFL including Philadelphia (Offensive Assistant), Green Bay (Offensive Assistant), St. Louis (Offensive Assistant, WR and Passing Game Coordinator), and Cincinatti (QB).
How can I not throw in an NFL quarterbacks coach after Monken? He’s been in Cincinnati since 2003, and if quarterback play reflects his ability as a coach, I look at Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton. I’m not going to give him all the credit for Palmer’s progression over the first five years of his career because he was a Heisman quarterback. He would have made plenty of quarterback coaches look good. Dalton hasn’t been great, but he’s certainly exceeded expectations (at least mine) in his first two pro seasons. Two pluses for this candidate: (1) He’s already wearing orange and black, and (2) “Zampese” just sounds like an Oklahoma State OC name.
Concern: It’s not often someone holds the same assistant coaching job for ten years. He’s been good enough to keep his job, but not enough to earn an offensive coordinator position.
Let’s hear your suggestions on an Offensive Coordinator? Who do you want? Who are your sleeper picks?