Sunday, January 18, 2009

Walker....Good to be running the defense?

It appears as if DeWayne Walker will be running his own defense as coach of the New Mexico State Aggie football team.

Me, I don't like it when a head coach acts as a head coordinator too. I'm not questioning Walker's defensive mind. The man clearly can get it done. But I know he knows strong defensive coaches after having years in the business who would make fine coordinators as well.

Perhaps it's a money issue for NMSU. Hiring a defensive coordinator is another expense, probably one they would not like to take on. But being a head coach is difficult as is. The difference between being a lead assistant on a staff and being the leader of the staff is apples to oranges.

All coaches have their own personality. Hal Mumme loved to throw the football. Derek Dooley at Louisiana Tech is a defensive guy. Walker believes in defensive football and that's something I'm a fan of as well. You can still have your philosophies and implement them into your football team without being hands on.

The defense needs to get better in the upcoming years without question. Walker could do it without running the unit. Hopefully he can do a solid job wearing both hats. But it is not an easy task.


Anonymous said...

It's his team and he could do whatever he wants!
Personally, I'm glad he's running the "D." It means hes a hands on guy and wants to set his stamp and develope an attitude not seen here in quite a while!

The previous guy all he ever did was drive around on a golf cart during practice and let his HS assistants do all the work.
I don't think we have to go over the W & L records from the previous hands off guy, do we?

Anonymous said...

He is one of the best defensive coord in the nation. Of course we want him to be calling the defensive players. There are a lot of head coaches who call their own players, so there is nothing wrong with it.

Anonymous said...

What happened to coach Dunn? Did he not still have a contract until Dec. of '09?

Anonymous said...

I say let the man coach......He has put able assistants on the offensive side of the ball, and he can work his magic with the D. C.D.W. may next year turn the d of to a D.C. but this is the quickest way for him to make an impact.

Anonymous said...

If JLD will be paid next year, then your point about this decision being about money is right on target. Guess we'll find out after the 09 season, when a new DC is named or DW keeps running the defense. Frankly, I don't think it matters at NMSU. At a powerhouse BCS school, yes. But not here. I'm sure DW is fully capable of being HC and DC.
-Aggie Glare

Anonymous said...

Coach Walker is a hands on guy. That's exactly what we need.

You mean you rather have a hands off guy like Dumme running the team?
Don't you want to cover a winner for a change?

Anonymous said...

I agree to a point, although I think it might be harder to run an offense and be head coach than defense. Hopefully Walker will also have a coach in the booth to help him on the sidelines.