Building College Football's Ultimate Dream Staff
There are so many prestigious and great coaches in today’s game, but which would collectively make for a dream team?
There can only be one head coach, but which current head coaches would make great assistants and coordinators?
Instead of choosing your normal coordinators, take a look at your top coaches in the game and give them all of the remaining jobs on a typical coaching staff.
Without further ado, here is the look of your 2012 college football dream team coaching staff.
Head Coach: Nick Saban, Alabama
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Is there a better choice out there right now?
Having won three BCS titles and two with Alabama makes Nick Saban the obvious choice for this dream team staff full of the best coaches in America.
The Crimson Tide ranks as one of the most prestigious teams in the history of the sport and Saban has brought them back to glory—although he believes this program can only get better.
His determination and crazed passion towards winning cannot be matched by any other coach out there, and for that alone, Saban is the top choice.
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
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Having finished in the top three for two consecutive seasons in both scoring and total offense allows Mike Gundy to be my choice for the offensive coordinator of this dream team.
Gundy’s offense has been filled with talented players, but the system he has run in recent memory is remarkable. They have been a machine that show up and light up the scoreboard every single weekend.
The three and four receiver sets is great to watch, but Brandon Weeden made all the important throws. This is a system where it does not mean the world will end without that one star.
Running precise routes is vital, but having everybody in sync together really does go far in college football.
Gundy has hit all the right buttons.
Note: Gundy was the QB (’86-‘89) while Barry Sanders was his RB, and Gundy was also the OC at Oklahoma State from ’01-’04 before taking over in ‘05
Quarterbacks Coach: Chris Petersen, Boise State
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We could have made Chris Petersen the offensive coordinator or receivers coach, but why not allow him to have the duty of developing the quarterbacks?
Turning Kellen Moore into the winningest signal-caller in the history of the FBS (50) is one thing, but Petersen has proven that it really does not matter who his guy is. He won with Jared Zabransky, and he will continue to win with whoever is his guy.
Petersen is a superstar developer, and he has been the most impressive coach to follow outside of your obvious two or three star choices.
Coach “Pete” has led his Broncos to a top-five finish in both total and scoring offense (Is 73-6 considered a good record?).
Plus, despite only playing the elite competition a few times a season, we have seen Boise State put up points, points and some more points in the process. There has not been anybody better in terms of more consistent, productive track records in the passing game.
Note: Petersen was a former QB and WR coach at UC Davis, Pittsburgh and Portland State. Before coming the head coach at Boise State, he was their OC (’01-‘05).
Offensive Line: Les Miles, LSU
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Les Miles and LSU have been able to gash the opposition at the line of scrimmage, but it shows with the way he recruits. Miles lands all of the studs on both sides of the ball and the domination is really taking a toll.
Many Michigan fans wanted Miles before they landed Brady Hoke because he played for the Wolverines—but he also was the offensive line coach for them and Colorado before he was the offensive coordinator and head coach of Oklahoma State.
Miles was a tight end coach at Dallas as well, but his fierce, competitive and physical nature has made his LSU offensive line among the best in the game.
Running Backs Coach: Chip Kelly, Oregon
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The current Oregon Ducks have been flying relentlessly, and it is because of Chip Kelly’s ability to throw as many explosive running backs on the field as possible.
LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas were a ton of fun to watch—and the backfield should be even better than before in 2012.
Remaining a step ahead of the defense, Kelly has been arguably the best offensive mind in college football. However, it has been the running backs in his offensive system that he has developed into true gridiron greats.
Note: Kelly coached the running backs at New Hampshire during two different tenures before he became the offensive line and offensive coordinator coach as well. He then moved on to coach the Ducks offense before ultimately being named the head coach four seasons ago.
Receivers Coach: Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
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Yet another genius that has been able to dial up a ton of touchdowns in his back pocket, Holgorsen has to be on this dream team.
Entering the Big 12 should be intriguing for the Mountaineers, but Holgorsen has been highly productive wherever he has ended up at.
Still fairly young (40), the mad scientist has the capability to become a top-five head coach in the near future thanks to his ability to turn his receivers into All-Americans.
Note: Holgorsen has been a receivers coach with four different schools (Valdosta State, Mississippi College, Wingate and Texas Tech)
Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator: Urban Meyer, Ohio State
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Land more talented recruits than Urban Meyer and you can call yourself a god. Urban Meyer showed off his skills at Florida, where he landed several elite high school stars who he then turned into NFL prospects.
Meyer could arguably be thrown anywhere on this dream team, and he would produce for you. Walking into a kid’s house and selling his team to the entire family is something we have seen him do better than any coach, and the guy is a proven winner.
He implemented the tight end position well at Florida and is looking to do the same thing with Ohio State.
Note: Meyer coached the Buckeyes tight ends and receivers in '86 and '87 before Illinois State gave him a chance. Colorado State was next before Bowling Green and Utah reaped the benefits. We obviously know the great impact he has already had in recruiting.
Special Teams: Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
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“Beamer Ball” is something the Hokies have embraced in Blacksburg. Blocking and bringing back punts (and kicks) are things that turned into the “sexy” thing a long time ago.
It was Beamer that started it all and he really made the third phase of the game vital in college football.
We have seen electric plays on special teams, and it has been Virginia Tech’s squads that have been among the best in the country for over a decade.
Defensive Coordinator: Gary Patterson, TCU
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Many believe Patterson is the best defensive-minded coach in the country, and the stats certainly back that up.
His 2010 squad was the best defense in the nation statistically, and they were able to obliterate every team on the gridiron.
They capped it off with a Rose Bowl victory over the Wisconsin Badgers, but Patterson is looking for even greater things now that his program is in the Big 12.
Patterson runs the 4-2-5 with athletic defensive backs that can fly all over the field, but the linebackers that have been at his disposal (which he has landed) are eye-popping.
The ability to fly to the ball and finish at the point of attack is something Patterson emphasizes a ton, and his hard work and dedication has paid off thus far.
Note: Patterson was the defensive coordinator at TCU before he became the head coach. Six other schools (Tennessee Tech, UC Davis, Cal Lutheran, Pittsburgh State, Sonoma State and New Mexico) have seen Patterson as their coordinator or linebackers coach as well.
Defensive Line Coach: Bret Bielema, Wisconsin
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This big, Iowa Hawkeye tattoo-wearing man may seem intimidating, but he is just like the rest of the elite coaches in college football.
Having gone to two straight Rose Bowls, the Badgers head coach is starting to develop defensive beasts up front.
Everybody always talks about the offensive line, but how about their defense?
Wisconsin would be nowhere without that unknown, mysterious defense, and Bielema deserves a ton of the credit.
Note: Bielema was a former nose guard at Iowa and has coached linebackers at Iowa as well. (DC at Kansas State and Wisconsin before becoming head coach)
Linebacker Coach: Will Muschamp. Florida
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Having been with both Texas and LSU certainly makes Will Muschamp a hot commodity. The Gators could not let him pass by, and he seems to be on the right track to at least make them nationally relevant again.
A fierce competitor that may go Saban-crazy on you, Muschamp is a guy that loves nothing more than winning.
He doesn’t care which player(s) he has to throw into the fire because he has a team-first attitude.
Note: Muschamp was a linebacker coach at LSU ('01-'04) and Texas ('08-'10)
Defensive Back Coach: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
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Having coached defensive backs at Kansas before Michigan State, Mark Dantonio is a rising coach that has now seen success at both Cincinnati and his current Spartans.
Outside of a future BCS run, there has not been much that we have not seen Dantonio achieve. Building defensive linemen is obvious with the talented players that are ending up being drafted into the NFL, but the secondary is really impressive these days.
One of the better motivating coaches in America, Dantonio’s squads have been beginning to really surface into something special.