Marcus Freeman released Rees to hire Notre Dame offensive staff – Inside the Irish
When Tommy Rees told his offense he was staying at Notre Dame on the first Wednesday night in December, it wasn’t long before Ireland’s attacking assistants began announcing their intention to stay with the attacking coordinator via publications. on social networks.
First tight ends coach John McNulty and then running backs coach Lance Taylor made it clear they weren’t heading to LSU. Less was difficult from receivers coach Del Alexander and offensive line coach Jeff Quinn, quietly confirming what was long overdue that both would end up elsewhere after the 2021 season.
But then the coaching carousel hit and the 29-year-old offensive coordinator had to unexpectedly hire a whole new coaching staff. In a way, it was a good problem to have, a testament to the quality of McNulty and Taylor that they were hired as offensive coordinators at Boston College and Louisville, respectively.
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No matter how many offensive openings, new Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman left the lion’s share of that hiring process to Rees.
“I relied on Tommy Rees a lot on the attacking side of the ball,” Freeman said last week. “You think before I become a head coach, ‘When I become a head coach, I do all the hiring. I bring in the guys I know and trust. That’s not the best for the program, what is best for the team You have to make the best decisions for the program and for the team.
“It’s to empower your offensive coordinator. With the majority of hires, I said, ‘Tommy, you bring me your number one candidate and then I’m going to interview him. But I’m going to trust you. If that’s the guy you want, let me interview him and let me get to know him, but I’m going to trust you as the offensive coordinator.
So, Rees set out to find an offensive line coach, his former offensive line coach, and a running backs coach who had caused Notre Dame problems in the past. He found a receivers coach whose only connection on paper was the outgoing McNulty and a tight ends coach from Freeman’s past.
“[Freeman’s] the trust and the support and his belief throughout this offseason whirlwind here has been tremendous and I’m extremely supportive of what we’ve tried to do together,” Rees said. “I can’t thank him enough for the opportunities with the staff.”
Rees on running backs coach Deland McCullough
“The first conversation I had with Deland, I was in an airport somewhere on a trip and I immediately texted Coach Freeman, ‘Hey, we need to get this guy on the phone with you as soon as possible’ because he was hugely impressive, his energy, his attention to detail in football was great throughout the last week.
“You can look at who he’s coached, you can look at where he’s coached, it all speaks for itself, but when you walk into the room with him and you start talking about football and you start talking about porters ball and being a mentor to them, you can see why he was successful.
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Rees on receivers coach Chansi Stuckey, 38
“The moment you’re around him there’s an energy, there’s a personality there that you immediately put your trust in someone like that. I’m a young coach, I was hired as a “As a young coach. Coach Freeman is a young coach. We’ve all had opportunities when some people thought we weren’t ready.
“[Stuckey] played the game at an extremely high level. He was on staff at Clemson, where they do things the right way, for a few years and then they got to run a room and they had a great year at Baylor. The notion of inexperience, I really don’t see it that way. He has been in football for a very long time.
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Rees on tight ends coach Gerad Parker, a former offensive coordinator
“Anytime you can have staff members who see things from a holistic point of view, it helps to bring ideas and it creates some really positive banter in terms of trying to plan and create opportunities. I don’t have all the answers, I don’t pretend. I like ideas. I love good ideas even more.
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Rees on former and new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand
“I can trust Harry Hiestand with just about anything and there was no one else. That was it. When I first spoke with Coach Hiestand it was all.
“He’s someone I’ve been in contact with since the time I stopped playing at Notre Dame (in 2013) until today, and I probably spoke to the coach once. times a month. We had a close relationship when I was a player, when I came back in 2017 he was still on staff so there were stages along the way where we stayed in constant communication. That’s the right person to lead that offensive line.
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