Reason 3 – The process of hiring new coaches has stymied with seeking input from new coordinators.
With new offensive and defensive coordinators hired and easing their way into the new roles, there may be genuine interest in soliciting their input for all new coaching hires. Surely new offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell will want some say over who is brought in as his running backs coach, as well as how to develop the role of senior offensive assistant, or even if one is required going forward.
Similarly, the special teams area touches upon both the offense and defense. How will the offense strategize third down and short from the 35 yard line if the offensive coordinator has little confidence in the field goal unit? Or the punting team? How does the defense strategize to set up for punt returns in case there is a fake?
However you see the team dynamics and needs, one thing is clear. Whoever the team brings in to fill open coaching roles, that coach will impact the team’s planning on both offense and defense.
With that much impact, it’s important for the team to allow both Kevin O’Connell and Brandon Staley weigh in on the candidates, and on shaping what the team should look for in filling the roles.