Whoever Wherever Kragthorpe?

By Tom Stosberg

One of the most important tasks for a head football coach is hiring good assistant coaches.

Steve Kragthorpe
Steve Kragthorpe

Some head coaches only want assistant coaches who are yes men. The kind who won’t tell you when you have your head up your …  uh, you’re wrong. They either hire guys who are just happy to have a job anywhere or they find guys who need place to stay until the job they really want opens up.

Have I mentioned Louisville’s head football coach yet? Think I have.

So, what’s the deal with three Defensive Coordinators in three years? And who is actually making the decisions on what style of defense Louisville plays and which  defensive schemes we’ll use against certain offensive sets?  Easy answer.

Does it look to you like we’re in the wrong coverages a lot?  And does it look to you like the defensive backfield is out of position at least 40% of the time?

Truly strong defensive coaches aren’t going to put up with too much meddling. They’re likely to take a job locally and wait for the head coach to be replaced so they can possibly come back or accept a head coaching job at Eastern Michigan.

Smart head coaches aren’t afraid to hire assistants who may be smarter than they are and then let them do their jobs.

Perhaps our coach, in an effort to prove what a total football genius he is, has simply outsmarted himself.

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Tom Stosberg

Tom Stosberg and his wife, Linda, also an active participant on this site, have been U of L fans for nearly 40 years. Tom is self-employed by MarketFit, Inc., an outsource marketing advisory. Tom worked in radio, television and advertising for 35+ years. His web site is located at http://marketfitinc.net.

5 thoughts on “Whoever Wherever Kragthorpe?

  • October 3, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Wow. I have a long list of areas in which I think SK has failed but I never quite came up with this. Very well reasoned and quite telling.

  • October 4, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Let’s be honest, the only good thing this guy has done since he got here is shave off that silly facial hair.

  • October 4, 2009 at 8:40 am

    For three years, defensive secondary coverage has been a thorn in this team’s side. Kragthorpe’s first game against UK, we’re beat by the bomb. Pitt and Rutgers last year, a passing frenzy that sinks us. And just how many cornerback and safties coaches have we had in that period of time?

    The days of William Gay and Kerry Rhodes seem very far away.

    Watching Arkansas roll past Texas Tech yesterday brought back some pretty good memories. Offensive sets that produced large gains and points. A team that wasn’t fazed by an early deficit and a defense that hit somebody. John L. Smith fired up and congratulating players on the sidelines. Petrino, intense and demanding on the sidelines.

    Good days.

  • October 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I like this group of assistants. Antonio Goss has NFL experience. The defensive safeties will learn. Delgado is a committed d-line guy that is making the most of what he has to work with. Our tight ends are fine with Jay Johnson. Jeff Lewis has a ton of excellent wideouts and they’re making catches. Brent Myers maybe a bit slow geting the o-line to catrch on but he’ll get them there. Slade has the cornerbacks at least on the line on coverage. Matt Wells has misfortune of having the QB’s dinged up right now. Greg Nord is “Mr. Louisville” and the running backs have been solid this year.

    Our problem is with our offensive coordinator and I’m beginning to believe Brent Guy may be in over his head trying to mold the defense into his way of thinking.

  • October 4, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Ron English was Jurich’s hire. He was in for Derby the year before he started as DC. When introduced to anyone he would tell them that he was a guest of the Louisville AD.
    He left after one year. Did Kragthorpe feel he needed another coaching change? Seems like when we get good assistans, Kragthorpe lets them go. Hummmm……

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