Wolverines Coaching in NFL, Battling for Playoffs

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here are their schedules this weekend:

For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here.

Games listed in chronological order. All games on Sunday.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002), now Secondary Coach, Baltimore; and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07), now Offensive Line Coach, Baltimore.
Baltimore, 10-5, is at Cincinnati, 1:00pm ET, CBS. The Ravens have clinched the AFC North – they cannot catch either Houston or Denver, who are competing with New England for the top two seeds in the AFC. The Bengals have clinched a wild card. This game features two playoff teams yet essentially means nothing.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 10-5, has clinched a wild card in the AFC. The Colts cannot win a division title. They will play Houston for the second time in three weeks, hosting the Texans in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS. Houston is playing for a first-round bye and possible top seeding in the AFC; this game essentially means nothing for Indianapolis.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 9-6, are still alive for a wild card berth – the way they get in (not involving tie games) is to win and for Minnesota to lose. Chicago at Detroit, 1:00pm ET, FOX. For the latest on Chicago Bears info, check out Chicago Bears Huddle.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005), now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83), now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
The Giants are 8-7 and tied for second place in the NFC East. They need help to make the playoffs – not only do they need to win against Philadelphia, but they also need Dallas, Chicago, and Minnesota to all lose. Philadelphia at NY Giants, 1:00pm ET, FOX.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85), now Assistant Special Teams Coach, New Orleans; and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005), now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints (7-8) host Carolina, 1:00pm ET, FOX.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay (6-9) is at Atlanta, 1:00pm ET, FOX. Neither team has anything to play for in this game – Atlanta is the top seed in the NFC, and Tampa Bay’s season comes to a close.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 11-4, have clinched the NFC North. Green Bay can clinch a first round bye with a win; or with a loss if both San Francisco and Seattle also lose. Green Bay at Minnesota, 4:25pm ET, FOX.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 10-4-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, have clinched a playoff spot. San Francisco can clinch the division title with a win or a Seattle loss, and they can clinch a first round bye with a win and a Green Bay loss. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25pm ET, 1:25pm PT, FOX.

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One Week To Go; Former M Players & Coaches Coaching in NFL

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL.

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Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers (11-4) overwhelmed Tennessee 55-7 and have clinched the NFC North. Green Bay can clinch a first round bye with either a win in Week 17; or with a loss if both San Francisco and Seattle also lose. Green Bay allows 20 points per game, 7th in the NFL, and gives up 112 yards rushing per game, 14th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 46 sacks this season, tied for 3rd in the NFL.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 10-4-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, were thrashed by Seattle 42-13. The 49ers have clinched a playoff spot, and can clinch the division title with a win or a Seattle loss. They can clinch a first round bye with a win and a Green Bay loss. Despite giving up 41 and 42 points in the last two games, for the season San Francisco’s defense has allowed the third fewest points in the NFL (17 per game). They are 2nd in the league in total yards allowed (297); and 4th in the NFL in passing yards allowed (200 per game). Offensively, they are 4th in the NFL in rushing with 158 yards per game.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
The Ravens, 10-5, clinched the AFC North with a 33-14 victory over the New York Giants. The Ravens offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, is 10th in the league in points scored with 25 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 21 points per game, 12th in the league.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 10-5 and 2nd in the AFC South, clinched a wild card spot with a 20-13 win over Kansas City. Goodwin’s offensive line has helped the Colts offense put up 369 yards per game, 9th in the NFL, and has given Luck enough time to pass for an average of 263 yards per game, which is 7th in the league.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 9-6 and in 2nd place in the NFC North, defeated Arizona 28-13. The Bears are still alive for a wild card berth – the way they get in (not involving tie games) is to win and for Minnesota to lose. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 23 points per game, 15th in the NFL.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
The Giants are 8-7 and tied for second place in the NFC East, were defeated by Baltimore 33-14. They need help to make the playoffs – not only do they need to win against Philadelphia in Week 17, but they also need Dallas, Chicago, and Minnesota to all lose. Ingram’s running backs average 112 yards per game, 17th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 9th in points scored at 26 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed 19 sacks all season, fewest in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 23 points per game, 18th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 20 passes this season, 3rd in the NFL, and recovered 14 fumbles, 4th in the league.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
The Saints, 7-8, defeated Dallas in overtime 34-31. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 308 passing yards per game, 2nd in the NFL. The Saints are also 3rd in points scored (28 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 44.4 net yards per punt.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 6-9, lost to St. Louis 28-13. Sheridan’s defense continues to allow the pass but stop the run. The Bucs lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging only 84 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 303 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 18 passes this season, tied for 6th best in the league, and have returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, also tied for 6th most in the NFL.

Sources for all statistics are NFL.com and ESPN.com.

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Former Wolverines, Lots of Them, Coaching in NYG-Balt Game

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here are their schedules this weekend:

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Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday.

Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

New York Giants (8-6) at Baltimore (9-5), 4:25pm ET FOX
Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005), now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83), now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002), now Secondary Coach, Baltimore; and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07), now Offensive Line Coach, Baltimore.

Baltimore will be home for the holidays for the Ravens and New York Giants. Former teammates at Michigan now coaching with the GIants – Jim Herrmann, linebacker (1979-82) and Jerald Ingram, running back (1979-83), were teammates on Team 103 (Big Ten Champions in 1982) with Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86), who is now Offensive Line Coach for the Ravens.

Herrmann, Moeller, and Teryl Austin coached together on Lloyd Carr’s staff from 2000-2002, winning a Big Ten Title together in 2000.

Going back a generation, Jack Harbaugh, father of Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh, was Defensive Backs Coach at Michigan from 1973-79, and the 1979 team, Team 100, had as members freshmen Jim Herrmann and Jerald Ingram. Andy Moeller’s father, Gary Moeller, was on Bo’s staff when Herrmann, Ingram, and Andy Moeller were players, and coached alongside Jack Harbaugh from 1973-76. The senior Moeller was also Head Coach for the Wolverines during part of Jim Herrmann’s time as an assistant coach with Michigan.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 10-4, have clinched the NFC North and are fighting for home field advantage in the playoffs. They host Tennessee, 1:00pm ET, CBS.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 9-5, in 2nd place in the AFC South and in good shape for a wild card spot, visit Kansas City in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay (6-8) hosts St. Louis, 1:00pm ET, FOX

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85), now Assistant Special Teams Coach, New Orleans; and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005), now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints (6-8) are at Dallas, 1:00pm ET, FOX.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 8-6 and in the hunt for a wild card spot, are at Arizona in a 4:25pm ET game on FOX.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 10-3-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, have clinched a playoff spot. The visit Seattle in their second consecutive Sunday night game, 8:20pm ET on NBC.

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Michigan Coaching Connections: ‘Tis the Season of Changing Jobs

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Fergodsakes.com takes a look at the recent college and NFL coaching changes, and how they have affected or might affect former Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in college or the NFL.

In the ever-changing world of college football coaching in December, this is merely a snapshot in time. It will change as soon as it is posted.

Fergodsakes.com posted version 1 of the Coaching Carousel on December 14.

For Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Was named Passing Game Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the University of South Florida on December 20. In 2012 was Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). The Hilltoppers will play in Detroit in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan on Wednesday December 26. Sheridan will stay on at WKU through the bowl game, then join Head coach Willie Taggart at USF. Taggart left WKU and was introduced as Head Coach at the University of South Florida on December 8; the Hilltoppers hired Bobby Petrino shortly thereafter. Sheridan discusses the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04), now Running Backs Coach for Cincinnati; and
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07), now Defensive Line Coach for Cincinnati
The Bearcats (9-3) will play against Duke in the Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC on Thursday December 27. Former Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7, and Tommy Tuberville was named Head Coach of the Bearcats on December 8. Tuberville will not coach the bowl game; Stripling has been named Interim Head Coach. After the bowl game, Stripling will re-join Jones on the Tennessee staff as Defensive Line Coach, repeating history from 2009. That’s when both Stripling and Jones were at Central Michigan University, Jones departed for Cincinnati and Stripling was Interim Head Coach for CMU in the GMAC Bowl. For now, Manning remains on staff at Cincinnati. It appears there will be no room for him with Jones at Tennessee, as the Volunteers have filled all coaching positions.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Was Defensive Coordinator for Temple in 2012. The Owls finished their season at 4-7 overall, 2-5 in the Big East (7th place). Temple Head Coach Steve Addazio left to become Head Coach at Boston College on December 4. Heater interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Temple on December 7, a job which ultimately went to Mike Rhule on December 16. Heater will most likely not be joining Addazio at Boston College, as Addazio has named his coordinators. Heater remains on the Owl website as Defensive Coordinator. There has been no announcement of Rhule’s coaching staff.

Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87; Wide Receivers Coach 1995-2007): now WR Coach with Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes finished 4-8 this season and have an Offensive Coordinator in Greg Davis who just finished his first season with Iowa with less than stellar results. Davis isn’t going anywhere – Ferentz isn’t going to fire him after one season. The question for Campbell – does he stay on at Iowa, under an offensive coordinator and offensive system that does not stress the use of wide receivers, or does he look for other opportunities? There is an Offensive Coordinator position open at Eastern Michigan, where former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English is Head Coach. English and Campbell coached on Lloyd Carr’s staff together from 2003-2007. Also at UM during that time was running back Mike Hart, who is now EMU’s Running Back’s Coach; and Kurt Anderson (UM Offensive Lineman 1997-2001), now EMU’s Offensive Line Coach. Would Campbell view an Offensive Coordinator position at EMU as more favorable than a Wide Receivers Coach with Iowa? Ron English has only one year left on his contract, so whatever attractiveness there may be to an OC position with the Eagles would be tempered by the fact that it could be a job that lasts for only one year.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94);
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and
Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008):
Syracuse University. Wheatley is Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 7-5 overall, finished the regular season at 5-2 in the Big East. They will play West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday December 29. With the strong season at Syracuse, it is rumored that Shafer interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Western Michigan, a job which eventually went to P.J. Fleck, who has been Wide Receivers Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season. For now it appears that Shafer, Wheatley, and Morrison will be continuing on at Syracuse for another season. Safe to say that the reputation of each continues to grow, and these are three coaches to keep an eye on in terms of advancement.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 10-2, will be in the Sugar Bowl on January 2 against Florida. Head Coach Charlie Strong and the Cardinals are in the process of extending Strong’s contract. That should give Bedford job security and the opportunity to continue as Defensive Coordinator with what many see as a rising program.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. If and when Coach Jackson lands another position, don’t be surprised to see the A-Train to join his staff.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the SEC West.
It will be interesting to see where Loeffler lands, and no, it won’t be Michigan, nor should it be.
Among those with Michigan ties, with whom Loeffler has coached:

  • Erik Campbell, coached with Loeffler on Lloyd Carr’s staff from 2002-2007. While Loeffler’s traditional offensive philosophy would seem to be a perfect fit with Iowa, the Hawkeyes just completed Year One with a new offensive coordinator (Greg Davis), and it’s doubtful they would make such a sudden move for an offensive coordinator with less than stellar results in his previous job, such as Loeffler.
  • Ron English, currently Head Coach at Eastern Michigan. Loeffler coached with English on Michigan’s staff from 2003-2007. Eagle Totem has reported that EMU’s 2012 Offensive Coordinator Ken Karcher no longer holds that position, so the Eagles are looking for a new Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler was on Lloyd Carr’s coaching staff with English at Michigan; was QB Coach when EMU Running Backs Coach Mike Hart was at Michigan; and was a Graduate Assistant when EMU Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson was a redshirt freshman and sophomore for the maize and blue.
  • Chuck Heater. Loeffler was Offensive Coordinator at Temple in 2011, when Heater was Defensive Coordinator for the Owls. They were also together on the 2009 and 2010 Florida Gators staffs. Heater is himself in limbo at this time.
  • Vance Bedford. Loeffler was on the 2007 Michigan staff with Bedord, as well as the 2009 staff with the Florida Gators. Bedford is now Defensive Coordinator at Louisville under Cardinals Head Coach Charlie Strong, also part of the 2009 Gator staff. With the Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, it is reasonable to assume that some current Cardinals coaches could be in demand elsewhere, perhaps creating an opening for Loeffler on the Louisville staff.
  • Teryl Austin and Andy Moeller. Loeffler coached with Austin on the 2002 Michigan staff and the 2010 Florida Gators staff; and with Moeller on Lloyd Carr’s staff at Michigan from 2002-07. Austin is now Defensive Backs Coach with the Baltimore Ravens, while Moeller is the Offensive Line Coach. The Head Coach for the Ravens is of course John Harbaugh. Perhaps Loeffler could find himself on the Ravens staff after the season is over.
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    Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Was Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach in 2012. On December 17, Faulkner accepted a position with North Carolina State as Tight Ends Coach, Fullbacks Coach, and Special Teams Coordinator. With Bret Bielema leaving Wisconsin in a surprising move to become Head Coach at Arkansas, his assistants were left scrambling. Barry Alvarez will lead the Badgers in the Rose Bowl, after which Gary Andersen will take over as Head Coach.

    John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman was 9-2 in the regular season and qualified for the FCS playoffs. They lost their first round game on November 24. Head Coach for the Wildcats, Brian Jenkins, was reportedly interviewed for the vacant Southern University coaching position; Jenkins will remain with Bethune-Cookman, according to news reports.

    Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The Zips finished with a record of 1-11 overall, 0-8 in the MAC-East (last place). Head Coach Terry Bowden has named a new offensive coordinator (A.J. Milwee, QB Coach for the Zips in 2012). The rest of the coaching staff, including Boykin, appear to be returning.

    NFL

    Cam Cameron, fired earlier last week as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Cameron’s ties to those with Michigan roots are many:

  • Jim Harbaugh The NFL is a fraternity for coaches, if nothing else. Cameron was Michigan’s Wide Receivers Coach in 1986, Harbaugh’s last season with the Wolverines. Having coached for John Harbaugh and with Andy Moeller (Harbaugh and Moeller were co-captains in 1986), perhaps Cameron would land a position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff after this season?
  • Les Miles Cameron coached with Miles for 7 seasons at Michigan. Should Miles get an opening on his staff at LSU, it would be interesting to see if Cameron would be considered, or if Cameron would even be interested.
  • Jim Herrmann Cameron coached with Herrmann for 6 seasons at Michigan. Herrmann is now the Linebackers Coach for the New York Giants. Would New York Head Coach Tom Coughlin consider Cameron for any potential openings on the Giants staff at the end of the season?
  • Mike DeBord Cameron coached with DeBord for 2 seasons at Michigan. DeBord is now the Tight Ends Coach with the Chicago Bears.
  • Cameron was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff when the following men were in their playing days at Michigan: Erik Campbell, now Wide Receivers Coach at Iowa; Doug Mallory, now Defensive Coordinator at Indiana; Curt Mallory, now Secondary Coach at Michigan; Mike Elston, now Defensive Line Coach at Notre Dame; Steve Morrison, now Linebackers Coach at Syracuse; Tyrone Wheatley, now Running Backs Coach at Syracuse; and Matt Dyson, now Head Coach with George Mason University, where football is a club sport.
  • Warde Manuel. Now the Athletic Director at UConn, Manuel was a Michigan player during the early part of Cameron’s tenure with the maize and blue.
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    Wolverine Coaching Connection Week 15 NFL Recap

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    Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL.

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    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 10-3-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, defeated New England 41-34 in the dramatic Sunday night game. The 49ers have clinched a playoff spot. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the NFL (16 per game). They are 2nd in the league in total yards allowed (293); 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (91 per game); and 5th in the NFL in passing yards allowed (202 per game). Offensively, they are 2nd in the NFL in rushing with 163 yards per game.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 10-4, clinched the NFC North with a 21-13 victory over Chicago. Green Bay allows 114 yards rushing per game, 14th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 39 sacks this season, tied for 5th in the NFL.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    Now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
    The Ravens, 9-5 and in 1st place in the AFC North, lost to Denver 34-17 in their first game since former Michigan coach Cam Cameron was fired as Offensive Coordinator. Baltimore has clinched a playoff spot. The Ravens offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, is 12th in the league in points scored with 25 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 22 points per game, 13th in the league.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 9-5 and 2nd in the AFC South, lost to first place Houston 29-17. Indianapolis does have inside position on a wild card playoff spot, leading the rest of the AFC by one game with two to play. Goodwin’s offensive line has helped the Colts offense put up 375 yards per game, 9th in the NFL, and has given Luck enough time to pass for an average of 268 yards per game, which is 8th in the league.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 8-6 and in 2nd place in the NFC North, lost to first place Green Bay 21-13. The Bears are still alive for a playoff berth. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 23 points per game, 16th in the NFL.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
    Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
    The Giants, 8-6 and in a three-way tie for 1st place in the NFC East, were shut out by Atlanta 34-0. Ingram’s running backs average 115 yards per game, 15th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 6th in points scored at 27 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed 16 sacks all season, fewest in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 22 points per game, 12th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 20 passes this season, 3rd in the NFL, and recovered 14 fumbles, 4th in the league.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 6-8 and tied for 2nd place in the NFC South, were shut out by New Orleans 41-0. Sheridan’s defense continues to allow the pass but stop the run. The Bucs lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging only 83 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 311 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 17 passes this season, tied for 5th best in the league, and have returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, also tied for 4th most in the NFL.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
    New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
    The Saints are 6-8, tied for 2nd in the NFC South, after blowing out Tampa Bay 41-0. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 298 passing yards per game, 2nd in the NFL. The Saints are also 4th in points scored (28 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 44.7 net yards per punt.

    Sources for all statistics are NFL.com and ESPN.com.

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    Two Former Great Wolverine QB’s Meet in New England

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    Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here are their schedules this weekend:

    For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here.

    Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday.

    Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

    Green Bay (9-4) at Chicago (8-5), 1:00pm ET FOX
    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach.
    In a battle for first place in the NFC North, Trgovac and the Packers travel to Chicago to face DeBord and the Bears. Trgovac and DeBord did not cross paths in Ann Arbor.

    Tampa Bay (6-7) at New Orleans (5-8), 1:00pm ET, FOX
    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85), now Assistant Special Teams Coach, New Orleans; and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005), now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
    Malone and Sheridan were on Michigan’s staff together from 2002-2004. During those three seasons, Michigan won two Big Ten Championships, played in two Rose Bowls, and were 1-2 against the Buckeyes.

    Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005), now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83), now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
    The Giants, 8-5 and in first place in the NFC East, visit Atlanta in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); and
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    Now with the Baltimore Ravens, Austin as the Secondary Coach; Moeller as the Offensive Line Coach. The Ravens, 9-4 and in 1st place in the AFC North, host Denver in their first game without former Michigan coach Cam Cameron as Offensive Coordinator. Kickoff is 1:00pm ET on CBS.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 9-4 and in 2nd place in the AFC South, visit 1st place Houston in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS. Should the Colts win, they will be a game out of first with two to go, and they host Houston in the last game of the regular season.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 9-3-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, visit New England in the Sunday night game, 8:20pm ET on NBC. Two former great Michigan quarterbacks on opposing sidelines with both Harbaugh and, of course, Tom Brady of the Patriots.

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    Michigan Coaching Connections on the Coaching Carousel

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    Fergodsakes.com takes a look at the recent college and NFL coaching changes, and how they have affected or might affect former Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in college or the NFL.

    In the ever-changing world of college football coaching in December, this is merely a snapshot in time. It will change as soon as it is posted.

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    Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

    Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 10-2, will be in the Sugar Bowl on January 2 against Florida. Head Coach Charlie Strong was rumored to have turned down the Tennessee job, will remain at Lousville, and the Cardinals are in the process of extending Strong’s contract. All of that should give Bedford job security and the opportunity to continue as Defensive Coordinator with what many see as a rising program.

    Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04), now Running Backs Coach for Cincinnati; and
    Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07), now Defensive Line Coach for Cincinnati
    The Bearcats (9-3) will play against Duke in the Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC on Thursday December 27. Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7. Stripling was named Interim Head Coach. In 2009, when both Stripling and Jones were at Central Michigan University, Jones departed for Cincinnati and Stripling was Interim Head Coach for CMU in the GMAC Bowl. With history repeating itself, there is speculation that Stripling will re-join Jones in Tennessee.

    Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94);
    Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and
    Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008):
    Syracuse University. Wheatley is Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 7-5 overall, finished the regular season at 5-2 in the Big East. They will play West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday December 29. With the strong season at Syracuse, it is rumored that Shafer has interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Western Michigan. That same article says that Morrison is a possibility to be Shafer’s Defensive Coordinator, should Shafer land the WMU job. It also mentions that Syracuse’s Head Coach, Doug Marrone, is rumored to have interviewed for the Wisconsin job – opening all sorts of possibilities for Shafer, Morrison, and Wheatley.

    Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). The Hilltoppers will play in Detroit in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan on Wednesday December 26. Head coach Willie Taggart left WKU and was introduced as Head Coach at the University of South Florida on December 8; the Hilltoppers hired Bobby Petrino shortly thereafter (Petrino was introduced as WKU Head Coach on December 10). Petrino will reportedly be hands-off until after the bowl game. Sheridan’s first season with WKU was 2012. Sheridan’s dad, former Michigan assistant coach Bill Sheridan, is now Defensive Coordinator at Tampa Bay. There is no overlap in the careers of Petrino and the elder Sheridan. At this point it’s tough to say where Nick Sheridan will end up. WKU blog Toppatime will have all the latest on the WKU coaching staff.

    Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Was Defensive Coordinator for Temple in 2012. The Owls finished their season at 4-7 overall, 2-5 in the Big East (7th place). Temple Head Coach Steve Addazio left to become Head Coach at Boston College on December 4. Heater interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Temple on December 7. Many news outlets have reported that should Heater not get the Temple job, he would follow Addazio to Boston College to become Defensive Coordinator for the Eagles. According to Philly.com, Temple won’t be naming its new head coach until at least the first part of next week.

    Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. If and when Coach Jackson lands another position, don’t be surprised to see the A-Train to join his staff.

    Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the SEC West.
    Among those with Michigan ties, with whom Loeffler has coached:

  • Erik Campbell, coached with Loeffler on Lloyd Carr’s staff from 2002-2007. While Loeffler’s traditional offensive philosophy would seem to be a perfect fit with Iowa, the Hawkeyes just completed Year One with a new offensive coordinator (Greg Davis), and it’s doubtful they would make such a sudden move for an offensive coordinator with less than stellar results in his previous job, such as Loeffler.
  • Ron English, currently Head Coach at Eastern Michigan. Loeffler coached with English on Michigan’s staff from 2003-2007. Eagle Totem has reported that EMU’s 2012 Offensive Coordinator Ken Karcher no longer holds that position, so the Eagles are looking for a new Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler was on Lloyd Carr’s coaching staff with English at Michigan; was QB Coach when EMU Running Backs Coach Mike Hart was at Michigan; and was a Graduate Assistant when EMU Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson was a redshirt freshman and sophomore for the maize and blue.
  • Chuck Heater. Loeffler was Offensive Coordinator at Temple in 2011, when Heater was Defensive Coordinator for the Owls. They were also together on the 2009 and 2010 Florida Gators staffs. Heater is in the mix for the head coaching position with Temple; if he gets the Temple job, would Loeffler be a candidate for Heater’s staff? If Heater does not get the Temple job, he will most likely become Defensive Coordinator for Boston College and their new Head Coach, Steve Addazio. Loeffler coached with Addazio at Florida on those 2009 and 2010 staffs with Heater. Further, the new Athletic Director at Boston College, the man who hired Addazio, is Brad Bates, who played football for Michigan from 1978-80.
  • Vance Bedford. Loeffler was on the 2007 Michigan staff with Bedord, as well as the 2009 staff with the Florida Gators. Bedford is now Defensive Coordinator at Louisville under Cardinals Head Coach Charlie Strong, also part of the 2009 Gator staff. With the Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, it is reasonable to assume that some current Cardinals coaches could be in demand elsewhere, perhaps creating an opening for Loeffler on the Louisville staff.
  • Teryl Austin and Andy Moeller. Loeffler coached with Austin on the 2002 Michigan staff and the 2010 Florida Gators staff; and with Moeller on Lloyd Carr’s staff at Michigan from 2002-07. Austin is now Defensive Backs Coach with the Baltimore Ravens, while Moeller is the Offensive Line Coach. The Head Coach for the Ravens is of course John Harbaugh. Perhaps Loeffler could find himself on the Ravens staff after the season is over.
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    Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, 8-5, will be playing in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day against the Stanford Cardinal. Bret Bielema of course left Wisconsin in a surprising move to become Head Coach at Arkansas. Barry Alvarez will lead the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. Would you rather have your Athletic Director searching for a new coach or preparing for a Rose Bowl? In any event, Faulkner played at Wisconsin from 1996-2000. Any new head coach will want his own staff. If the new Badger coach has Wisconsin ties, perhaps Faulkner stays. His only season on Bielema’s staff was 2012; other than that there is no history between Faulkner and Bielema – doubtful that he moves to Arkansas.

    John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman was 9-2 in the regular season and qualified for the FCS playoffs. They lost their first round game on November 24. Head Coach for the Wildcats, Brian Jenkins, was reportedly interviewed for the vacant Southern University coaching position; Jenkins will remain with Bethune-Cookman, according to news reports.

    Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The Zips finished with a record of 1-11 overall, 0-8 in the MAC-East (last place). Head Coach Terry Bowden has named a new offensive coordinator (A.J. Milwee, QB Coach for the Zips in 2012). The rest of the coaching staff, including Boykin, appear to be returning.

    NFL

    Cam Cameron, fired earlier this week as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Cameron’s ties to those with Michigan roots are many:

  • Jim Harbaugh The NFL is a fraternity for coaches, if nothing else. Cameron was Michigan’s Wide Receivers Coach in 1986, Harbaugh’s last season with the Wolverines. Having coached for John Harbaugh and with Andy Moeller (Harbaugh and Moeller were co-captains in 1986), perhaps Cameron would land a position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff after this season?
  • Les Miles Cameron coached with Miles for 7 seasons at Michigan. Should Miles get an opening on his staff at LSU, it would be interesting to see if Cameron would be considered, or if Cameron would even be interested.
  • Jim Herrmann Cameron coached with Herrmann for 6 seasons at Michigan. Herrmann is now the Linebackers Coach for the New York Giants. Would New York Head Coach Tom Coughlin consider Cameron for any potential openings on the Giants staff at the end of the season?
  • Mike DeBord Cameron coached with DeBord for 2 seasons at Michigan. DeBord is now the Tight Ends Coach with the Chicago Bears.
  • Cameron was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff when the following men were in their playing days at Michigan: Erik Campbell, now Wide Receivers Coach at Iowa; Doug Mallory, now Defensive Coordinator at Indiana; Curt Mallory, now Secondary Coach at Michigan; Mike Elston, now Defensive Line Coach at Notre Dame; Steve Morrison, now Linebackers Coach at Syracuse; Tyrone Wheatley, now Running Backs Coach at Syracuse; and Matt Dyson, now Head Coach with George Mason University, where football is a club sport.
  • Warde Manuel. Now the Athletic Director at UConn, Manuel was a Michigan player during the early part of Cameron’s tenure with the maize and blue.
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    Wolverine Coaching Connection NFL Week 14 Recap

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    Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL.

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    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 9-3-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, defeated Miami 27-13. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the NFL (14 per game). They are 2nd in the league in total yards allowed (276); 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (91 per game); and 2nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed (185 per game). Offensively, they are 2nd in the NFL in rushing with 162 yards per game.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    Now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
    The Ravens, 9-4 and in 1st place in the AFC North, lost to Washington in overtime, 31-28. Former Michigan coach Cam Cameron was of course fired in the aftermath. Under Cameron, the Ravens offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, was 9th in the league in points scored with 26 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 21 points per game, 10th in the league.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 9-4 and in 1st place in the NFC North, beat Detroit 27-20. Green Bay allows 117 yards rushing per game, 15th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 35 sacks this season, 6th in the NFL.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 9-4 and 2nd in the AFC South, defeated Tennessee 27-23. Goodwin’s offensive line has helped the Colts offense put up 383 yards per game, 7th in the NFL, and has given Luck enough time to pass for an average of 277 yards per game, which is 8th in the league.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 8-5 and in 2nd place in the NFC North, lost to Minnesota 21-14. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 24 points per game, 14th in the NFL.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
    Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
    The Giants, 8-5 and in 1st place in the NFC East, beat New Orleans 52-27. Ingram’s running backs average 116 yards per game, 15th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 3rd in points scored at 29 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed 15 sacks all season, fewest in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 21 points per game, 8th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 20 passes this season, 2nd in the NFL, and recovered 14 fumbles, tied for 2nd in the league.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 6-7 and in 2nd place in the NFC South, lost to Philadelphia 23-21. Sheridan’s defense continues to allow the pass but stop the run. The Bucs lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging only 78 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 312 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 17 passes this season, 4th best in the league, and have returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, also tied for 4th most in the NFL.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
    New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
    The Saints are 5-8, 3rd in the NFC South, after losing to the New York Giants 52-27. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 298 passing yards per game, 2nd in the NFL. The Saints are also 6th in points scored (27 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 44.9 net yards per punt.

    Sources for all statistics are NFL.com and ESPN.com.

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    Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here are their schedules this weekend:

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    All games on Sunday December 9, 2012.

    Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

    New Orleans Saints (5-7) at New York Giants (7-5), 4:25pm ET, FOX
    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85), now Assistant Special Teams Coach, New Orleans; and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005), now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005), now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83), now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
    Mike Mallory will see a few former teammates when the Saints travel to play the Giants. Mallory was teammates in 1981 and 1982 with both Herrmann and Ingram, the three of them winning a Big Ten Championship together in 1982 on Team 103. Herrmann and Saints Tight Ends Coach Terry Malone were later on Michigan’s staff together from 1997-2005, winning five Big Ten Championships and a National Championship together.

    Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93); and
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three are now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. The Ravens, 9-3 and in 1st place in the AFC North, are at Washington in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach.
    The Bears, 8-4 and tied for 1st place in the NFC North, are at Minnesota in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 8-4 and in 2nd place in the AFC South, hosts Tennessee at 1:00pm ET on CBS.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay, 6-6, hosts Philadelphia in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 8-3-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, host Miami. Kickoff is 4:05pm ET, 1:05pm PT on CBS.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 8-4 and tied for 1st place in the NFC North, host the Detroit Lions in the Sunday night game, 8:20pm ET on NBC.

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    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93);
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
    The Ravens, 9-3, lost to Pittsburgh 23-20. Cameron’s offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, is 9th in the league in points scored with 25 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 20 points per game, 8th in the league.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 8-3-1, lost to St. Louis in overtime, 16-13. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the NFL (14 per game). They are 2nd in the league in total yards allowed (280) and 2nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed (189 per game). Offensively, they are 2nd in the NFL in rushing with 162 yards per game. For the latest on the 49ers, check out ninernoise.com.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 8-4, lost to Seattle in overtime 23-17. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 25 points per game, 13th in the NFL.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 8-4, beat Minnesota 23-14. Green Bay allows 115 yards rushing per game, 15th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 34 sacks this season, tied for 4th in the NFL.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 8-4, defeated the Detroit Lions 35-33. Goodwin’s offensive line has helped the Colts offense put up 392 yards per game, 3rd in the NFL, and has given Luck enough time to pass for an average of 286 yards per game, which is 5th in the league.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
    Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
    The Giants, 7-5, lost to Washington 17-16. Ingram’s running backs average 115 yards per game, 15th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 5th in points scored at 27 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed 15 sacks all season, tied for best in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 20 points per game, 9th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 18 passes this season, tied for 2nd in the NFL, and recovered 12 fumbles, tied for 3rd in the league.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 6-6, lost to Denver 31-23. Sheridan’s defense continues to allow the pass but stop the run. The Bucs lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging only 82 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 309 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 17 passes this season, 4th best in the league, and have returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, also tied for 4th most in the NFL. Check out Buccaneers360.com for the latest on Tampa Bay’s season.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
    New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
    The Saints are 5-7 after losing to Atlanta 23-13. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 294 passing yards per game, 3rd in the NFL. The Saints are also 6th in points scored (27 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 44.8 net yards per punt.

    Sources for all statistics are NFL.com and ESPN.com.

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