In part one of this series, we covered the main coaching positions. Head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator. Today, in part two, we will dive a little deeper into the coaching staff.
Quarterbacks Coach: Now, a quarterback coach’s job gets overlooked a lot of the time. There are a lot of ways to grade how good a quarterback coach is, but the best way is just the overall success of their quarterbacks. With that being said, I will be taking Ryan Day as my quarterback coach. Although Day is not a true quarterback coach, Ryan Day has produced good quarterbacks time and time again, especially at Ohio State. Starting off with Justin Fields, he proved to be a top-two quarterback in his draft class and broke a lot of records at Ohio State. Then CJ Stroud, a two-time Heisman finalist, arguably the best quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft, and will be a franchise quarterback for years to come. Then you look at guys you haven’t even got to watch yet, Devin Brown and Kyle McCord, both quarterbacks who are fighting for a spot at Ohio State but could play at 85% of colleges in America.
Defensive Line Coach: The strength of a team’s defensive line can really determine how well your whole defense and team will be. When looking at defensive success, you can’t help but to be attracted to the success of the Georgia Bulldogs. They’ve had a top three defense in the past two years, what did that get them? Back-to-back National Championships. Solely based off that, Tray Scott of the Georgia Bulldogs makes my all-star coaching staff for defensive line coach.
Offensive Line Coach: Offensive line coaches aren’t the most well-known names, unless they are bad. Most of the time, you only know of these coaches because their offensive line isn’t doing their job. This was one of the hardest to choose from because there were a lot of really solid offensive lines like LSU, Oregon, USC, Utah, UCLA, and so many more. After looking over all the stats and seeing the production of offensive linemen after college, I decided to go with Tim Drevno from the UCLA Bruins. Drevno took over once Justin Frye left for Ohio State and did a great job. Although UCLA as a team didn’t succeed, they led the NCAA in multiple offensive line categories and were top five in plenty of important categories. Drevno has guided four offensive linemen to the NFL Draft in his time as an offensive line coordinator as well. This coaching position could have gone to a lot of coaches but basing solely off stats (whether you like it or not) UCLA looked the best on the papers.