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Old 01-01-2014   #81
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Does he have any desire to coach in the pros?

Last I looked there were a handful of coaching gigs open in the NFL and Jimbo just signed a big fat contract extension.
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Hixon has 8 years experience coaching WRs in the NFL, in addition to 25 years coaching in college. He has the resume.
Pretty solid.

Big question is Wade. I have mixed feelings about that.
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I am being real, some head coaches search out the best and brightest for their staff and other head coaches reward their friends and their recommendations. NFL coaching is not like any other job, there are only 32 NFL Head Coaches. If NFL coaching is like any other job so is commanding an USN aircraft carrier.
I coach at the middle and high school level... While that certainly doesn't qualify me to speak to NFL coaching, here's what I know: coaching, particularly in football, is a highly collaborative effort. Any lack of trust, understanding, agreement amongst the staff at fundamental levels makes the team weaker. Also, as the level of competition increases (from middle to high school, for instance), the importance of collaboration also increases significantly.

I don't think hiring coaching "friends" is about favoritism, weakness, or anything of the sort. Instead, it is about bringing together the best collection of collaborative partners possible. This is a good thing and an important part of staff-building... It is also the reason why I have been opposed to Cowher as the Texans' new head coach- I think he's been away from the game for too long to quickly unite a collaborative group of coaches that could quickly win.
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I don't know, you asked me to find you the next Belichick, I obliged. My guess is YES, most all coaches aspire to the highest level. I think Jimbo would be more like Jimmy Johnson than Steve Spurrier.

Lou Holtz told me that he knew in his first week as head coach of the New York Jets that he didn't enjoy it. It was not fun and college was much more rewarding for him. Lou also told me that the reason he was successful is because he knew how to win more football games than his fellow college head coaches.
You personally know Lou Holtz?
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You personally know Lou Holtz?
Yes, kind of....I hired him to speak at company event. I met him at airport spent an hour with him before he retired. He told me to meet him next morning at 5:00AM for breakfast. We spent 2 hours discussing company info and going over info he could use for his speech later that AM. At 8 am we jumped in back of limo for ride to venue. After his speech, autographs and pictures I took him to the airport. Lots of good and funny stories, many I can't tell here. We had met briefly before this at Augusta National but he did not remember. I doubt he would remember me today as this was 12 years ago.
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It's not so much as no one he knows and more to do with hiring the best and brightest coaches he can find vs hiring friend and buddies, Belichick vs Kubiak.
And you're sure Belichick never hired anyone he'd had previous experience with...? ...that wasn't considered a friend? You know this?
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And you're sure Belichick never hired anyone he'd had previous experience with...? ...that wasn't considered a friend? You know this?
Obsi, good coaches don't do that, and Belichick is a genius.
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And you're sure Belichick never hired anyone he'd had previous experience with...? ...that wasn't considered a friend? You know this?
I'm not saying Belichick never hired anyone he had worked with before. I'm sure he did but he hired him because Belichick thought he was bright intelligent coach not because he was a friend or good old boy.
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i would be happy with Hixon has the OC. but i want a big name or high potential guy as the DC
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Loooong shot, but the coach from NE that Bill O'Brien will probably want but not get is Dante Scarnecchia - NE's OL coach since 2000.

Pepper Johnson - Coached up Vince Wilford & Pats D-line from '04-'11, now Pats' LB coach. #Texans

Tim Banks - Current Illinois DC. Was the LBs & DBs coach for Ralph Friedgen from '03-'06. #Texans

Brian Flores - Current safeties coach for NE. Was an assistant coach for O'Brien's offense / special teams. #Texans

Chad O'Shea - Replaced O'Brien as WR coach in NE in '09 when Bill was promoted. Played QB at U of H & from Houston. #Texans

Ted Roof - Hired O'Brien as OC/QB coach at Duke, was DC for O'Brien in '12 at Penn State, before going back to Ga Tech as DC. #Texans

Several coaches to watch for joining O'Brien in Houston: George Godsey - played QB at Ga Tech for O'Brien & hired him as Off Asst in NE...
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Gawd-dangit..... Now we're going to get a bunch of New England assistants....

What's that story about the briar patch again?
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Gawd-dangit..... Now we're going to get a bunch of New England assistants....

What's that story about the briar patch again?
Braddock was just mentioning names that O'Brien might consider due to his ties in NE; the Oline and TE coaches, in particular, would be very intriguing hires.
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Found some information on a potential addition by way of Texans TV. Interview with Drew Dougherty below where he mentions his 'right hand man' at Penn State.

http://www.houstontexans.com/tv-medi...9-0ec82d17cff1

Took me a while to get the name right but he is talking about Jim Bernhardt. Couple of articles about him below:

http://footballscoop.com/news/9455-a...right-hand-man

"But at none of those stops was he as busy, or juggle as much responsibility, as he does now in a non-coaching role working with Bill O'Brien at Penn State."

"It’s a vital position for me,” O’Brien said in a recent interview. “You have to have somebody who can come in here and critique you. Who is critiquing the head coach? Obviously you have a boss, which is the athletic director. They’re in the Bryce Jordan Center and critiquing me on the overall program. Jimmy is critiquing me on a day-to-day basis, and not just critiquing me but critiquing the program in a constructive way," O'Brien told Audrey Snyder of PennLive.com. “He critiques me on X's and O's, on motivational things, overall recruiting ideas,” O’Brien said. “It’s maybe something in the weight room, something structurally in this facility. He helps make the schedule.”

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Braddock was just mentioning names that O'Brien might consider due to his ties in NE; the Oline and TE coaches, in particular, would be very intriguing hires.
Dante Scarnecchia is a pipe dream and would probably hurt NE a lot if he left to Houston. He's been there for so long it's pretty inconceivable that he would just up and move for O'Brien when so many other Pats coordinators have left and I'm sure offered him promotions on other teams.
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We could certainly do worse.
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That's who I've been hoping for to be honest. Truthfully, I have been thinking about him as our DC since the beginning of the season. He is a great DC, just a terrible HC. I would approve
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Crennel, 66, didn’t coach this season. He was fired as Kansas City’s head coach after the 2012 season with two years left on his contract.

O’Brien said at his introductory news conference on Friday that he wasn’t ready to determine if he’ll play a 3-4 or a 4-3. He used a 4-3 at Penn State. Crennel is a 3-4 proponent.

The Texans switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 in 2011 when Wade Phillips became the defensive coordinator. Phillips and the rest of the Texans’ assistants will be interviewed by O’Brien.

If O’Brien is able to lure Crennel back into the coaching fraternity, one of this former New England players thinks it would be a “great” move for the Texans...........
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