Thursday, December 20, 2018

KU football OC Chip Lindsey will coach Jayhawks’ QBs, too

FILE — Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham with offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey in the second half of Auburn A-Day NCAA college football game on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)

FILE — Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham with offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey in the second half of Auburn A-Day NCAA college football game on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)


Now that Les Miles knows the identity of all 10 of his on-field assistants for his first season in charge of Kansas football, the program’s new head coach has entrusted a few members of his staff with some additional responsibilities.

When Miles made his first big hire, luring Chip Lindsey away from Auburn and the SEC earlier this month, Lindsey was introduced as KU’s offensive coordinator — and nothing else.

Just as Lindsey’s Twitter bio hinted all along, though, it is now official: He also will coach KU’s quarterbacks.

Likewise, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot’s duties will include overseeing a group of position players, too. While it was anticipated that Eliot would be KU’s linebackers coach, his obligations will actually be even more specific, as the outside linebackers coach.

A longtime linebackers coach at schools such as North Carolina, Georgia, USC and Nebraska, Mike Ekeler will coach KU’s inside linebackers, while also taking on his previously reported duties as the special teams coordinator.

The rest of Miles’ assistants will have one focused assignment in terms of personnel.

2019 KU football coaching staff

Les Miles — head coach

Chip Lindsey — offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Tony Hull — running backs

Emmett Jones — wide receivers

Luke Meadows — offensive line

Jeff Hecklinski — tight ends

D.J. Eliot — defensive coordinator/outside linebackers

Kwahn Drake — defensive line

Chevis Jackson — defensive backs

Clint Bowen — safeties

Mike Ekeler — special teams coordinator/inside linebackers


David Robinett 1 year, 3 months ago

I don’t know crap, but seems like you would want the same coach for both inside and outside linebackers… Don’t I need to coordinate their approach?

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

There have been other times when WR's are split between inside and outside, or DT's from DE's, safeties from CB's and NB's. I'm even recalling interior lineman from OT's and TE's. Schemes seem to have changed a lot in recent years, and OLB's can be very different from ILBs. My guess is there would be overlap in there somehow, especially when both coaches also have other responsibilities. My guess is there's plenty to do regardless of what title and primary responsibilities you're "assigned".

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 3 months ago

What I was thinking when I viewed and thought about your question, was there are 10 assistants and each group has to have some specific time to cut-up video and go through the requirements and basis for each individual.

If I quickly look at 10 you split it in half and place 5 on each side of the ball. Then I would try to slice it into pieces that are manageable and demand the most time.

As someone points out you could have inside/outside receivers as separate and you can have it split. You almost always need one coach just to focus on the QB. So 4 coaches left for 10 positions. If you say RBs, now you have 3 coaches for 9 positions. That's where sometimes TE get lumped in with the line, or sometimes get lumped in with the receivers. In this case they are separate and the line is one unit and the receivers are another.

With defense you still have 5, but one of those coaches usually gets picked off (pun intended) for special teams, so you have 4 coaches. When you go line, DBs, LB, and Safeties you are done; however, Les is a defensive guy and feels that there needs to be a little more attention on the needs of the LBs, so he split the Special Teams duties to aid in some of the LBs duties. I'm guessing that with a pass happy league, those DBs and LBs spend a lot of time focusing on runs and switching to passing defense. With that in mind, the extra coaching and techniques are needed.

I'm guessing because I just don't know what all the coaches do and how they do it (hence the 20 years they build into these roles), the defensive coordinator outlines the plan, and then each position coach helps instruct the details to meet that coordination. With two focused on LBs, I believe that HCLM with the DC is saying we need extra focus on getting those players in the right position with the right instruction else we will get burned all the time.

Again I think it is a great question, I'm not sure I have a good answer, I just rambled with some thoughts and a keyboard.

Either way I'm getting more and more excited for kick-off.

Jim Stauffer 1 year, 3 months ago

But who are the people in the S&C dept? They will be the most important coaches from now until Fall of '19.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

Jeff - I think you hit the nail on the head in your first paragraph; cut up video. This gets at a crucial part of the equation that Long identified recently as being the biggest deficiency in the program. We have significantly fewer staff supporting the named coaches. They're the ones doing so much of the grunt work in other programs that frees up the named coaches to do the more skilled parts of the job.

There was an article a while back about it being the difference that Saban brought with him from the NFL. Others have caught on but this is part of the arms race where KU is still lagging. Unfortunately, probably the only way we find out about it being corrected is if the LJW puts it in an article insinuating that athletic department staff have gotten massive pay raises.

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