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How is it that the most successful OL coach in the history of UVa, and the Head Coach with the best bowl record among active college football coaches, will be reporting to Scott Wachenheim (whose experience is OL and OC at Liberty and one year OL coach at UVa), who reports to Bil Lazor (three checkered years as OL coach at UVa)?????
Seriously, I don't think this works - it does not make any sense. I think we see another departure...in fact I hope we do because this set up as currently set up does not seem realistically functional.
I'm not sure how this whole "title" thing works so I may be wrong, but O'Brien is going to be the associate head coach. Wouldn't that put him above Lazor and Wach?
I think you're applying too much a militaristic organizational chart to the coaching staff here.
Based on where he is assigned, I imagine that Tom O'Brien will have a major hand in the OL coaching, along with Wach, and they both will be responsible for implementing the schemes Lazor wants to see. TOB is also the associate head coach, which I bet is so that he can assist London on his gameday management. TOB is a perfect counterpoint to London, as TOB has a reputation for being overly conservative.
I think you may be wrapped a little to tightly around the axle regarding their titular responsibilities. I doubt Obie came here to report to Scot Wachenheim. Perhaps even Bill Lazor, but I don't know about that.
If everyone does their job, it should work just fine. Egos need to be checked at the door for results. I don't see OB having any problems checking his, everyone else should follow his lead as Asst. Head Coach.
Besides, it is now HEAD COACH London's job to make it work or will Oliver have to do that for him too?
I don't Think Obie would have renegotiated his contract buyout with NCSU and taken this job if he was worried about where he fit in the organization. He is a Naval Academy grad and a successful coach. He can assess rightness of fit. In Obie I trust.
Maybe he knows something we don't. That is my guess.
I'm not sure we can assume that Obie reports to Wach and Lazor. Sounds more likely for it to be the other way around.
This news, in addition to the Tyree Foreman interview, smells like the brass is banking on no Lazor in 2013.
I agree that if Lazor and Wach are there reporting to Obie then there are probably too many cooks in the offensive kitchen, but it appears there's more info to be revealed.
Yup, he's a smart guy. I just don't see him walking into a deal like this without a high degree of confidence that it will work. He is too smart, too experienced, and frankly didn't need the job. I'd be shocked if the fit was bad. I m sure there is more going on than we know.
I think it may bruise some feelings in the form of Lazor (and I can live with that) but otherwise Obie is #2 just behind London and when Obie talks, London will listen. That's at least my take on the situation. If Lazor gets a rash, he can leave, Obie can be the OC and UVA will find a DL coach or perhaps a QB coach to support Obie.
If any of the rumors are true that London ordered Lazor to use a specific quarterback, then reporting to TOB is probably an improvement from Lazor's perspective.
We had (and may still have) a real mess on our hands with obvious discord between London-Lazor-Sims. At least one of those parts was not clicking with the others, and having a respected intermediary can only help work it out.
Also -- I don't think London was under any illusion that he could make it out of last year without significant change. I think he can count himself lucky that one of his old mentors is the one there to give him counsel.
Having TOB on the staff eliminates games like Idaho last year and LaTech, and VaTech this year. It's a win win. I don't think Lazor is upset. He will be able to choose who he thinks will be the best man to run his offense. No way we rotate qbs next year.
I am cautiously optimistic. There's absolutely a ton to like about these guys and their experience but there are no promises when it comes to staff cohesion and organization, it still will come down to how well London is able to organize and manage this program. There are a lot of big egos on the team now and the memory of similar excitement over Greg Brandon coming here and solving all our offensive woes has given me tempered expectations.
This post was edited by CAVALCADE 18 months ago
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