EUGENE-After Andy Avalos left Boise State, Oregon was looking for a third defensive coordinator within four years under the leadership of Mario Cristobal. Seek a fifth defense coordinator in seven years.
Below is an alphabetical summary of 10 potential candidates for the next defense coordinator in Oregon. This is not an exhaustive list, because this position will naturally arouse the interest of coaches of varying degrees.
Keith Heyward, Oregon Security Coach
Among the current defense personnel in Oregon, Hayward is most likely to be regarded as the coordinator.
Hayward was seriously considered for this position two years ago, and Avalos has been working in the press room for the past two seasons.
Oregon State University graduates who have worked in Washington and USC aspire to become a national defense coordinator and are one of the best recruiters in Oregon.
His biggest challenge is that he has never been called a drama.
Advantages: seamless transition, rich experience in Pac-12 | Disadvantages: never called
Oregon defensive line coach Joe Salave’a (Joe Salave’a)
Salave’a is unlikely to be an important consideration for the coordinator position. He has never made a phone call. Oregon’s defensive line has less than a bad season, and considering the team’s guard talent, this is difficult to rationalize.
Advantages: seamless transition | Disadvantages: never called
Oregon State Guard Coach Ken Wilson (Ken Wilson)
Of the three internal candidates, Wilson was the only one who had ever called, and the Nevada defensive coordinator did so, where it took him 23 seasons to go to Washington State.
Pros: used to work at Pac-12 and was a person who made a phone call | Cons: time is far away from the phone
Detroit Lions defense coach Bo Davis
Davis has been negotiating with Texas to join the coaching staff, but the deal has not yet been completed. He has never served as a defensive coordinator before, so if Davis is hired, he is more likely to serve as a coach.
Pros: Well-known recruiters with connections to the South | Cons: Never worked as a phone or coordinator
Wisconsin State Defense Coordinator Jim Leonhard (Jim Leonhard)
Since 2017, Leonhard has presided over Wisconsin’s defensive game, and has been ranked in the top ten on the scoring list almost every year since then, and has shown strength in the game.
The University of Washington is Leonhard’s alma mater, so even if he were to get out of the $1.1 million salary increase, it would be difficult for him to leave. He is also a defensive guard coach, so his addition is likely to lead to further reorganization of Oregon employees.
He had no contact with the West Coast, but Leonhard recruited the West Coast. He is a recognized defensive player, a Broyles Award finalist, and the future head coach.
Pros: Recognized top ten defensive players, talent developers | Cons: Lack of West Coast connections
Former Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele
Steele is one of the most respected, respected and compensated defenders in the game. Unlike two years ago, money is not a consideration for UO, because Auburn will acquire Steele for $5 million. The latter worked with Cristobal, Alabama in 2013-14. They are good friend.
Auburn’s line of defense has undergone a massive reversal by Steele, and his plan is no different from that of Avalos.
Steele has trained a group of NFL players, especially defensive linemen and stormtroopers, where he will inherit Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Pros: Rich experience, tried and tested caller | Cons: Lack of West Coast connectivity
Tosh Lupoi, defensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons
Lupoi served as defensive coordinator in Alabama for a season, but his defensive requirements were short and short, which led him to leave the Browns during the offseason and now leave the Falcons.
He played for Cal, later served as a coach, and was named the competitor of the year in 2010. Lupoi also coached in Washington before going to Alabama.
Pros: Well-known recruiters, in-depth knowledge and contacts on the West Coast | Cons: Problematic ability to call
Chris Rumph, Houston Texans perimeter guard coach
In 2013, Rufu and Cristobal were both in Alabama, after which Rufu went to Texas, Florida, Tennessee and now the NFL.
He is an excellent recruiter and has signed with most players in Georgia, Florida and Texas.
Rumph’s background is primarily a defensive line coach, but has worked with outside guards in Tennessee and Texas. Like Davis, he is likely to be hired as a position coach, while others will serve as coordinators.
Pros: Excellent recruiter in the Southeast | Cons: Lack of experience playing games, no coaching on the West Coast
Lance Thompson, former FAU, South Carolina, Tennessee defensive line coach
Thompson worked with Cristobal in Alabama from 2013-14. He is one of the best recruiters in the United States and signed Julio Jones, AJ McCarron, Mark Barron, DJ Fluker in the Crimson Tide And Trent Richardson.
Thompson coached the South Carolina defensive line, but served as a line guard coach in Alabama. He has also held positions at Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, UCF and FAU.
It is difficult to see him leave the South, but he did not coach last year, so he may be more willing to accept other geographic opportunities.
Pros: Excellent recruiter, award-winning cons: never made a full-time phone call
Todd Orlando, defensive coordinator, University of Southern California
Orlando served at FIU in Cristobal during the 2011-12 season.
He achieved immediate results in Texas, and the decline the Longhorns experienced in 2019 is obviously not all in Orlando.
He has only served at the University of Southern California for a year, and the acquisition may be prohibitive, but it also tempted him to leave for the Trojans.
Pros: Appropriate plan, respected recruiters, impact on USC | Cons: Will be a successful head coach candidate