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Geez!!!It is official!
If “yes!” to your points above, Lf, he WILL be “the guy we were looking for”.Could be a good hire. I see he was a quarterback at Furman. He did great work with Louisiana and Levi Lewis. Hope he can do the same for AR. I hope he can recruit Florida.
Well, gotta note that far as I can tell, he HASN’T been recruiting OR coaching with any real advantage of “reputation”, historical OR financial far as I can tell at any of those PREVIOUS spots.Here is my summary of the Billy Napier hire:
Overall: A-. Napier has a good coaching pedigree, and he has taken the steps to humble himself and learn from the best in the game. He certainly focuses on offense, but he has been running his program more like a CEO and less like an OC-turned-HC. He has a vision, and he has patience. There are some doubts because he is coming from the Sun Belt, but he did graduate from Nick Saban's school of coaching. He took a losing team and has them in position for another Sun Belt championship. His team record: #20 11-1 (8-0) in 2021 (conference championship this weekend), #16 10-1 (7-1, Sun Belt co-champion, First Responder Bowl champion) in 2020, 11-3 (7-1, Lending Tree bowl champion) in 2019, 7-7 (5-3) in 2018. Other than his transition year he took his team to 10 wins and a conference championship game each year. His predecessor, Mark Hudspeth, averaged 9 wins 2011-2014 (before vacating 22 of those wins) and 5 wins from 2015-2017.
Offense: A-. Napier is an offense-minded coach who has been an OC at Clemson, a WRC/analyst at Alabama, and a college QB at Furman. He currently has a bunch of 3-star athletes in the Sun Belt as the #63 offense in the nation (12 spots ahead of FSU) and he appears to be averaging around #63 over the past three years. Against his peers in the G5 he has the #20 offense, or #2 in the conference.
Defense: A-. Napier somehow manages to build a top-50 defense full of 3-star athletes year-over-year, which is currently at #41, six spots above Florida. Against his peers in the G5 he has the #11 defense behind San Diego State, Liberty, App State, Coastal Carolina, Western Michigan, Troy, UTEP, Fresno State, Tolendo, UTSA, or #2 in the conference.
Recruiting: A-. Napier's recruiting classes rank around #60 in the nation, or #4-#6 among G5 teams.helpful in and the yûyyy guy uhû
That’s an impressive selection to rely on, among it DEFINITELY a foundation upon which to build his and OUR future here.Here is some speculation on Napier's staff, assuming he can negotiate these coaches out of their current contracts. Note that NCAA teams are allowed to have one head coach and ten assistants with two graduate assistants in terms of on-field coaches.
Offensive Coordinator - Tom Herman (Chicago Bears, offensive analyst; Texas head coach 2017-2020; Houston head coach 2015-2016; offensive coordinator at Ohio State 2012-2014, Iowa State 2009-2011, Rice 2007-2008, Texas State 2005-2006; WR coach at Sam Houston State 2001-2004; grad assistant at Texas 1999-2000). Broyles Award 2014 at Ohio State under Urban Meyer.
Offensive Line Coach - Brent Key (Georgia Tech). Worked with Napier at Alabama.
Offensive Line Coach - Rob Sale (New York Giants). Worked with Napier at Louisiana.
Wide Receivers Coach - Tim Leger (Louisiana). Works at Louisiana with Napier as co-OC and WR coach.
Wide Receivers Coach - Justin Stepp (South Carolina). Worked with Napier at Clemson.
Quarterbacks Coach - Willy Korn (Coastal Carolina OC/ QB Coach). Worked with Napier at Clemson.
Running Backs Coach - Marquel Blackwell (Houston RB Coach).
Running Backs Coach - Desmond Kitchings (Atlanta Falcons RB Coach; South Carolina RB Coach 2020; NC State Co-OC/ RB Coach 2012-2018; multiple positions dating to 2004-20007 at Furman).
Tight Ends Coach - Tim Brewster (Florida TE Coach).
Tight Ends Coach - Michael Desormeaux (Louisiana).
Defensive Coordinator - Doug Belk (Houston DC). One of my top two choices to replace Grantham if Mullen had stayed. His defensive havoc rate is second only to Geoff Collins'. His 4-2-5/cover-3 pattern match defense should be a good fit for Florida. At first glance the defense may look similar to Grantham's, so be sure to watch where he launches his blitzes. If the blitzes are launched from the line of scrimmage, that is good. If the blitz or pressure is launched from the secondary, then be worried.
Defensive Coordinator - Kim Knowles (Oklahoma State DC; Duke DC/ LB/S Coach 2010-2017; multiple positions dating back to 1988 at Cornell).
Defensive Line Coach - Tosh Lupoi (Jacksonville Jaguars DL Coach). Friends with Napier from their time at Alabama.
Defensive Line Coach - Charlie Patridge (Pitt Assistant Head Coach/ DL Coach).
Linebackers Coach - Kevin Steele (Interim Tennessee Head Coach 2021; interim Auburn Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator 2020; Auburn DC 2016-2020; LSU DC/ LB Coach 2015; Alabama LB coach 2014; Alabama Director of Personnel 2013; Clemson DC/ LB Coach 2009-2011; multiple jobs dating to 1980).
Outside Linebackers Coach - Chris Rumph (Chicago Bears DL Coach 2021; Houston OLBC 2020; Tennessee Co-DC/ OLBC 2018-2019; Florida Co-DC/ OLBC 2015-2017; multiple positions dating to 1997 at South Carolina).
Defensive Backs - Patrick Toney (Louisiana). Works with Napier currently.
Cornerbacks Coach - Rod Chance (Oregon).
That one jumped out at me as well...Texas kept “jumping the gun” on their hires AND (subsequent) fires, to some extent IMO...But regardless of whether Herman was ready for the jump up from Houston to UT(Austin), the one thing he was strong on before, during and after remains OFFENSE (AND he’s a long time Napier friend, turns out).Herman would be a good OC
Please don’t get me wrong; I was as much a Mullen-supporter as anyone here, and do NOT want to come off now as among his “told-you-so detractors”! I agree about believing in him right up to and INTO the 2021 season, though I voiced my concerns (and the potential DANGERS) with retaining Grantham after last season...It indeed came back to BITE him AND us, “in SPADES” as they say, but I am more “disappointed” with our having to part ways with Coach Mullen than especially angry about it.I know that bashing Mullen is fun, but when he was hired in 2018 among other things were looking for stability. Muschamp and McElwain both had high turnover with coaches that hindered progress. Mullen also had the perspective from his time under Meyer when the team fell apart as players and coaches alike were in-fighting, so he kept coaches he was familiar with. They were all friends who got along until some point. There are reports that Hevesy and Grantham were having marital problems, and those home problems affected their work performance so much that it got them fired—and they both should have been fired a year earlier.
In 2018 I think Mullen fixed all of the problems with the Gator football program except recruiting, but the in-fighting popped up in 2020 for some reason and he never recovered. In 2021 Napier’s job will be easier because of Mullen as long as he fixes recruiting (the one part where Mullen failed) and as long as he does not get worn out by in-fighting like Meyer (in addition to health issues) and Mullen.
Note that there is no guarantee that Napier will hire all of these coaches—this is speculation based on rumor. If most of these guys sign on it will mean the coaching salary pool has increased from about $6M for 10 coaches to something much higher. Some of these potential hires can command $2M to $4M on someone else’s staff of nobodies.