Chucky Coaching Ohio State Is LaughableMay 30th, 2011
With the Japan-like earthquake that erupted this morning in Columbus with the resignation of Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, there is already talk of former Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Chucky taking his place.
Joe’s hurting and it’s not from the multiple adult beverages he had last night, it’s from laughing so hard.
Joe may have written this before, so let’s be clear: Chucky would be a horrific college football coach.
In college football, the coach has to be half-salesman, half-coach, unless you are JoePa where your name is big enough so you don’t have to recruit and can pull in millions of booster dollars without having to make small talk to a bunch of rubes.
During his time in Tampa Bay, Chucky possessed none of the traits necessary to succeed in college. Chucky despised the pen and mic club — unless they were going to give him a handsome check. Chucky was less than honest virtually all the time. Chucky hardly made himself an ambassador with the general public.
Oh, sure, Chucky could turn on the charm when he wanted to. But after a while, people began to see right through it.
A college coach has to be able to recruit. Given Chucky’s ability to judge talent in the draft, imagine what he’d be like with 18-year old kids?
Also, as he often admitted, Chucky’s not a patient guy. He loathed working with young players as an NFL coach. Just how would anyone expect him to work with players who aren’t even old enough to legally buy a bottle of beer?
Then there is Chucky’s offense, perhaps the most complex in the NFL. It is believed that it often would take a young quarterback four years to fully grasp Chucky’s offense. Bill Callahan tried this at Nebraska. How’d that work out?
Joe just can’t imagine Chucky going from house to house during recruiting season, begging an 18-year old to play for him. Jake Plummer, yeah, but not a high school kid.
No, Chucky would be an unmitigated disaster in Columbus. Joe doesn’t hate Ohio State that badly. (Though Joe would love to see Chucky in Ann Arbor.)