On Loeffler and Bieniemy

Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N

Let's take a closer look at the two coaches mentioned by N in the football roundup for today.  With a little digging, there's plenty of information available, so let's get started with Eric Bieniemy.

The Daily Bruin article by Bryan Chu discussing his departure to the NFL can be found here:

[In 2005], Bieniemy was approached by the University of Texas for its running backs coach position, but he rejected the offer after UCLA increased his salary to $145,000 annually and gave him chief recruiting responsibilities. Bieniemy contemplated the Texas offer primarily because his son has cerebral palsy and the neurology department in Austin, Texas, is world renowned and could have helped the Bieniemy family's treatment of his child. However Bieniemy's decision to take the Vikings's job is considered primarily professional. [Emphasis mine] I think that, offered the right package and opportunity, he could be lured back. But he's currently the RB coach for the Minnesota Vikings, where he's working with super-stud Adrian Peterson. It might be a difficult sell, though I don't feel like he's one to shy away from a challenge, at least given the personality he displayed in his first tenure with the Bruins.

As for Loeffler, the general concensus that I've seen on the Michigan boards/blogs is that he's a very solid recruiter, and a good-but-not-great coach. UM QBs all fit the same kind of mold, which is rather Cory Pausish - good arms, but total statues in the pocket. See Navarre, John and Henne, Chad. Mallett's in the exact same vein.

It really depends on the offense Neuheisel plans to run, because I can't see Loeffler helping to build an offense that involves much QB movement. Given the mobility of both Rashaan and Forcier (4.44 40-time), he might not be the best fit for those players. However, Olson - and potentially Mallett - would work perfectly. Nick Crissman, too, seems to fit more with that pocket passer style.

Before going to UM, Loeffler was the QB coach at Central Michigan for 2000 and 2001. During those two years, the NCAA Passing Efficiency stats for CMU have them at 86th and 94th nationally. What exactly that means, I can't be sure - clearly the offensive coordinator and head coach would have plenty of impact on those numbers, as well as the talent level. But it at least suggests that Loeffler didn't take poor-to-mediocre talent and transform it into superstardom.

However, Loeffler's recruiting record is really quite good. Over the past 3 years, he's been directly responsible for 6 UM commits, at least as far as Rivals indicates (the link is for 2006 only, but there's a menu for '07 and '08 as well). In 2006, Loeffler brought in 4-star RB Carlos Brown, 3-star QB David Cone (who some are tagging as Henne's potential successor depending on the decisions of Mallett and uber-recruit Terrelle Pryor who is considering transferring), and some random kicker. In 2007, he snagged Mallett and 4-star wideout Toney Clemons. And so far in 2008, he's already gotten UM a commit from 4-star LB Christian Wilson.

For comparison, let's take a look at UCLA's current DC and outgoing OC. In the same span of time ('06 to '08), Norvell has brought in three 4-star players for his two schools, despite recruiting from the OC position instead of QB coach. Walker, to give a benchmark for a high-level recruiter from the coordinator position, has brought in 14 players over the last two seasons, including eleven 4-star players (whether or not you think the guy's a good DC, he's an excellent recruiter).

I'd say a hesitant yes on Loeffler, obviously depending on the position (QB coach vs OC) - Neuheisal is reputedly an excellent QB guy himself, so bringing in a solid recruiter there who needs only to complement his skills is probably not a bad idea. I would like somebody with a more established track record for OC, though - it's not exactly HARD to recruit quarterbacks at Michigan, after all. Bieniemy, though, would be a great hire in my opinion. He's a firey guy, also excellent on the 'campaign trail' so to speak, and has a reputation for finding and developing lots of talent. In Dorrell's early era, Bieniemy was probably the one guy for which KD was given the most plaudits for finding. He was another type of guy who was unafraid to go toe-to-toe with the Trojans, which is the kind of atmosphere it appears Neuheisel is concocting. I think he'd fit right in.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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