When Arizona lost Sonny Dykes to Louisiana Tech, many Wildcats' fans were immediately worried about what direction the offense would be going without the leadership of the former UA offensive coordinator.
What has also caused fans to be concerned was the fact that Arizona hired co-coordinators to handle duties when normally just one person would handle the job. Instead of going with just one coach – possibly from outside of the program – Head Coach Mike Stoops decided that he would hire internally and went with two guys that know the system.
Making the move to hire two coaches to cover one job caused some backlash at first, but when the season begins, people will hardly notice any difference.
For one, the system stays the same. UA will still line up in a spread formation for the majority of its plays and will utilize as many weapons as possible in order to create balance. It will be a smooth transition for the players who have already established themselves in the offensive system and the offense will keep moving forward.
It may not be immediately accepted by the entire fan-base, but the reality is that a lot of fans and critics have probably over-analyzed the entire situation. One coach will call the plays and each will handle their own portion of the offense. Very little has changed and because of that, there should be zero drop-off in production in the 2010 season.
The coaching staff and players have all worked in this offense for some time now, so to think that the team will all of the sudden take a giant step backwards is a bit irrational. At the end of the day, this has always been Mike Stoops' team and it will continue to be that way. He has built his team to his liking and has been able to build it into a contender in the process.
With two young coaches leading the offense, there could be some hiccups as the season progresses, but no one should expect anything to change drastically. The only loss was a quarterback recruit who may have been told a fib or two by the team that ultimately landed him, but when it was all said and done, Dykes' assistants didn't end up at La. Tech with him and the Wildcats were able to retain their system.
Now, of course, Arizona could struggle with two coaches that were mere position coaches just a season to go. Both Seth Littrell and Bill Bedenbaugh are taking on more responsibility than they are used to, but both are highly regarded by both their peers and the players they coach.
Anything could happen, but my money is on the offense actually improving this season even with the loss of Dykes.
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