- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Kirk Ferentz took two months to promote a position coach (Phil Parker) to a coordinator job, and he's taking his time filling Iowa's other coordinator vacancy.
"The calendar is important to some degree, but what's more important I think is we get the right people in place for this program," Ferentz said at a Feb. 8 news conference.
Ferentz's deliberate approach to finding Ken O'Keefe's successor at offensive coordinator could be linked to the type of candidate he's considering. Two names that have come up, Greg Davis and Tom Moore, are former offensive coordinators who aren't strongly attached to other teams. There are also some internal candidates who could be promoted, among them wide receivers coach Erik Campbell.
While Ferentz could pluck a coach from another team, it seems unlikely he'll do so. Consequently, he can be measured with the hiring process.
Davis, who served as Texas' offensive coordinator from 1998-2010, resigned under pressure in December 2010 after the Longhorns went 5-7. Moore left the Indianapolis Colts in May after 12 seasons as the team's offensive coordinator. He spent the 2011 season as a consultant with the New York Jets.
Moore and Davis both have decades of experience as offensive coordinators.
Moore played quarterback at Iowa and started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Hawkeyes in 1961. He helped Peyton Manning develop into the NFL's premier quarterback for several years and directed a dynamic Colts offense. The knock on Moore is his age (73). He wouldn't be a long-term solution at Iowa, but he could do the job for a few years until another assistant, like Iowa's new offensive line coach Brian Ferentz, is ready to take charge.
As The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Marc Morehouse writes, "You could see Ferentz’s logic with Moore, a seasoned 'Yoda' type imparting knowledge and wisdom."
Davis is younger (60). He has no ties to Iowa, having spent most of his career in the south and southeast. He had a lot of success running the spread offense with quarterbacks Vince Young and Colt McCoy but switched to a pro-style system in 2010 and received heavy criticism as Texas ranked 88th nationally in scoring (23.8 ppg) and 58th in total offense (382.5 ypg). Davis won the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant, after helping Texas to a national title in 2005.
Iowa has run primarily a pro-style offense during Ferentz's tenure, so it would be interesting to see which direction Davis would go if he's brought in.
Given the criticism Davis received late in his Texas tenure, Iowa fans would have some doubts about him. But he fits the Ferentzian mold as an experienced coach who tends to be conservative with his play calls.
Iowa fans, what say you? Who do you want as the team's next offensive coordinator?