Coach Looking For A Good Fit to Replace Gibbs

Coach Tommy Tuberville comments on his search for a new defensive coordinator.

Auburn, Ala.--With David Gibbs announcing on Thursday night he will take a spot on the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff, Tommy Tuberville says he hopes to get a new defensive coordinator on board as soon as possible.

"I have a wish list," the head coach told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Obviously, like Christmas, you are not going to get everything you wish for. There are some guys who I think will fit in here and we will look at two or three and try to get a new defensive coordinator in here as soon as we can."

Tuberville would not comment on specific candidates, but did say what he is looking for in the person who will be his fourth defensive coordinator as he heads into his eighth season at Auburn.

"First, we want somebody who will fit in with the staff," he says. "That is the most important thing that I deal with here. You are going to have opinions, but egos stay out the door. If you have those kind of problems it is not going to work. I don't care what type of football coach you are."

Gibbs spent one season with the Tigers handling the defensive coordinator and secondary duties. A year earlier Tuberville lost Gene Chizik to the University of Texas.

With spring practice starting on Feb. 18th, Tuberville said it will be a high priority to get a new defensive coordinator hired and up to speed before practice starts. However, he did not give a specific time frame for when he expected to name a replacement for Gibbs, who had a previous NFL coaching run with the Denver Broncos.

With Gibbs giving Tuberville notice last week that he was considering a return to the NFL, the head coach said that gave him a head start on looking for candidates if Gibbs left for the pros.

Gibbs, the son of former Auburn University and NFL offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, began his coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma after playing defensive back for the University of Colorado.

He grew up around Auburn football and graduated from Auburn High School. He coached in 1993-94 as a graduate assistant at Colorado and was hired in 1995 to coach defensive backs at Kansas.

Gibbs got his first defensive coordinator job in 1997 at the University of Minnesota, where he spent four seasons. He joined the NFL's Denver Broncos in 2001 and was on the staff there as a secondary coach prior to coming to Auburn.

The Tigers posted a 9-3 record this past season and finished in a tie in the SEC West.

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