Few worries about co-coordinatorsby Brad Allis on Sep. 01, 2010, under Arizona Wildcats Football, Sports
There are not a ton of questions surrounding the Arizona offense heading into the season. The unit was good last year and seems poised to be even better this season. The Cats return the bulk of the unit that averaged 27.4 points a year ago and have replaced most of the loses.
Many felt the biggest loss would be offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes. Dykes is now the head coach at Louisiana Tech but he leaves two of his disciples, who are also disciples for former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, to man the Arizona offense.
While Co-coordinators is not the norm, both Bill Bedenbaugh and Seth Littrell have spent the bulk of their coaching careers in this offense and have worked together for most of that time. Littrell will do the actual play calling, but he and Bedenbaugh will work with the rest of the offensive staff to put the gameplans together.
It may be unconventional, but so far the move has generated positive reviews and no one seems to be concerned about the two sharing the role.
“A lot of people put too much into that,” said Littrell. “We have the same philosophies as an offense and we work well together as a staff. We’ll tinker with some things here and there and play to our personnel.” Littrell.
Fans seem worried about how the coaches will function, but they seem to be the only ones. Mikes Stoops called it a non-issue and the players have adjusted to the transition, with a few actually saying they prefer the new set-up.
So how will it work? Littrell will be up in the booth, calling the plays, while Bedenbaugh will remain on the field to work with the offensive line. Between series they will go over the gameplan that they developed at the start of the week.
Will it look any different? It might. Offensive lineman Adam Grant told the media that he thinks the offense will be a little more smash mouth in the redzone, while they showed some new formations and plays in fall camp that were hardly conducive to “three yards and a cloud of dust” football.
Dykes’ departure also opened up a spot on the staff for a quarterback’s coach. Mike Stoops went out and tabbed Frank Scelfo to work with the signal callers, the first quarterback’s only coach in the last decade. So far the players are reacting positively to Scelfo’s teaching
“He knows so much,” said Foles. “He knows so much about the fundamentals of quarterback. I am just very lucky to be working with him, I am so excited.”