Ellis Johnson shares his regrets from last season at Southern Miss
- by Doug Samuels 1 year ago
Ellis Johnson walked into an excellent situation at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles were coming off a 12 win season, including a bowl win over Nevada and the excitement in Hattiesburg was at an all time high.
That excitement quickly dwindled as Southern Miss lost all 12 of their games in 2012. As a result, Johnson was let go, but quickly landed on his feet at Auburn as Gus Malzahn's defensive coordinator.
In a piece we came across on AL.com, Johnson looks back on his time at Southern Miss and talks about what he may have done differently if he could go back and change things. One of the things he regrets was stepping away from what got him the head coaching job, which was running the defense.
"I chose not to run the defense or the offense as a head coach. I think when you do that, it takes a little time to adjust. Where do you put all that energy and that time you were using to break down film and call defenses or offenses, etc.?"
"Hindsight, maybe I should have done that. Maybe we would have had a little bit better transition, but I felt like I wanted to be a head coach of everybody and not just one side of the ball."
Johnson, who's coached at powerhouses like Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi State and South Carolina, added that the environment at a non-BCS school was much more different that he originally thought it would be in today's world of college football.
"They probably have more money than they had then, but what's happening in college football today, sadly, is the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The conferences that are not automatic BCS schools, they're just struggling to be competitive, if you will, on a week-in, week-out basis. It was a very, very different environment, obviously. I should have realized, some of it I did realize, but on a grander scale I should have realized how different it was."
According to the article, the environment at Auburn has revitalized Johnson and he's back to doing what he does best, breaking down offensive tendencies and scheming defensively.
Take a look at the full article here.