The biggest question at first about new Head Coach Matt Rhule's hire at Baylor was his ability to build a staff to help with his lack of "Texas Ties". After the hire of three key Texas High School Football coaches in David Wetzel, Shawn Bell and Joey McGuire to still to be determined positions that question was answered. With Phil Snow leading the entire defensive staff at Temple to Waco, the only question left was in regards to the offensive staff.
Those answers might be starting to take shape as Footballscoop.com has reported that Baylor is expected to hire Temple offensive line coach George DeLeone and San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Jeff Nixon. Those are the first two building blocks of the offensive staff. Our sources have also confirmed this.
DeLeone is a 45+ year coaching veteran, building an impressive resume at both the college and NFL ranks. Most recently, he was the offensive line coach and running game coordinator for Matt Rhule at Temple in 2016. He was also the offensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007 for Temple. With stops in the NFL at Cleveland, Miami, and San Diego along with collegiate stops at Ole Miss, Syracuse and UConn, DeLeone has a wealth of experience as an offensive line coach, which is his expected position at Baylor.
Nixon is a longtime NFL coach, and former teammate of Matt Rhule's at Penn State. He has 10-years of coaching experience in the NFL, most recently spending the last year with Chip Kelly in San Francisco as his tight ends coach. Before that, Nixon spent 5-years with the Miami Dolphins coaching running backs.
Prior to his jump to the NFL, Nixon coached under DeLeone at Temple in 2006 (and alongside Rhule), coaching running backs for 1-year with stops at Penn State, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Shippensburg University.
Nixon is expected to be named co-offensive coordinator, though it is unknown at this moment if he will be the primary play-caller.
The only negative to beginning the building of his staff with three high profile high school coaches was the lack of experience at the collegiate level. Both Nixon and DeLeone bring a wealth of coaching knowledge to Baylor. With these hires, it is becoming clear that more of a professional style offense will be featured in Waco. The Bears are planning an offense that meshes the spread concepts that have taken over the college game (and Texas high school football) with more professional style concepts, route trees and blocking schemes.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story as BearsIllustrated.com covers everything on and off the field of Baylor athletics.