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. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers pounded the New York Jets 34-0 to improve to 3-1 on the season. San Francisco is Top-5 in the NFL in scoring defense, rushing defense, passing defense, and total defense. Offensively, they are third in the league in rushing the ball at 167 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 3 now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. The Ravens are 3-1 after beating Cleveland 23-16 last Thursday. Offensive Coordinator Cameron has the Ravens Top-5 in the league in points scored, passing offense, and total offense. Offensive Line Coach Moeller has the offensive line contributing to the NFL’s 12th best rushing attack, averaging 114 yards per game. Defensively, Austin’s secondary has contributed to a unit which is 12th in scoring defense, allowing 21 points per game. The Ravens have 4 interceptions on the season, returning 2 for touchdowns.
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 are 3-1 after defeating the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, 34-18. The blog Windy City Gridiron discusses a possible growing rapport between quarterback Jay Cutler and tight end Kellen Davis.
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Pack are 2-2 after defeating New Orleans 28-27. Trgovac’s defensive line has contributed to a team which is 4th in the NFL in sacks, getting to the quarterback 14 times this season.
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 2-2 after the 19-17 Sunday night loss to Philadelphia. Herrmann’s linebackers have contributed to a defense which is tied for 4th in the NFL in interceptions, with 6 on the season. Ingram’s running backs are averaging 90 yards per game on the ground, which is 23rd in the league. They are also part of an offense which is 9th in scoring, averaging 28 points per game.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 1-2, had a bye week. Goodwin’s offensive line is giving Luck time enough to average 267 passing yards per game, which is 12th in the league. Luck has been kept relatively clean, being sacked 5 times on the season, tied for third fewest in the NFL.
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs are 1-3 after losing to RG3 and the Washington Redskins 24-22. The Buccaneers rush defense is 4th best in the NFL, allowing 76 yards per game. On the flip side, the passing defense is allowing a league-worst 344 yards per game.
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 0-4 after losing 28-27 to Green Bay. Malone’s tight ends are contributing to an offense which is 3rd in the league in passing yards, averaging 321 yards per game.
Source for all statistics is NFL.com.