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Pelini trying to help Watson to soft NFL landing

Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:09 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In today's edition of "As the Nebraska Coaching Roster Turns " (or "General Huskpital," if you prefer), we find that the long-rumored alterations to the Husker coaching staff -- the departure of offensive coordinator Shawn Watson foremost among them -- are now all but official, according to this report from the Omaha World-Herald :
Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has completed his revamped coaching staff, according to a source close to the program, though he’s waiting on university protocol to make an announcement ...

Watson and receivers coach Ted Gilmore are believed to be out as NU prepares to unveil two offensive and two defensive additions to Pelini’s nine-man staff.

The defensive additions you know about already ; Corey Raymond will coach the secondary and Ross Els the linebackers. And one element of the offensive reshuffling is all but a done deal, as the World-Herald reports that running backs coach Tim Beck is "the leading candidate" to take over as the Huskers' offensive coordinator and play-caller after Notre Dame assistant Ed Warriner chose to stay in South Bend. The identity of the two new assistants, however, appears to be still up in the air.

But where does that leave Watson? At least Pelini appears to be making an effort to find his soon-to-be-former assistant a soft landing:

Meanwhile, the source said, Pelini is working to help land offensive coordinator Shawn Watson a job in the NFL.

So that's nice. Maybe not as nice as letting Watson keep his job (or telling recruits up front that he was in the process of reshuffling the staff), but it's something.


Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:00 am

Pelini trying to help Watson to soft NFL landing

  he made a great point!  why shouldnt a coach, responsible for so many,  tell a 17-18yr old kid that may not even attend the school private news that affect peoples careers and more importantly family?
  cbs cfb reporting sucks!

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:23 pm

Pelini trying to help Watson to soft NFL landing

Nice post Run, but save your time and energy. This knucklehead can't free his one track mind from a handful of sideline video clips. I guess every coach is supposed to treat a recruiting trip like a confessional or a grand jury and tell each kid his deepest and darkest thoughts and secrets. "Do you Bop Pelini swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God?" Bubba Starling should have had a polygraph set up in his living room and asked him if Watson was definitely coming back. Let's ignore the fact that the kid may never set foot on Memorial Stadium field turf after he's a top 10 pick in the MLB draft. Coaches who don't produce get fired! If Bo doesn't produce, he'll be fired or pushed out! Life of a high level coach. Bo doesn't have to help Watson get a job, but he is doing so anyway. Says a lot about the honor of the man in my opinion.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 1:56 pm

Pelini trying to help Watson to soft NFL landing

Gosh, if you're going to try and "stir the pot" then do a better job than this.  Is there any part of this that you didn't borrow from another source?   Was that supposed to be a brilliant hidden message or barb about telling recruits up front?   Are we supposed to guess that your one (already well-known) example can be generalized to include all signees?   Is NU the only school involved with making coaching changes.  

What a rookie reporter!

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