Tag:Denver Broncos
Posted on: December 2, 2010 3:37 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 3:41 pm

Jon Embree? Really?

Colorado AD Mike Bohn seems to have buckled to pressure to hire a former CU player. The Denver Post is reporting that former coach Bill McCartney has said that Redskins tight end coach Jon Embree has been hired to replace Dan Hawkins. However, Bohn said the report is untrue.

There is a large faction of former CU players who supported Embree or former tailback Eric Bieniemy as the new coach. This is a potentially dangerous hire if it has happened. Embree has never been so much as a coordinator. He did spend a total of 10 years in two coaching stints overseeing tight ends at Colorado.

You'd think Bohn would have noticed to the last NFL tight ends coach hired for a BCS conference job. That would be one Tim Brewster who was hired from the nearby Denver Broncos.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 17, 2010 10:58 am
Edited on: October 17, 2010 11:19 am

Brewster out at Minnesota

Tim Brewster's coaching never backed up his mouth. Minnesota's fourth-year coach was fired Sunday seven games into the season.

Neither the firing, nor its timing were surprising. Brewster clearly had worn out his welcome with his personality and losing record (15-30 in 3 1/2 seasons). The last straw was Saturday's 28-17 loss to Purdue.

When Brewster arrived in January 2007, the former Denver Broncos' tight ends coach promised an end to Minnesota's Rose Bowl drought that has reached almost 50 years. He was sensitive to negative stories and sometimes surly with reporters who wrote them. Not a good combination at a place that is used to frustration and in a market that loves its Vikings and Twins. Although he took the Gophers to two Insight Bowls, the team finished above .500 only once under Brewster.

The firing of Glen Mason prior to Brewster's arrival looks almost foolish now. Mason delivered seven bowls in 10 seasons but Minnesota got greedy and thought it could be better. Maybe it can, but the stakes are higher now. Minnesota AD Joel Maturi must hit a home run with his next hire. He must hire an experienced head coach. (Mike Leach is available.) He must make people forget the words he said when Brewster was hired.

"I realize my neck's on the line," Maturi said in 2007. 

Maturi hired a coach who came highly recommended as a recruiter, but had never been a coordinator. It quickly became clear that the job was too big for him. 

His firing opens a coaching-change season that promises to be interesting with questions at Colorado and Georgia, among others.    

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