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Grading Coordinator Hires



This was inspired by something SouthernMan said about McCarthy and the co-DCs being the only bad hires of the "countless coordinator and position coach hires" (probably not an exact quote). I'm not going to get into the position coaches, but I thought it might be interesting to grade the coordinator hires to see how well Miles has actually done.

One note: I'm not counting Jimbo Fisher as a hire because he was retained, but I would give that decision a solid B.

Pellini: This one will probably inspire the most disagreement. I think Pellini is overrated as a DC, and his LSU units can arguably be said to have underachieved. Nevertheless, Pellini fielded some good units and its hard to say this wasn't at least a solid hire. Grade: B

Crowton: We won a title with Crowton at the helm in 2007 with a really good offense. After that it was all down hill and Crowton fielded some of the worst offenses in LSU history. The title keeps him from getting a failing grade. Grade: C-

Co DCs: Horrible idea, even worse on the field. Grade: F

Chavis: This one is easy. In addition to being a fantastic DC, Chavis seems to be a lifer as a coordinator who hopefully will be around for the rest of Miles' tenure. Grade: A+

Kragthorpe: Never coached a game as a coordinator, but seems to have been a positive influence as a QB coach. Can't give this one a grade, but I'm happy he's around. Grade: Incomplete.

Studrawa: Was tempted to give him an A, but that's a little premature before he finishes his first season. The offense has been simple but effective. The playcalling has been solid. It's hard to say how much influence Miles and Krags are having, but Studrawa was still a good hire, even if it was only made under duress. Grade: B+

So...by my count that's one A, 2 Bs, a C and an F. That's a 2.4 GPA. That's solid, but not spectacular. Luckily, the staff we have now is fantastic (at coordinator and position coaches). Hopefully we can lock these guys up and this list won't expand any time soon.

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