Friday, February 14, 2014

New coaching changes on offense

Quarterbacks coach Brooks Bollinger has left, and Paul Chryst will take over quarterback coach duties.  The new running back coach is John Settle, who most recently was with the Cleveland Browns, and before that, the Carolina Panthers.  He was also the running backs coach at Wisconsin from 2006-10. Settle was the first undrafted NFL rookie to run for over 1,000 yards in a season, in 1988, and was named to the Pro Bowl that season. He went to Appalachian State and is a native of North Carolina. For what it's worth, I wholeheartedly endorse both developments.

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  1. Yea Chris, I posted this on the other thread before this was open. - Even though Settle is another incestuous hire, he has the qualifications unlike some of the other incestuous Chryst hires.

    This is an upgrade pushing Bollinger out the door with Chryst taking over QBs, Rudolph taking over TEs and bringing in Settle to coach the RBs

    Maybe after 2 years Chryst has finally seen the light (although he still has some dead weight with Haering and Inoke)

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  2. Wow... Everybody has wanted changes on the staff, and we're getting them. I like it. I hope it works out. The status quo needed to go...

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  3. PC seems like a different person from just a year ago when it comes to hiring assistants. Settle is from the southeast and has very impressive credentials.

    Getting Soup Campbell would finish a much more impressive staff than before, but even if not, there is reason is to have more faith that a qualifed WR coach will be brought in.

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    1. Settle also has the Wisconsin connection, so it's really not any different from previous hires.

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  4. Any word on ties Settle might have to next years recruiting class?
    After hiring a WR coach, presumably SOUP, does the coaching shuffle come to an end for this season, or do you see any other moves that might be made?
    Looks like next year the name of the game will be turnovers and run the ball down peoples throats. Lets hope it is successful, because that could be fun to watch.

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  5. Wow, cant say I saw this one coming, I thought Bollinger was a pretty good coach. Chris anything on this Campbell guy or is there no interest.

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  6. Is this because he lost Freebeck? I thought they liked him - guess i was wrong.

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  7. Bollinger left on his own. He doesn't want to coach anymore.

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  8. Chris, I like what I've been seeing this year. I like the fact that they are bringing in the big uglies on offense, in this year's recruiting class and I like that they are addressing the defensive secondary, by hiring an experienced guy. Both Settle and Douglas have been around and have ties to North Carolina and Florida, so their addition should be a positive development with Pitt recruiting.

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  9. Chris - just curious, why do you endorse Bollinger leaving? His heart just was never in it?

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    1. It's not that I endorse him leaving, it's that I endorse Chryst handling the QBs. The truth is, Chryst is a QB guru and he's going to be heavily involved with them anyway. It's a waste to have a QB coach go against their coaching limit.

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  10. This was unexpected. I was thinking since PC didn't make any early changes he was going to keep the staff together. But looks like he was just waiting until after the signing period. I think that was a smart move on his part.

    Any idea when he was at WI what region he recruited for them? He's been out of the college recruiting game for 3 years and while I know he spent 2 of them in Carolina that doesn't mean he has any high school ties there.

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    1. He didn't do much recruiting at Wisconsin. Wherever they put him he's going to have to forge some new relationships.

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  11. How many BCS HC's are position coaches?
    I know some may handle the play calling on the offense or defense but never heard of an HC as a position coach.

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    1. Hmm, Bill O Brien was @ PSU

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    2. I think Chryst should just name himself OC/QB coach.
      Rudolph as TE and Assistant HC as he is just a puppet OC currently.

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    3. Walt was the QB coach when he was at Pitt.

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  12. Good moves by Chryst. If your not able to bring in 4 and 5 star recruits, you better have coaches that can coach up your 3 star players. If you don't, you're in deep trouble.

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  13. i love the moves from a coaching stand point they are better coach then we had.
    but from a recruiting stand point i dont know settle was not much of a recruiter and erik campbell was not a great recruiter so the recruiting is all on douglas as far as the new coachs go.
    but if campbell comes to pitt also i would say we are 100 percent better off then we were what a job chryst has done with the staff at last but they say better late then never..

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  14. Chris, do you know if the new coaches wives are good looking?

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  15. I like these hires and I really like Chryst taking over as QB coach, he flat out knows what he's doing there. I also like having an NFL RB coach given the talented guys we already have on the roster.

    I think what these moves signal is that Chryst is getting better as a head coach. We sometimes forget that is his first ever job as head coach at any level. I hope he keeps learning and improving.

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  16. Chris,

    The hiring of John Settle explains why House is going to be coaching the Middle Backers instead of bringing in another Coach to do it... if that was your argument.

    Settle is another GREAT GET for Chryst. Interesting that he's also from North Carolina. Combine that with the fact that Douglas is from Florida, and you see how the pieces are coming together as far as recruiting goes.

    I've always known "Man with a Plan" to be a fitting description for Chryst. Now everyone is getting a glimpse of it.

    PittofDreams

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    1. That wasn't my argument. It has nothing to do with House. It's about having a quality LB coach that is capable of teaching three more players.

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    2. Get it. Your issue is with Haering.

      If House is going to Coach a position, I still think coaching Middle Backers makes sense since that's who he's primarily communicating with during games.

      PittofDreams

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    3. Would we have gotten Bookser or Grimm without Haering? Maybe? Not so sure, at least not both.

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  17. Chris, I would think, considering that both Matt House and Paul Chryst have worked with these coaches in the past, that they know what they're getting. It's not just that this guy impressed us in the interview. Also, this tells us that they are looking at the team's deficiencies and they are trying to address them.

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  18. Chris,

    Do you have a name besides Campbell for Receivers Coach?

    PittofDreams

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  19. Two down and one to go. Let's see who Paul Chryst hires as their new wide receiver coach. If he's anywhere near as good a hire as Bobby Engram, it will be terrific. Hopefully we'll hear soon.

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  20. Brooks Bollinger will be missed.

    Despite his immediate decision to pursue a non-football opportunity back home, I do expect him to return to Coaching some day.

    His record as a rookie Head Coach at the high school level speaks for itself… as does the success he had in helping to dramatically improve a couple of Pitt Quarterbacks.

    Hopefully there will be no drop off with Chryst... and this comes from a BIG Chryst supporter.

    Bollinger was a better athlete than Quarterback. He repeatedly found a way to secure a place for himself on NFL rosters despite being the DEFINITION of AVERAGE when it comes to size and throwing ability.

    It's guys like that who make the BEST COACHES. Do not doubt for a second that the time Bollinger was able to dedicate to tutoring Pitt's Quarterbacks was a BIG FACTOR in the dramatic changes that we saw with both Sunseri and Savage.

    PittofDreams

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    1. Bollinger simply followed Chryst's orders. He won't be missed at all, except maybe on the recruiting trail where Pitt is probably lacking even more.

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    2. Doesn't Rudolph just follow Chryst orders and game plan?

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    3. If true, I would be totally surprised to find out that Chryst did not allow Bollinger, an NFL Veteran QB... to take some lead in teaching what he knows to the QBs.

      Just don't think that would have been the case, especially considering that Chryst does not exactly fit the descriptiion of a "Control Freak."

      PittofDreams

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    4. It is the case. Just like a Rex Ryan is really running the defense for the Jets, Chryst is running the QBs for Pitt. Any head coach that gives up the reins to what he's excellent at is not very smart. Why would Chryst defer to someone else to mentor his QBs when that's his specialty? Chryst merely told Bollinger what he wanted and Bollinger was there day to day. Now they are just skipping the middle man. The reason Pitt even hired Chryst was because of his offensive mind. Without that he's nothing. I think we can see as far as overseeing things like a head coach does, he's still pretty suspect. The only way he's going to be successful is if he utilizes his offensive mind to his best advantage.

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    5. POD,
      You must have never seen Chryst run a practice. He is a control freak.
      He is still operating like an OC instead of an HC.

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    6. Have seen Chryst run a practice. "Control Freak" would not be the description I'd use.

      PittofDreams

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  21. Chris, Should Artis start in place of Young from here on out? The guy is playing really well. He seems to be getting rebounds and scoring. Young is good in all but he is just rebounding. Your thoughts??

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  22. I tweeted that all game. Young is going to good but Artis is already a grown man. He's been very impressive.

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    1. Should Artis be starting next game??

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  23. Artis was a non-factor against Syracuse. Don't let one game sway you.

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  24. Does it matter who starts? Artis played well versus UVa and Cuse but was a total non-factor in between. Newkirk played the most minutes in crunch time vs Va Tech but stunk vs Miami.

    Jamie has been playing the one in crunch time who provides the best chance for Pitt on that particular game

    bill

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  25. I would like to see and increase in minutes from all four of the freshmen. However the individual match ups go often have a lot to do with that. I also thought Jamie Dixon needed to deviate from his two foul rule in the first half. He left Lamar Paterson on the bench for 9 minutes and that's when NC went from a 5 deficit to leading by 4 at the half. Sometimes when a player is as important to a team as Paterson is, you have to take a chance that he will stay out of foul trouble.

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