Robert Griffin III became the first Heisman Trophy winner in the history of Baylor football tonight and the first Bears player to finish in above fourth overall. His success on the field was impressive as he completed 267 of 369 passes for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns to only six interceptions.
Griffin III did not reach this level of success on his own. Obviously there were his teammates who worked hard to become the best team they could become.
However, there is another person who you will not hear mentioned much over the next few days and that is co-offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery.
Montgomery shares the offensive coordinator title with Randy Clements. But he is the one who is responsible for the play calling and preparing the quarterbacks.
Griffin III is not the first success story under the tutelage and mentoring of Montgomery. He also coached current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb when he was offensive coordinator at Houston.
How good of a play-caller is Montgomery? The Baylor offense produced six games of more than 600 yards of total offense this season. In the previous 109 seasons they had only done that five times when Montgomery was not calling the plays.
People think of Baylor as being a pass-happy offense, but this Bears offense is one of the most balanced in the nation under Montgomery.
This season the Bears were fifth in passing offense with 356.17 yards per game and 18th nationally in the nation in rushing offense with 215.08 yards per game.
Montgomery’s balanced play calling has led to the opponents defense back peddling the whole game.
This balanced play calling has allowed Griffin III to lead an offense to lead the nation in passing efficiency at 194.05 and second in total offense at 571.25 yards per game.
Griffen III and Art Briles are going to receive a lot of praise in the media over the next several weeks. However, Montgomery was an important part of that success as well.
It will only be a matter of time to someone sees Montgomery’s resume and gives him a shot at a head coaching job. His ability to groom quarterbacks and call plays is going to make him a hot target in the future.
Griffin III made some amazing plays this season, but Montgomery put him in the position to make them.