David Teel: Scot Loeffler is in the mix

It's not clear if the position is for offensive coordinator, or another spot.

Full story: http://www.dailypress.com/sports/teel-blog/dp-teel-time-scot-loeffler-vt...

Scot Loeffler, a former offensive coordinator at Auburn and Temple, and quarterbacks coach at Florida, Michigan and with the Detroit Lions, is the latest candidate to surface for presumed vacancies on Frank Beamer's Virginia Tech staff.

Here's his complete bio from Auburn's athletic site.

Scot Loeffler brings 14 years of coaching experience on the collegiate and NFL levels to his first year as offensive coordinator at Auburn. Loeffler, who served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Temple in 2011, has tutored six college quarterbacks who went on to play in the NFL: Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, Brian Griese, Chad Henne, Drew Henson and John Navarre.

At Temple, Loeffler guided the 9-4 Owls' offense that was seventh nationally in rushing averaging 256.5 yards per game and 39th nationally in scoring (30.6 ppg). Running back Bernard Pierce was sixth nationally in rushing, averaging 123.4 yards a game.

Loeffler spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Florida as the quarterbacks coach. He led a Florida quarterback unit that led the nation in pass efficiency (167.3) in 2009, after they passed for 3,305 yards for 28 touchdowns with just five interceptions. In his first season at Florida, the Gators ranked second in the SEC in passing offense with an average of 236.1 yards per game. Loeffler guided Tim Tebow in his final season at Florida, during which he passed for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns, finishing his senior year with a passing efficiency of 164.17. Tebow left Florida with five NCAA, 14 SEC and 28 UF records.

Loeffler spent the 2008 season with the NFL's Detroit Lions, where he guided a quarterback unit that threw for 2,960 yards.

For six seasons (2002-07), Loeffler coached the quarterbacks at Michigan, his alma mater, including second-round NFL draft pick Chad Henne, who became the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a Big Ten title and start in a BCS bowl game. Henne set school marks in career passing yards (9,715), touchdowns (87), completions (828) and attempts (1,387). Loeffler also helped develop John Navarre into Michigan's first All-Big Ten first-team quarterback since 1997. The quarterbacks he coached at Michigan have gone on to play in 302 regular-season NFL games, including 275 starts and four Super Bowl rings as pros.

Loeffler served as Central Michigan's quarterback coach for two seasons in 2000-01.

A quarterback for the Wolverines from 1993-96, Loeffler received his bachelor's degree in 1996. As a student and graduate assistant coach at Michigan, he worked with two future NFL quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Brian Griese and was part of the Wolverines' 1997 undefeated national championship season.

Suddenly, that flight tracked down to Auburn makes more sense. Better or worse than Long, what do you think?

Comments

I'm going to get excited about someone who was on staff with the Lions when they went 0-16...

/sarcasm

I don't think coaching Tom Brady in 1996 is the same as coaching Tom Brady today

agreed

Every time the Pats play they always talk about what a steal Brady was since he was drafted so late...

Would be different if Brady were coached up and went in the first round

Brady then

Brady came from behind to beat bama in the bowl game... That's something w haven't done in the modern era....

There are wolves and there are sheep, I am the sheep dog

I thought Brady was an excellent college QB. I never understood the switcheroo with Henson. Brady was consistantly more effective. He wasn't a hot NFL prospect because of the QB switcheroo and because there were questions about his arm strength. Scouts knew he was a heady guy who got the ball out quickly and was confident. Both he and Brees had very similar profiles coming out (although it took longer for Brees to get established.)

Viva El Guapo

That was one of my first thoughts.

He was completely unheralded out of college, and was still a nobody when he took over for an injured Bledsoe.

And Chad Henne, well, he's Chad Henne.

And being on the coaching staff of the 0-16 Lions isn't too encouraging either, same with being the OC of the 3-9 Auburn Tigers....

There are a lot of things I don't like about this guy at first glance, but maybe there's something there. I don't know.

Edit:
Just reread it, says he was a GA that "worked with" Brady, he wasn't the QB coach or anything, so he wasn't directly responsible for Brady's under-the-radar status, but my opinion still stands based on his other history.

The worst news is usually released on Fridays.

The U invented Swag, but UVA invented Smug.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

Its better than Long. Tebow played (better yes but...) in a similar style to what we wanted to do with Logan this year so that might be promising, so we know he can work with an inaccurate passer. Yea he crashed and burned in the nfl, but I don't think saban blew anyone away during his time in the nfl either. College and the nfl game are different. Yes he wouldn't be my first (or second) choice, but I think he'd be an upgrade over both Long and stinespring

What about his time at Auburn? Seems he just go fired from that job too.

Correy

Problem...

The problem was Auburn ran a spread offense with Malzhan, and when he left to take the job at Arkansas State as HC, Scott came in, and tried to install a pro-style scheme which was the wrong decision made by Gene Chizik, and Chizik paid a heavy price for it.

If GC had stuck with a coordinator who can run a similar spread, I think Auburn wouldn't have been a dumpster fire.

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.

Auburn last year was a disaster

I am sure some of that falls on the OC, but the entire team was hot garbage and I'm not sure what could have been done to change that.

The more I think about it, the more I don't dislike Loeffler as a candidate. The Brady connection is gold to recruits, and potentially so is the Tebow one (like it or not, but the guy is in the NFL and is on ESPN 24/7). The fact that he's worked with a number of NFL QB's could help to push Logan back to Blacksburg next year. He's still young (only 38...not a huge deal but he's still got time to learn and grow) and had a very good year at Temple in 2011. While his offense sucked at Auburn in 2012, he was coaching guys that were recruited to play a completely different type of system.

He's certainly not perfect, but there is no perfect candidate out there, either.

@seanhoganvt

Looking on the brightside....

I can't help but think maybe Long as a QB coach and Loeffler as an OC. I could think of one worse combination pretty easily. He did run an offense that rushed for 230+ yards a game at Temple of all places. His type of offense fits the programs mentality, I can't get too excited but I still trust that Frank isn't an idiot and knows what is best, and no matter if we believe it or not he's a fierce competitor and losing is not something he likes. Also Urban Meyer is a big fan of Frank and probably someone Frank trusts as well so if he has said good things Frank probably considers that good info. Maybe I am wrong but I keep trying to be positive.

Bud Foster is made of hokie stone!

What do you expect to find? Someone with a 198-3 record, young and up-and-coming, but loyal and stable.....oh and he needs to be from Virginia or at least vacationed there as a child?

There are a lot of reasons why teams have bad seasons, not just the OC.

Everyone was enamored with Pep, but he had his bad seasons too. Between 2003 & 2005 while with the Jets, they went 6-10, 10-6 and THEN 4-12!! The next year with the 49ers, he was 7-9. The bears went 7-9, 9-7 & 7-9 with him. So really the only time he has really had a winning record was with Stanford unless you want to go back to his Howard days.

Scot Loeffler seems to be well respected by QBs and has some great connections. He was on staff for the Wolverines undefeated 1997 National Championship team. During 2002-2007 Michigan went 10-3, 10-3, 10-3, 7-5, 11-2, & 9-4 (pretty darn good). AT FLorida he went 13-1 & 8-5. Temple went 9-4.

Anybody have a clue if Loeffler can recruit?

Has he recruited any big names?

As an opening pitch, "I'm friends with and coached Tom Brady" is a pretty damn good one.

Some more info

If he is in fact a candidate for offensive coordinator, then I actually like his upside. The reason why I was so enamored by Pep is because he wanted to play smash-mouth football, Loeffler does too. Listen to this.

Here's an excerpt from a good interview where he discusses his offensive philosophy.

JAE: What are your offense's core philosophies?

Loeffler: "Protect the ball and run it. The foundations and the core values of football have not changed. Some plays are exciting and all that, but at the end of the day, it's protecting the football, running the football and staying on schedule. To stay on schedule, you've got to throw the ball."

http://www.wareagleextra.com/2012/04/25/q-a-with-scot-loeffler-discussin...

Pound the rock, beat Alabama.

I really hope to net is a lot

I really hope the net is a lot wider than these names we keep hearing.

The U invented Swag, but UVA invented Smug.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

Its odd

To me that not one beat writer mentioned anything about pep hamilton being interviewed until Teel mentioned him being interviewed twice earlier in the week. All the speculation was internet and twitter driven about Pep. Now all of a sudden we get back to back leaks from the beat writers for Chuck Long and Loeffler?

UVA: Jefferson's biggest mistake

@pbowman6

Interesting Subject

I actually think, with his youth and energy, he could give the stagnant offense a much needed jolt, and get the fanbase behind the offense instead of yelling, "You suck!" on every 4th down. I exaggerate, surely, but...

What I think Beamer is looking for is somebody to continue to build up the program when he steps down. Bud is getting old, Wiles isn't going to be around forever, and I think there are pieces of the staff to basically hand over when Beamer decides to step down.

Scott may also help make Logan's stock go up if he can restore Logan's confidence in himself and call terrific game. I think this might be the one.

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.

Another name too...

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.

Perhaps this is why Stiney and Shane were at the skins game two weeks ago.

Kendall Fuller - future Thorpe winner

What, just because RG3 fell into his lap makes him a great QB coach?

/sarcasm

More names are not necessarily bad, worth giving him an interview

I'm not holding my breath.

He has a nice resume for an NFL up-and-comer, but his lack of college experience makes me think twice.

Prior to joining the Texans, LaFleur worked at Ashland University as the offensive coordinator, coaching the quarterbacks and wide receivers. LaFleur began his coaching career at Saginaw Valley State as an offensive assistant in 2003 before taking the same position at Central Michigan from 2004-05. He coached the quarterbacks and wide receivers at Northern Michigan in 2006.

That's it. I have a hard time believing Beamer would turn the keys over to someone that inexperienced too.

Just...

passing words, joe, but I think you are right.

If LaFleur was interested in the QB coaching job, I would be over the moon, but I can see what you are saying.

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.

Ralph Friedgen. I'm not going to let this one go.

Rip his freaking head off!

Hokies Journal writer of Washington Post

did a recent interview with the Fridge- he said he has spoken to Beamer recently but it was not about taking over the offensive coordinator position.

Here is the link to HJ WaPo Twitter page:
https://twitter.com/HokiesJournal/status/289772220241289216

Virginia Tech '08
Fordham University (NY) '11, '12

Twitter: @duffmanhokie
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Hokies, NY Rangers, NY Jets, NY Mets (sigh), USA Hockey, Richmond Renegades (R.I.P)

I'm actually liking Scot the more research I do. Appears he was on the short list for Saban at one point.

Pass offense Numbers

2011 temple pass offense ranked 116th in FBS and averaged just under 9 completions per game
2012 auburn pass offense ranked 112tn in FBS and averaged just over 12 completions per game
You would think a QB guru's teams would have more success throwing the football...Hard to be successful if your offense is one dimensional, no matter the style.

Well Temple and Auburn have terrible Qb's...so I can understand why they suck in pass offense! Logan can at least chuck it around, give him protection and a running and he's as good as any!

He does. I believe he broke the new that Seth was being fired.

Teel's been a reporter since the dawn of time

He knows people.

He got the job according to TSL pay side

A buddy of mine on the pay side says it is official, anyone else heard anything?

Damn the Man! Save the Empire!

'01, Bravo Company, Hokies, Midshipmen, Lakers, Dodgers, Nationals, da Raiders.

I'm hearing the exact same thing. Looking for confirmation!

Rumor has it

Loeffler had recommendations from Urban Myer and Steve Spurrier, both pretty good coaches to have...

Logan 3:16

Hopefully someone that will kick their asses this spring and fall. If the coaches don't, Bama sure will.

Correy

Adkins is going to the Bills

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Smae thing as Pep

Can't blame him for being lured by NFL jobs, even the Bills.

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Here's my bit of non-news...

Out of pure coincidence, I ran into a guy who I don't frequently talk to but trust fully. All he would/could say is that change is definitely happening and will be announced by mid-week. He alluded to some offers being out now, and said he was pretty certain we'll have better play calling and line play next year.

All this does for me personally is to put the notion of "no change" to bed 100% (instead of 95%), so I guess it won't do much at all for anyone else.

And so concludes my first and last "source" post.

Virginia Tech 42, #11 Miami 24 - Da U, still not back

While we're throwing out names

Has any conversation happened with Bruce Arians? I know its the longest of long shots, but the guy is a Hokie (though he didn't play for Beamer), I would think we should at least reach out to him. Who knows, maybe the chance to help his alma mater would be more important to him than the NFL.

twitter.com/weavez22

I'm sure we've sent out 'feelers'

and I'm sure those 'feelers' came back negative. Arians will probably be an NFL HC in the next two years. Watching him and his team rally as his Chuck Pagano fought cancer was really impressive. This guy has head coach written all over him. I think he'd be a (more) realistic candidate for Beamer's position.

Twitter me

I would have gone after Russ Grimm

He was notoriously passed over in Pittsburgh, another set of NFL hires look like they will pass him over again.

I would offer him the OL/OC job with an understanding, that at age 53, he's got a great shot at being HC at VT for nearly a decade after Beamer retires. Could be a nice bridge between Frank and Shane.

Arians was a terrible OC in Pittsburgh. Never liked running the ball and threw way too many screen passes. It seemed like he and Stinespring would have gotten along very well.

Rip his freaking head off!

VT hires SEC OC?

Someone with SEC cred is good for VT. Make inroads to better OL?

Wouldn't trust that dude, he's got 44 followers on twitter.

Not the mark of a reputable source. Not that people with 10k followers always tell the truth, but guys with 44 followers are just after clicks and follows. Plus, he's not saying anything that the entire media hasn't been saying except for the actually 'hired' part which he's speculating to try and demonstrate he's got inside knowledge. From Texas. Doubtful.

how would a guy from ....

...texas know anything? (I mean that specifically in this situation....and fundamentally as well....)

is it possible

This guy has heard something? Was he was tracking flights in/out of blacksburg?

There was a charter flight last week (Thurs) from Denton TX to Montgomery Muni airport.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N404CM/history/20130110/1600Z/KDTO/KBCB

(been monitoring flights myself, so I knew about this).

The closest university to Denton is North Texas, and I doubt we're looking there, but I found it interesting.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Phillip Montgomery, Baylor OC

Baylor is less than 2 hours from Denton, south of Dallas (whereas Denton is north of Dallas).

But, of note, Montgomery was a HS coach in TX before joining Baylor. In particular, this possible coincidence:

"Prior to joining the (Houston) Cougars' coaching staff, Montgomery served one year as the offensive coordinator at Denton (Texas) High School and helped the team to a 10-2 record and the 2002 bi-district crown."

He also coached at Stephensville HS (with Baylor HC Art Briles) which isn't far away from Denton or Waco.

Montgomery was rumored as an OC for VT in December.

well

isn't that interesting? Glad somebody has a better handle on northern texas geography than I do.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

I just have this feeling....

that sometime this week, they will announce all the changes at once, and that they will be names that either haven't been discussed at all or only briefly.

Montgomery could be joined by Randy Clement, Baylor's OL coach. They coached together at Stephenson HS. Another interesting note about Baylors coaching staff, HC Art Briles son, Kendal, is the WR coach and Passing Game coordinator. The RB coach, Jeff Lebby, married Kendal's sister, Art's daughter.

Theory: Montgomery and Clement are tired of working for the family business if they aren't in the family?

(But, probably not. Clement and Montgomery both coached under Briles @ Stephenson HS in the early 90's, they owe everything to him. This is probably just the normal "flight directory" ridiculousness)

Did you see the one flight from (I think it was from) Ohio University? That one was interesting. There's also an arrival from Clemson haha.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

@VT_Warthog

Yeah, saw those too

but you have to look at the plane, and ownership as well. The flight from Clemson was a single engine cessna, which doesn't impress me as the kind of plane a prospective offensive coordinator would fly to an interview. Ditto on the one from Ohio U.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

I don't know much about planes, and these flights aren't always football/sports related as well.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

@VT_Warthog

The one that caught my eye

was the flight from Auburn. The plane went from Blacksburg to Auburn to Spartanburg SC to Auburn back to Spartanburg and then back to Blacksburg. All of this occurred on Jan 8.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

And now there's this from Bitter

Jeff Grimes of Auburn in the mix.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Wonder if that plane carried a current member of the VT coaching staff to Wofford here in Spartamburg SC for one of their vacancies?

VTMidge-Andrew Shields

Why bother landing? Just open the rear door and give a little nudge...

Juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust kidding...

@PhillyHokie007

LOL

Slow down to 150 knots...HA!

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Heard this before....

Heard speculation of one being hired already. Won't believe it until CFB announces it at a PC, and even then, the way this offseason has been so far, he'll probably neither confirm nor deny the rumor that the new staff person standing beside him at the PC is actually VT's new OC.

"I am pleased to announce that (insert name here) from (insert college town here) is making Blacksburg his new home."

[Walks off stage]

ugh

Now my hopes were crushed because hoping for someome from Baylor...

"Tyrod, looking desperately, now throws it deep, has a man open, CAUUUGHT! Danny Coale, all the way!"

I have 3 favorite teams. VT, Kentucky, and whoever the hell is playing Tennessee.

Living on the TN/VA state line and am way too excited for 2016.

More hurry up and wait but....

an agreement may be in the making:

"Greg Roberts(formerly Rke NBC affiliate/sports anchor) now Rke radio afternoon sports talk show host) & close friend/golfing buddy of Beamer reports VT wrapping up three coaching position changes within next day or so.....
A new Off Coordinator, OLine coach, & new receivers coach will be announced later this week or early next.

Says Beamer in process in final stages.....inferred decisions made & finalizing process should be complete late this week-early next.
Newsome returning to JMU, OCain departing, as well as Kevin Sherman (now at Purdue)
Agreement in principle for OC will be done/signed by tonight--- Auburn Assts Scott Lefler OC & Jeff Grimes OLine BBurg today.

GR says he expects Logan Thomas to return and that "LT's game" was kept in mind as a factor in the interviews & decisions

Once again , official university announcements will be made upon completion of contracts -late this week /early next."

http://www.techsideline.com/forums/showthread.php?106574-Per-Rke-Sports-...(close-CFB-friend)-coaching-changes-to-be&p=646607#post646607

priestofstinespringshima

Says nothing about QB coach...

Does that mean that Stiney will be filling that spot?

The anticipation is killing me...

I assumed Loeffler would be OC/QB Coach.

What we are missing is a Receivers Coach.

Grimes~

Grimes is an excellent OL recruiter and turned down a big offer a couple of years ago to go to Texas. Loeffler will be a good OC and is a very good recruiter of QBs. Keep an eye out for a 2014 4* QB from SC who Loeffler recruited.

priestofstinespringshima

Scott Loeffler's prior salary~

Auburn owes Loeffer his salary of $500,000 through 2014, though any salary he earns through the end of his contract will offset. I will be surprised if we would be willing to pay him that much. I personally don't think he is worth it.

priestofstinespringshima

Ring holder...

Should Grimes come on campus, he comes with a title ring from Auburn. When is the last time someone, anyone, coached in Blacksburg with a national title ring?

Probably a tough research assignment, but food for thought.

Row Z forever.
@AdamAbramson

No FCS rings...

Newsome has one of those. Talking about FBS/D1A

Row Z forever.
@AdamAbramson

Danny Pearman Bama '92

Hell of a trivia question. Took me forever.

Cornell Brown

Does a superbowl ring count?

It was a catch

Va. Tech has hired former

Aaron Moorehead

Someone tweeted that Morehead was in Blacksburg last night. Was that ever confirmed?(Receivers)

priestofstinespringshima