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Chris Ash Will Be The Next Texas Defensive Coordinator

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Whether Ash has the job alone remains to be seen. Herman is familiar with Ash from their time to together at Ohio State, where Ash was co-DC for their national title run. Ash also had a run as the head coach at Rutgers, where he was 8-32.

Quick thoughts:

  1. Ash is a back to basics DC who favors 4 man fronts and simple looks. He’ll have an adjustment period to Big 12 offenses, but at least he won’t scheme f*** his own defense before the first snap.
  2. Herman has, thus far, demonstrated a very narrow hiring capacity limited to his small circle of coaching associates. That’s already backfired once. He won’t get another chance.
  3. Any sane scheme will do. That’s secondary to what ails Texas on defense. They need teaching and basic positional coaching.
  4. The position hires on defense will be as important as the DC hire. Texas has a massive teaching deficit to tackle in 2020.

I’ll have more thoughts on the Everyone Gets a Trophy podcast next week.