Sometimes high profile coaches get the reputation of being prima donnas. They become bigger than their programs.
But more often than one would expect, even top coaches admit one thing: It’s all about the talent.
Former national coach of the year Dennis Erickson said as much this week when he was introduced as Utah’s new co-offensive coordinator. He first praised the players on his two national championship teams at Miami. Then he moved on to play calling.
“When you have good players, it’s very easy to call good plays,” he said. “When you have a quarterback that’s hurt all the time? It’s pretty hard to call plays. It’s all relative to calling plays.”
Note to Travis Wilson: DO NOT GET HURT. IT MAKES YOUR COACH LOOK BAD.
Erickson showed his humorous side by saying that as a head coach he “did call all the touchdowns, though; I never made one bad call.”
He went on to say, “I did have a couple of third-and-15s where I was calling for information upstairs (to assistant coaches) and for some reason their radios went out and nobody ever answered me. Give me a call…third-and-20 (static noise). I never heard from them.”
For more on Erickson’s move to Utah go to Deseret News.com.