Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Potential UCLA Offensive Coordinator Candidates Named

Bruin Report Online has named a few possible candidates for the UCLA OC job that became available this week. Here is who they are naming, and my take on each candidate...

Greg Knapp
He is currently the QB Coach for the Denver Broncos, working with Paxton Lynch. He has been an NFL assistant forever, and could be a decent mind for Josh Rosen to pick during what is sure to be his final season at UCLA, if he is healthy.
My Take: He understands the NFL style pro set offense that Mora so badly wants to run. Could be a good sign, but would not be my first pick.

Sterlin Gilbert
Now formerly of Texas, Gilbert was working with a freshman QB who developed decently this season, and RB De'Onta Foreman was a 2000 yard rusher. Those are traits that make him an interesting candidate.
My Take: It was not offense that failed the Longhorns in 2016, and the run game he brings is something that UCLA is in dire need of. Still, he brings too many spread elements, which is something that UCLA is trying to get away from.

Mike Sanford
Currently the QB Coach and OC at Notre Dame, where he had a very successful QB in DeShone Kizer. He has a spread mentality, but has had some success. He should be a primary target, as Notre Dame and Brian Kelly's relationship falls apart.
My Take: Could be a primary target, as his offenses have been explosive at times, and his QB development history is very good. UCLA needs someone who can develop QBs, as they haven't had that since Jim Svaboda was unceremoniously dumped by Karl Dorrell.

Phil Longo
Currently the OC at FCS school Sam Houston State. His offense is one of the most potent units in FCS football, and is a master at QB development. Again, this is something that UCLA needs.
My Take: Longo is up for the Delaware job, but the UCLA OC job could be a better match. He could be my favorite candidate on the list.

Steve Sarkisian
Working as an offensive analyst at Alabama after getting canned at USC for being an out of control drunken crazy man.
My Take: No...just no. 

Cam Cameron
Now former LSU OC, and former Indiana Coach. His offensive mindset is probably more 1983 than 2016.
My Take: Absolutely not!

One candidate not mentioned here, because he is simply my guy...

Jim Svaboda
Current Central Missouri Coach who coaches massively explosive offenses. Dumped by Karl Dorrell as OC by text message, because Svaboda would not run Dorrell's boring offense. He developed Drew Olsen into a star college QB, and also developed RB Maurice Jones-Drew and TE Marcedes Lewis.
My Take: Bring Him BACK!!!! MAKE IT RIGHT!!!!

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