Fergodsakes.com reviews the action from NFL football games this past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches.
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Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 12-4, finished second in the NFC West. A wild card team, San Francisco will visit Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs this coming Sunday at 4:40pm ET on FOX. The 49ers rushed for 138 yards per game, 3rd in the NFL. They have gave up 17 points per game, also 3rd in the league.
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints, 11-5, finished second in the NFC South. A wild card team, New Orleans will visit Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs this coming Saturday at 8:10pm ET on NBC. The Saints were 2nd in the NFL in passing yards per game (307); and 10th in the NFL in points per game (26).
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Green Bay won the NFC North with an 8-7-1 record, and will host San Francisco in the first round of the playoffs this coming Sunday at 4:40pm ET on FOX. The Packers (and Trgovac’s defensive line) allowed 125 rushing yards per game, 25th in the NFL.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals finished third in the NFC West with a 10-6 record, just missing out on a wild card playoff spot. Goodwin’s offense averaged 24 points per game, 17th in the NFL.
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, Austin as the Secondary Coach; Moeller as the Offensive Line Coach.
Baltimore finished third in the AFC North with an 8-8 record, and missed the playoffs. Austin’s secondary was part of a defense giving up an average of 22 points per game, 12th in the NFL. Moeller’s offensive line contributed to the Ravens rushing for only 83 yards per game, 30th in the NFL.
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): Senior with Team 104. Now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
The Giants, 7-9, finished third in the NFC East and missed the playoffs. New York finished 29th in the league in rushing yards per game (83), and gave up 24 points per game, 18th in the NFL.
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and
Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills
The Bills, 6-10, finished last in the AFC East. Wheatley’s running backs rushed for 144 yards per game, 2nd in the NFL.
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 4-12, finished last in the NFC South. Head Coach Greg Schiano was fired on December 30. Typically, existing coaches will retain their jobs until a new Head Coach is named, at which time the new man will bring in his own staff. Sheridan’s defense did give up 24 points per game, 21st in the NFL.
Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville
The Jaguars, 4-12, finished third in the AFC South. Jacksonville finished 3rd in average kickoff return (25.9 yards per return).