IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa named Brian Ferentz as the offensive coordinator on Monday. Head coach Kirk Ferentz and the new offensive coordinator met with the media during a 40-minute press conference.
Here are five things to know about Brian Ferentz and the offense going forward.
1. Brian Ferentz doesn’t know what his exact role will be. It’s yet to be determined what position he’ll coach on top of coordinating the offense. He could continue to work with the offensive line. He could end up working with quarterbacks or another group. Brian Ferentz said he’ll evaluate the situation and figure out what his exact role will be going forward at a later date. Don’t be surprised if that happens after signing day in February.
Brian Ferentz never coached tight ends before overseeing the position with the New England Patriots. It was the same way with the offensive line when he first came to Iowa. It may not be likely, but it is too early to rule out Brian Ferentz changing the position group he works with.
2. No other staff changes are being made at this time. That doesn’t mean everything will be status quo going into next season. What position Brian Ferentz coaches will dictate what other openings pop up with the offensive staff.
Also, coach Kirk Ferentz said “everything is now open” in regard to the offensive staff with the retirement of former offensive coordinator Greg Davis. What does that mean? The Hawkeyes will, at a minimum, entertain the notion of moving pieces around with the coaching staff, if not bringing in a new face or two.
KF is open on how the staff will be constructed. One opening right now.
— marcmorehouse (@marcmorehouse) January 9, 2017
3. Brian Ferentz won’t revamp the offense. Kirk Ferentz joked that the Hawkeyes won’t be a spread offense or implement the run and shoot in 2017. Brian Ferentz said he’s after a balanced attack.
Iowa will continue to rely on a power running game and the offensive line to get into the end zone. The basic tenets of the offense will be the same. Expect Brian Ferentz to try to play to players’ strengths with his offense. He made a few comments indicating as much during the press conference.
Brian Ferentz on Iowa being too predictable: "We need to be balanced. With balance, that takes care of some of those criticisms."
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) January 9, 2017
4. Brian Ferentz will address the passing game. He knows it wasn’t where it needed to be this past season, but he wouldn’t reveal specific changes he would make. Brian Ferentz said he will re-evaluate it during the offseason and go from there.
"We need to go back and reevaluate everything we've done," Brian says of passing game
— MarkEmmert (@MarkEmmert) January 9, 2017
5. Kirk Ferentz will be on board with almost any change his son wants to make (outside of that run-and-shoot playbook). Kirk Ferentz did give Davis room to tailor parts of the offense, especially the passing game, to what he preferred to do. He said he’ll give Brian Ferentz the same latitude with the offense.