ASU can't play it both ways - or can they?


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Posted by Big Ron on January 29, 21 at 21:25:58:

In Reply to: Pro Model isn't about the coach's NFL background posted by NorCalDevil on January 29, 21 at 19:22:23:

Sometimes, ASU makes a big deal out of NFL experience on the coaching staff as it sells Pro Model. Other times, it refers back to the structure of an administrative tribunal that operates the program with Edwards solely focused on field activities. (Whatever happened to the Tribunal?)

So how does Mike Cavanaugh enhance the Edwards Pro Model more than any other potential line coach hire? If Pro Model means preparing players for the disciplines of NFL ball, it would seem that Alabama, Notre Dame and even Oregon turns out more plug-and-play ready NFL rookies than ASU. Don't misunderstand my post. I have great respect for any line coach that makes a 35 year career out of exclusively teaching O-linemen. But I do not see how a 33 year year veteran COLLEGE position coach has anything whatsoever to add to an ASU Pro Model. This seems especially true of line coaching. NFL linemen certainly need perfect balance and technique to survive against big, fast D-linemen that are phenomenal athletes. But even of more importance is the need to master complex blocking schemes and to master team blocking against sophisticated defensive rushing and blitz packages. Are these the components of the Pro Model that Edwards is referencing?

I am not trying to be argumentative, but it appears to me that the ASU Pro Model is just code for Edwards is relieved from many ancillary activities such as fund raising and football program management that his predecessors faced in past years. It also appears that the OC and DC take a greater role in managing their position coaches and coordinating with the front office analysts. In this regard, it would seem that Hill wanted his past colleague Adams. Adams backed out, Mawae was gone and Cavanaugh was one of the remaining names on the short list. I think that ASU was lucky to be able to pick up such an experienced coach. But Pro Model?

Help me out. what am I missing.




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