Jim Tressel to NFL: Who Could Be on Former Ohio State Coach's Staff?
Indianapolis source IBJ The Score is reporting that at least three NFL teams—Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars—have interest to interview Jim Tressel as their head football coach.
It looks like the Vest will be back.
I earlier wrote on whether or not Jim Tressel can win a Super Bowl, and now it appears he will have his chance. Though his only NFL experience has been with the Indianapolis Colts as their replay consultant, if Tressel indeed is hired, who are some people who could be on his staff?
Defensive Coordinator: Mel Tucker or Steve Spagnuolo
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If Tucker is not the head coach at Jacksonville, then he could join his former boss as a defensive coordinator. Tucker was on the Ohio State staff before leaving OSU to join Romeo Crennel and the Cleveland Browns.
If Tucker says no to the vest, then former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo could be a good choice. He was a defensive guru with the New York Giants, helping to engineer and prevent the New England Patriots from an undefeated season.
If Mel Tucker does not accept or is a head coach, Spagnuolo is available and has shown he can shut down the NFL’s best.
Tight Ends: Jim Bollman
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Before Bolls came to Ohio State as offensive coordinator and line coach, he was with the Chicago Bears as their tight ends coach.
Prior to the Bears, Bollman was tight ends coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Defensive Line: Jim Heacock
Jim Heacock's last game with Ohio State was at the 2012 Gator Bowl.
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He was a top assistant in the past and has coached defense at Ohio State for 16 years. I think he would do well as a defensive line coach at the highest level as he would not have to be a coordinator and could focus strictly on teaching technique.
Heacock has no NFL experience.
Offensive Coordinator: Tim Spencer
Spencer is a former Ohio State standout and current running backs coach for the Chicago Bears. He has seven years of NFL experience and may be enticed to leave Lovie Smith if he can get a promotion to offensive coordinator.