Halfway Through Season for Wolverines Coaching in NFL

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan Wolverine football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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, 6-1, defeated Carolina 23-22. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 26 points per game, 8th 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 6-2 after defeating the Cowboys in Dallas, 29-24. Ingram’s running backs have contributed to an offense which is 3rd in points scored at 29 per game, 4th in total offense with 397 yards per game; and 6th in passing offense with 282 yards per game. They have allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL, allowing just 7 all season. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 20 points per game on average, 8th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 16 passes this season, tied for most in the NFL, and recovered 8 fumbles, 2nd in the league. Giants blog Big Blue Interactive discusses how Hurricane Sandy will affect the Giants this week.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers manhandled Arizona on Monday night, 24-3, and are 6-2 on the season. San Francisco’s defense is tops in the NFL in both points allowed (13 per game) and total yards allowed (271 yards per game); the 49ers are 2nd in the league in passing yards allowed (184 yards per game). Offensively, they lead the NFL in rushing with 169 yards per game.

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, 5-2, had a bye week. Cameron’s offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, is 11th in the league in points scored with 25 points per game. The Baltimore Sun takes a look at the Ravens offense. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 23 points per game, 17th in the league. They have recovered 6 fumbles, tied for 6th in the league.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers are 5-3 after defeating Jacksonville 24-15. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 26 sacks this season, tied for most in the NFL with Arizona.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 4-3, defeated Tennessee 19-13. Goodwin’s offensive line has given its quarterback enough time to pass for an average of 266 yards per game, which is 9th in the league.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 3-4, defeated Minnesota 36-17. Sheridan’s defense is 6th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging 85 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 310 yards per game, which has Tampa Bay’s defense ranked 31st in that category. The Bucs have intercepted 10 passes this season, tied for 3rd best 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, 2-5, lost to Denver 34-14 Sunday night. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 316 passing yards per game, first in the NFL. The Saints are 5th in total offense (389 yards per game) and 6th in points scored (27 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 45.2 net yards per punt.

Source for all statistics is NFL.com.

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