Well Traveled Erickson Lands in Utah
Having success and a proven track record as a coach in college football is without a doubt beneficial for sustaining a long career drawing up x's and o's. Former Oregon State Beavers head coach Dennis Erickson is an excellent example of carving out what will turn out to be a legendary career.
Erickson joined BFT guest host Fletcher Johnson to talk about becoming the new Co-Offensive Coordinator of the Utah football program.
The spread offensive is gaining popularity not just in college football but also starting to hit the NFL level. Dennis Erickson helped usher in the spread offense before it became widely used in college football.
"It kind of started when I coached for Jack Elway so I was spreading 'em out, nobody else was and when I went to Washington State and Idaho and Wyoming we were one of maybe two teams that were in one back and it kind of kept going from there. A lot of the stuff people are doing now with the option part of it we were doing at San Jose State." Erickson said of first using the spread offense.
Chip Kelly left the University of Oregon for a job with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL. Mark Helfrich, the Offensive Coordinator for Chip Kelly was promoted from within the University as the new Head Coach of the Ducks.
"With Mark being there and coming from within the program I don't see them missing a beat at all. I know Mark, I think he's a great person and a great coach and I just don't see them losing stride." Erickson remarked in regards to Mark Helfrich taking over the reigns as Head Coach of the Ducks.
Dennis Erickson spoke with Fletcher Johnson about coaching at South Albany High School and his experience at the prep level.
Click on the link below to hear the complete interview with Dennis Erickson.