Thursday, February 10, 2011

Loeffler completes Owligator coaching Trinity

Loeffler completes the Owligator Holy Trinity

If Groundhog Day was last Wednesday, you can call this Wednesday Owligator Day.
As good as last Wednesday was recruiting for the Owls, Owligator Day beats Groundhog Day by a good bit.
That's because Temple signed Scot Loeffler as offensive coordinator on Wednesday, completing the "Holy Trinity" of Gator coaches who will be roaming the sidelines at Temple.
Steve Addazio, head coach.
Chuck Heater, defensive coordinator.
Scot Loeffler, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks' coach.
Think about it.
Temple's head coach is a guy who was HEAD coach (yes, head coach) at Florida to be its head coach. (I know it's a technicality but Addazio was head coach for three months while Urban Meyer was on sick leave.) I really think Daz's personality is more suited to being a head coach than an offensive coordinator in terms of being a CEO-type and a motivator. We won't know for sure until he beats up Villanova like Muhammad Ali beat up Chuck Wepner, but Temple is getting a guy who could be a gem as a head coach.
Temple is also getting a guy who was co-defensive coordinator at Florida to be its defensive coordinator. ("Head coach of the defense," Addazio said.)
Now Temple is also getting a guy who was at least partly responsible for the development of Tom Brady, Chad Henne and Brian Griese as Michigan quarterbacks because he there when all three were at Michigan.
Oh yeah.
 He was Tim Tebow's quarterback's coach, too.
Temple is sending a message to the rest of the college football world that its football program is in capable hands by completing this Holy Trinity of Owligators.


The Loeffler File:
• Led a Florida quarterback unit that led the nation in pass efficiency (167.3) in 2009. They passed for 3,305 yards for 28 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Florida ranked second in the SEC in passing offense with an average of 236.1 yards per game.

• Guided Tim Tebow in his final season at Florida, during which he passed for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns, finishing his senior year with a passing efficiency of 164.17. The quarterback left Florida with five NCAA, 14 SEC and 28 UF records
• Led the Michigan quarterbacks for six seasons, guiding second-round draft pick Chad Henne. Under the tutelage of Loeffler, Henne became the first true freshman QB to lead his team to a Big Ten title and start in a BCS bowl game. Henne set school marks in career passing yards (9,715), touchdowns (87), completions (828) and attempts (1,387).
• Helped develop John Navarre into the team’s first All-Big Ten first-team quarterback since 1997.
• Helped guide two NFL quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Brian Griese as a graduate and student assistant at Michigan and was a part of the Wolverine staff during the 1997 undefeated season and National Championship title.

With these three hirings, it becomes abundantly clear that Temple is serious about big-time football because these are big-time guys.
Why am I so excited about this?
First off, addition by subtraction.
I've been hearing rumors for the better part of a month now that Addazio might have been planning to keep Matt Rhule as offensive coordinator.
Been there, done that.
Rhule had a lot of beautiful square parts he tried to plug into round holes last year.
He had a Heisman Trophy back (at least, talent-wise if not durability-wise) in Bernard Pierce, great wide receivers in Rod Streater, Michael Campbell, Joey Jones, an all-MAC first-team tight end in Evan Rodriguez and a capable backup in Alex Jackson ... and ... AND ...a New Jersey high school first-team all-state quarterback in Mike Gerardi ... and ... AND ... an offensive line that averaged 318 yards across the front.
Yet he (or head coach Al Golden) doesn't play the all-state QB until the middle of the season, yet he (or Golden)  alternates the Heisman Trophy guy with a 5-5, 150-pound back and doesn't even attempt to do what worked so well in 2009. That is, establish the run behind a great back and throw off play-action. If they had done that, MAC secondaries would have bitten hard enough on the ball fake that Owl receivers would have been so wide open the toughest decision would have been which one to pick out.
With Brown out there, except for the UConn game and the first half of the Penn State game, Pierce was never allowed to establish a rhythm.
As a result, save for those rare exceptions, Temple's offense was a clusterbleep from the opening play of the Villanova game until the final play of the Miami game.
You score three points against The Fake Miami with that talent?
You've got to be kidding me.
Loeffler was on campus doing some quality control analysis on Monday and Tuesday.
On Wednesday, he accepted the job.
Evidently, he saw he had a lot of good moving parts to work with. Maybe he made the assessment, like I have, that a big-time backup needs to be developed with Pierce-like size and speed. Maybe Myron Myles is that guy. Maybe Nate Smith is that guy. But we need to find that guy badly.
By Villanova, with a pair of fresh and capable eyes he should be able to find the square holes for those square pegs.
Owligators.
I like the sound of that nickname for our all-star coaching staff.

22 comments:

thomas said...

TFF I am right there with you on being excited that the OC is not Matt Rhule, although I think having him on th eteam is a good thing in the transition. When i did some research i foud this quote aboute Scot Loeffler,
"One of the reasons the Lions didn't want to lose Loeffler is because he's considered one of the bright young offensive minds in football. Before joining the Gators, Loeffler received overtures to join two other pretty good offensive coaches -- Lane Kiffin, the new head coach at Tennessee and Steve Sarkisian, the new head coach at Washington."
I am excited about having an OC that is highly regarded in the nfl and college as a great young football mind. Also as a former qb coach he should bring another dimension to our offense that we lacked while Al Golden was here

Temple Football Forever said...

Rhule did a nice job for both Al and Daz at other non-OC responsibilies. He's a consumate professional. He may have been handcuffed by the micromanaging of AG, but I didn't want to have to find out next year if he wasn't. Since the LB position is taken for, as is the recruiting coordinator spot, I just don't see a suitable position coach job available on the staff for him.

Kent said...

TFF,

this is the best news you have posted in the last four months...to include the hiring of Daz and Heater! what has been the problem with our beloved Owls the last three years? the offense! now we have a guy who will put our playermakers in position to make plays - i am so excited. this makes up for the lousy recruiting class in spades.

Temple Football Forever said...

Kent,
I agree. Today is a great day to be a Temple Owl. This indicates to me that SA has his stuff together enough to put the right guys pushing the right buttons.
He said Heater is head coach of the defense. I hope he makes Scot (one T, for Temple) head coach of the offense and SA concentrates on being CEO and motivator.
That's how all great organizations are run.

Ant said...

Love the move, and that TU football keeps making noise. Thomas I also saw the Lane wanted him and I love the fact tat we have some names that are relevant around the country in college football. +1 for Addazio on this hire.
Oh yeah TFF lets get to sb nation- just throw some scores up there for basketball like all the others and you will do great- plus the message board will really take off...Cause this site is the front line of Tu football and you could do much for the program if you were there...

Temple Football Forever said...

Thanks, Ant.
I do this as a labor of love and just hope to cover my wireless computer bill with the donations but I promise I will think more about SB Nation.
I have always loved the singular design of those sites.
Bottom line is I know Temple football is a 365-day-a-year job for the kids who put the uniform and want to give them whatever support I can.

Walter said...

All bets are off if the new OC tries to run a spread offense here at Temple. Kent says that the offense has been the problem for the past 3 years... I'd say that the offense has been the problem for most of the past 20 years. We've fielded some pretty good defenses that were just overtaxed because the offense could not sustain drives. I don't think Temple can consistently recruit players who can most effectively run the spread. I am reminded of Army trying to run the spread offense (not to mention Temple under Bobby Wallace) and the enormous steps backward both programs took trying to run an offense they didn't have to horses to run. Golden's East Coast, ball control offense was a perfect fit for the talent level we've historically been able to get.

Temple Rugby said...

OK, now I am excited! Can't wait until Nova!!!

Kent said...

TFF,

OK,Urban Meyer is now an Owl fan by definition. should we start taking bets on his first reference to our Owls on ESPN? or should we just sit back knowing with full confidence he won't let our ship go off course? how ironic - AG goes South to the U, and the Gators come North to us. i'm predicting right now that over the next five years Temple will enjoy a better record than the U. Why? because this is a real and present offspring of the Maimi vs UF discourse.

Temple Football Forever said...

Kent,
I deleted your "next level" comment before it would have been published because it had your phone number in it.
Thanks for the offer, though.
SB Nation is tempting.
I like TFF where it is for now.
Mike

Temple Football Forever said...

Do you think these guys will let up the gas on Nova like AG did with a 24-14 fourth-quarter lead?
I don't think so.
Hopefully, the lead is 50-14 by the fourth quarter.

NOVA Football Owl said...

we need to re-work and tweek the DAZ mantra. "Our goals are to win the city and the local media, win the state, win our conference, and win bowl game. that is what we are trying to do."

What is the first goal for all the BCS teams from Florida? Win the state! We need to schedule Pitt, Penn State, and Nova every year and beat the tar out of them

Temple Football Forever said...

err,interesting screen name .... we DO schedule all of those teams every year, with only the exception of Pitt.

Paul Palmer's Boutique said...

Mike, I'm not sure if you and your followers have noticed the recent Urban Meyer story. Apparently, the main reason for him calling it quits was the "garbage" that was happening with his program. The "garbage" he refers to is the more than 30 criminal acts associated with his players at Florida. Of course, this begs all kinds of questions about his own accountability, hypocracy, leadership, recruiting stands, etc. And does this not portend the same sort of situation with this almost, identical, coaching staff at Temple? This was one of my concerns with the hiring of Addazio. Al Golden valued good behavior and academics and put them first. He layed down the law early and often. There was a zero tolerance for bad behavior. Golden rightly believed that to allow such behavior undermined the ethics of winning and winning the right way. Obviously, Urban Meyer might have talked a good game, but winning was paramount and there was little to no accountability with regard to players' off the field behavior. I would be wary about how Addazio handles such things. I wonder if he gets it. Al Golden, to his credit, was on top of these things. I submit to you that Temple football cannot afford to devolve in such a direction after many years of establishing such a strong foundation.

NOVA Football Owl said...

NOVA is Northern Virginia

Coach Hoover said...

I'm a Gator fan and high school coach who stumbled onto this site by accident, but I had the chance to sit in a position meeting at Florida and hear Coach Heater with his DBs. I can honestly say he is the best communicator and teacher of any coach I have ever had the chance to hear. I'm looking forward to see what he does with the Temple defense this year. Go Owls!

Ant said...

Oh, how i wish we were back in the big east. Uconn, Pitt, Rutgers,Cuse, I would love to beat all of them now. In a way I feel an all sport move is coming soon in the next conf. shake--up- and that would be the greatest for TU

Temple Football Forever said...

PPB,
I think you can knock SA for a lot of things, especially his offensive acumen (which a lot of Gator fans have) but one of those things is not his dealings with young men. His Gators, his Hoosiers, his Orange, all loved the guy and his love back was tough love.
I don't know who was responsible for those Fla. problems, but I don't think it was Steve.
I worry more about his recent recruiting (the best player was a two-time JUCO transfer who might have problems getting those courses approved by TU), the Brumfield/Reid trade and his penchant for calling the dive play on first and second downs.
That said, all will be forgiven with a 55-3 win over Nova.

Paul Palmer's Boutique said...

Is all really foregiven with a 55-3 win? Really, 30 criminal acts by players would be foregiven. I don't deny that Addazio and Heater are outstanding coaches. I don't deny the palpable excitement SD brings to Temple football. But we are yet to find out what his standards are for running a football program. To be fair, he could very well be the kind of guy, like Golden, who standardizes academic and off the field behavior as well as playing performance. But I would be wary. The way he comports himself leads me to think he's strictly an x's and o's guy. He strikes me as old school. And old school can equal no to school. No to the rules. And no to off the field standards. Ironically, Joe Paterno is the greatest football coach ever, not because of all the wins, but because of the way he deals with young men / players. It's the same way he's dealt with his own children. Absolute accountability. Incidently, this is why he's lasted at Penn State and gotten all those wins. Paterno, and his pupil, Al Golden, are examples that if you run your program the right way, good things will follow.

Temple Football Forever said...

by "all will be forgiven" i mean the Brumfield/Reid trade, some questionable recruiting decisions, a UConn dalliance, not criminal violations.
I don't know SA's involvement in those Florida things, if he had any, or I really don't think anyone knows for sure.

Tom Cannon said...

Mike, I think S.A. gets a pass this recruiting season. As a South Carolina grad/fan I remember Steve Spurrier's first class with the Gamecocks being very mediocre. It's tough when approaching kids on the recruiting board who had been dealing with a different set of coaches. See Al Golden at Miami.

S.A. earned his reputation as an outstanding recruiter in the most cutthroat league in the country. He will recruit well at Temple.

Arnold said...

i truly believe this group of coaches can take temple to a national level. any idiot that thinks a city school cannot recruit needs their head examined. next year will be addazio's first recruit class. he needs at least 1-2 4star players and the rest 3 stars. with such a group they will improve dramatically. by 2013 they should be looking for running backs in the 4.4 range. i must admit they made a mistake on ryan brumfield.