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Bill O'Brien's offensive coordinator is himself

Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:39 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

New Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien is in the process of filling out his coaching staff, and one of the most crucial roles on any staff is that of offensive coordinator. The offensive coordinator typically calls plays, coaches his quarterbacks, and puts to Xs and Os what the head coach's offensive philosophy dictates. Pretty important stuff, all in all.

So it came as no small surprise when the Penn State athletic department announced on Tuesday that the Nittany Lion offensive coordinator would be nobody at all, as O'Brien has decided to take on the play-calling responsibility itself. O'Brien is the current offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, so he's probably got as good an idea as to what the job entails as anybody else, but it's also worth reiterating that O'Brien is the head coach of the entire team -- not just the offense.

Of course, there are dozens of different ways a college coaching staff can be arranged without being derelict in any of its actual duties, so it's not as if the lack of an official offensive coordinator on O'Brien's staff specifically means that any major aspect of the team will be out-and-out neglected in his regime. That notion doesn't come close to passing the smell test.

Still, it's worth noting that this is certainly an unorthodox approach to staff-building, and it'll be interesting to see how O'Brien's delegation of tasks works out. He may be onto something here -- or he may just be on something. Common sense suggests the former. 

For more up-to-the-minute news on the Bill O'Brien era of Nittany Lion football, read the Penn State RapidReports with Jim Rodenbush.

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Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:30 pm

Bill O'Brien's offensive coordinator is himself

I love what BO"B and his staff brings to the table. If he can be the OC of The Patriots then surely he will be better then Hall and Jay Boy! He has done more recruiting in his short time then Joe has done in years. I love Joe but he, Jay Boy, Anderson and Hall sat in Joe's house and played checkers while Tom Bradley, LJ and Vandy were out recruiting! BO"B has my support and he is taking on a lot of issues and I feel Joiner did an outstanding job by picking him!  "WE ARE"   "PENN STATE"

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:27 pm

Bill O'Brien's offensive coordinator is himself

I'm going to venture a guess that the fullback dive will be buried way down on the play call list.  Not likely to be the first play of the game for PSU anymore either.  It'll be interesting to see what he can squeeze out of the quarterback position.  Not sure the talent is there to carry any part of the offense.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:26 pm

Bill O'Brien's offensive coordinator is himself

Welcome to a decade of mediocrity Penn State.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:14 pm

Bill O'Brien's offensive coordinator is himself

Can't be any worse than the play calling over the past few yearts.  That said, he doesn't have Tom Brady under center either ...

Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:33 pm

Bill O'Brien's offensive coordinator is himself

This still has to be an improvement over the situation at Penn State the last few years, with an aging part time head coach and the worst offensive coaching in the major college ranks.  

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