Me and a buddy were talking last night about Jimbo and the state of the offense, the upcoming bowl game, inmate Jenkins, etc. We started noticing a trend in coordinators turned head coaches. Why is it that most offensive gurus end up with teams that rely heavily on defense and defensive gurus end up with offensive juggernauts? I figured this would be a good discussion with the smart folks at TN and you other guys.
Some examples we came up with are:
A) Of course, Jimbo Fisher (offensive coordinator). Jimbo was considered one of the top OC's in the nation at LSU. For God's sake, he made Jamarcus Russell the top pick in the NFL draft. Now he is relying strictly on defense to win games.
2) Bill Belichick: (defensive coordinator). Belichick is a Parcells disciple who was known for his tough, hard nosed defenses. He had some great defenses in his early years as the Patriots head man. Now, he is coaching the worst defense in the NFL. Making a living outscoring the oppsition.
D) Brian Billick: (offensive coordinator). Billick was the offensive genius behind the Minnesota Vikings record breaking offense. He was hired as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. While the offense was always anemic, Billick led the team to a Super Bowl Championship behind one of the most dominating defenses in NFL history.
Jello) Mark Richt (offensive coordinator). Mark Richt was the offensive coordinator for some of the dominating FSu teams of the 90's. His offenses regularly dropped video game numbers on his opponents. He was hired as the head man at UGA. While his offenses haven't been that bad, the defense more times than not carry the load for UGA.
Pizzarolli) Tony Dungy (defensive coordinator). Tony Dungy was the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings under Dennis Green. Dungy's defense was regularly a top 3 if not the top defense in the NFL. He took the head coaching job at Tampa Bay where his teams excelled on the defensive side of the ball. He was fired and replaced with Jon Gruden (more on him later). Dungy then took over the job in Indianapolis, where his "Tampa 2" defense was expected to get the Colts and PeytonManning over the hump. They got over the hump, winning the Super Bowl with a defense that showed up in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Colts' D never consistently got better than mediocre. For all his great work as a defensive coach, he'll always be remembered for coaching an offensive minded team.
Jenkins) Jon Gruden (offensive coordinator). Jon Gruden was the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers before taking over as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He had good success with the Raiders, due to mostly offense. He was traded to the Buccaneers in 2002, where he won a Super Bowl behind a powerful defense. His offenses in Tampa never really materialized and he was subsiqently fired. Gruden is still considered an offensive genius, but if he doesn't get back into coaching he will be remembered as the head coach of a dominating defensive team.
Barbara) Bob Stoops (defensive coordinator). Bob Stoops was the defensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier at Florida before being hired as the head coach at Oklahoma. Stoops' defenses were always overshadowed by the "Fun 'n Gun" offenses that Spurrier made popular. Make no mistake about it though, Stoops' defense brought it every year. Now in his 13th year in Norman, Stoops' defenses are once again overshadowed by an offense that has consitently dropped 40+ on opponents for years. Stoops will be remembered as an offensive coach, even though he cut his teeth as a defensive guy.
Streisand) Les Miles (offensive coordinator). We all know the story of Les Miles going from offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State to NFL assistant to Head Coach at Ok State to head coach and forever in debt to Satan for his run of success at LSU. Miles offenses routinely lack the skills to get out of their own way, but they have a devistating defense every year that bails the offense out week in and week out.
I know there are more, and I know there are exceptions, but it seems that most coordinators that really have success at the head coaching position do so on the opsite side of the ball. Any idea why this is? I'd love to hear it.