Thursday, December 2, 2010
Where coordinators spend Sundays
By Paul Kuharsky
CBS RapidReports points out that the Texans’ defense has allowed an average of 281.5 yards per game since defensive coordinator Frank Bush moved from the coaching booth to the sideline two weeks ago.
In nine previous games, the unit allowed an average of 409.7 yards per game, second-most in the league.
All coordinators decide which trade-off to make. Being in the booth offers the best overall view of an opponent and how things are unfolding. But being on the sideline allows face-to-face interaction some feel is invaluable.
That got me thinking that a lot of people would like to see a comparison of which coordinators are in the booth and which are on the field.
So here’s a divisional breakdown:
OC Rick Dennison is in the booth; DC Bush is now on the field.
OC Clyde Christensen in on the field; DC Larry Coyer is in the booth.
OC Dirk Koetter is in the booth; DC Mel Tucker is in the booth.
OC Mike Heimerdinger is on the field*; DC Chuck Cecil is on the field.
*Heimerdinger just began chemotherapy and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains is expected to be the playcaller. It’s unclear where Loggains will be and what influence Heimerdinger’s potential presence in an assistant capacity could have on his locale.