When Kyle Flood handed the reigns of the offense over to Dave Brock after Frank Cignetti took the quarterbacks job with the St. Louis Rams, Flood knew he was getting a coordinator that was going to challenge the offensive players physically and mentally.
“He’s been very aggressive with the installs. Certainly all the offense we have in right now I don’t know if we would carry all of it into a game. I think we’d be a little more game-specific. But I like the way we are challenging the players and what it allows us to do is really see what the players do best.’’ Flood noted.
Brock, who worked with Cignetti at North Carolina, kept most of the verbiage the same in order to simplify the process for the players, and had the coaching staff shoulder much of the new learning.
Sonny Dykes has managed to keep his staff completely intact the past three seasons. In those three seasons they have been able to double their win total (4-8 in 2009, and 8-5 in 2011).
Part of what Sonny Dykes really likes about his coaching staff is the diversity that they bring to the table.
“We have a great mix of young guys and old guys and pessimistic guys and optimistic guys ... of fat guys and skinny guys ... of tall guys and short guys. I like that. I like having a variety of people because we want to get as many different opinions as we can.”
Another one of the areas that staff diversity and continuity has really helped the Bulldogs is in recruiting.
“In the past, we were begging people to come. Now we’re saying, ‘we want you to come, but let’s don’t tell anybody.’ I’m 42 years old and I don’t keep a very good secret. Those guys are 18 and they certainly don’t keep a very good secret. People are wanting to jump on board more than they have in the past.”
In a radio interview on the "Mason and Ireland Show" Larry Scott shared his belief that coaches should not vote in a poll that ultimately helps determine the national champion.
"I think it's an unfair position to put the coaches in, to supposedly vote objectively when they've got a very natural conflict of interest, No. 1, and, No. 2, I think most coaches are focused on their own games -- let alone breaking down tape afterwards and all that. So to expect that coaches could have a good, balanced, well-researched perspective on who the best teams are in any given week is a fallacy."'
When asked if he was surprised that Lane Kiffin had decided to no longer vote in the poll, Scott said that he understood his position, and that's an issue that will only be relevant for another few seasons.
"I'm not surprised Lane didn't want to be part of it anymore, I don't think any coaches should be in that position, and they won't be, starting in 2014."