BYU new OC Jeff Grimes run game history.

The wait is over for BYU fans.  Who was going to replace Ty Detmer?   Jeff Grimes is BYU new offensive coordinator, and it has many Cougar fans excited about the future.  Who is Jeff Grimes though?  He helped lead one of the nations top rushing attacks in the country the last few years as LSU Tigers Offensive line coach and Run game coordinator.  Let’s take a deeper look at how he’s done durring his time as a run game coordinator (RGC).

Grimes has been a RGC for 3 different schools over 9 years. 2001-2003 Arizona st Sun devils 2007-2008 Colorado Buffalo’s, and 2014-2017 LSU Tigers.   He’s coached NFL RB’s Leonard Fournette He’s also coached future NFL prospect Derrius Guice.  In his nine seasons as a RGC,  he’s had five seasons where running backs rushed for over 1,000 yards.  Let’s dig a little deeper into the numbers

His first year at ASU 167.1 yards per game. Delvin Flowers ran for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns.  In 2002, the Sun devils had three Runningbacks rush for over 300 yards. Not huge numbers but Grimes offensive line was consistent

His next stop as a RGC was with another P5 program the Colorado Buffalo’s. He was a part of Dan Hawkins staff.  His first year in 2007 The Buffs produced a very solid 1,949 rushing yards with an average of 144.2 yards per game.  They found the endzone 19 times that year on the ground.  Their leading rusher was Hugh Charles who went over a thousand yards with 1,058 yards that season.

The next year in 2008 the Buffs continued their strong run game accumulating 1,525 yards on the ground with an average of 124.5 rushing yards per game. They scored 10 TD. Rodney Stewart led the Buffs with 622 rushing yards that year.

On to LSU where Grimes had his most success as a RGC. His teams simply dominated up front and in the run game.  In 2014 the Tigers Rushed for an astronomical 2,919 yards. 224.5 rushing yards per game, and the Tigers rushed for 25 touchdowns that year. Leonard Fournett led the team in rushing with 1,034 yards

In 2015 the Tigers went over 3,000 yards rushing 3,363 to be exact.  256.8 yards per game, and 36 yes that’s right 36 touchdowns.  Leonard Fournett led the team with 1,953 rushing yards and 6.5 yards per carry.  This is an incredible feat to rush for this many yards in a 13 game season.

2016 the Tigers didn’t slow down.  with 2,796 rushing yards and 233.2 yards per game.  The Tigers had not only had a massive season they had 30 rushing touchdowns.  This team can simply pound it. Derrius Guice led the tigers that season with 1,387 rushing yards.  Oh yeah that guy Leonard Fournett had 847 yards.

Last year in 2017 The Tigers dominated again .  2,529 rushing yards, 210.8 yards per game and 25 touchdowns.  Guice led the team again with 1,153 yards rushing.  They’re good.  BYU fans saw that first hand.

When it’s all said and done,in my opinion, BYU hit a homerun with this hire. It’s not the flashy pick.  BYU won the press conference last hire when they Hired Ty Detmer.  They made the right hire with Jeff Grimes.

Blair Redd

Detmer legendary player, Not a good OC

BYU fired legend Ty Detmer.  Not only is he a legend, but he is THE man.  He’s the schools only Heisman trophy winner,  beat #1 Miami, and held numerous NCAA records.  He played 14 years in the NFL for heavens sake. His accomplishments as a player are out of this world.  Leading to many BYU fans to call him Ty Freaking Detmer.  However, that doesn’t make one a good coach.

If you want to buy into the fact that he was the scapegoat of a bigger problem, fine I’m not here to argue that point.  What I will say is he led one of the most inept offenses in the history of the program. His total offense was 124 out of 130 in the NCAA.  His offense only scored 20 points on a Portland State team.  PSU gave up 43 points per game to FCS opponents.   That’s only one game right.  Working out the first of the year kinks.  Well BYU only scored 10 points against UMass on senior night.  Umass gave up 31.8 points a game this year.  The list goes on and on.  Losing to East Carolina, Utah State.  Not crossing the 50 yard line against LSU.

He never led the offense the way it needed to be led.  The first game against PSU 6 running backs got carries.  Two RB’s is ideal.  Three is the max.  But he let 6 get carries.  IF that was the Running backs coach’s decision, he needed to pull him aside and tell him that is too many.  Squally Canada had a monster game against UNLV, and then only gets 11 touches against UMass.  That’s not a good game plan.

Taysom Hill last year and Tanner Mangum this year looked like completely different quarterbacks under Detmer than they’ve looked their entire careers.  That’s not to say Detmer is the sole reason for that, but he does bare part of the responsibility.   Detmer’s play calling wasn’t the problem.  He’s an X and O’s genius.  Something else along the way hindered him.  I don’t know what it was, but something had to be changed.

Detmer is the GOAT when it comes to QB play at BYU, but being the GOAT doesn’t translate into FBS coaching.  Injury’s hampered him for sure.  He was down to his fourth string QB and 7th string RB the final game of the season.  That’s tough for anyone to overcome.  He was set up to fail from the jump.  He went straight from HS football coaching in Texas to major OC BYU.  No positional coaching experience, no GA experience, No experience at all.  That’s BYU’s fault for giving him too much too soon.  Can Detmer be a great Offensive Coordinator? Yes he can.  But he’ll have to go the route former University of Utah star Brian Johnson has gone.  Take a QB coaching job, and earn his way up.  But if he doesn’t want to he doesn’t have to.  He can always coach HS football in Texas and guide hunts on his ranch.  That sounds like a way better life, than coaching football anyways.

If you want to defend Detmer because he’s a legend, that’s fine.  But really ask yourself if he was the right man for the job.

 

Living Life

I’ve legit had some fantastic days outside of the big events obviously.  My wedding, my children being born, etc…  I’ve been excited to be an author of two books.  I’m hoping eventually that will lead to me being a full time author one day.  The marketing aspect of it all is the most difficult. Joe Rogan often speaks about a human not suppose to be locked up all day, and I truly believe that.

That’s one of the main reasons I love to coach High School football.  I get to be outside with some amazing kids, coaches, and friends.  I’m stressed out more, but I’m also happier if that makes sense.  I’m outside living life.  I’ve recently started taking my son duck hunting.  This is an awesome thing to share with my boy.  The younger generation has so many options for entertainment, that it’s nice to get out in the outdoors and show them their’s  other options out there.

As the long cold winter hits, and i’m forced to be inside longer, that’s no excuse not to go out and build a snowman, go tubing, or skiing.  That’s also a reason I’m thinking about getting more involved in some horse ranching. What better way to make a living than Working with horses and writing books?

All in all with all of the technology that is at our fingertips, (many of it fantastic and useful) be sure to live your life.  Go camping, fishing, hunting, play sports.  All of this will make you a more balanced and happier human.

And Remember buy my book. Tortured Blues available on Amazon.