Texas coach Tom Herman made some interesting comments about the Longhorns last season during an interview with Orangebloods.com.
“I wasn’t being the best head coach that I could be. I had not done a great job overseeing the defense,” Herman said. “And then at the same time, because there are some things that are non-negotiable that I have to do, I wasn’t being the best offensive coordinator that I could be.”
Herman blamed himself but also made it clear he didn’t think former defensive coordinator Todd Orlando did a great job either.
“On defense, the buck stops here. 7-5 in the regular season is not good enough at Texas. I felt like we didn’t do a great job playing to our strengths and developing some of the really young talent that we had,” Herman said.
“As the leader of the organization, it’s my job to assess every aspect, from the janitorial staff to the offensive and defensive coordinator. When I feel like we’re not up to the standard that Texas has, then it’s either my job to educate the current people that are there and give them the tools necessary to do a better job or to make a change. We felt like this was in the best interest of Texas and have never looked back.”
It definitely sounds like Herman thought he had gone as far as he could with Orlando and offensive coordinator Tim Beck. Both were fired after the season.
Time will tell if he was right. But as I’ve noted before, Orlando’s usually done better at the outset and then experienced a decline with his defenses at past jobs. And USC (Clay Helton) wants a quick fix.