New Offensive Coordinator: Rich Olson Q&A

Rich Olson was named Miami's offensive coordinator/running backs coach in a press conference yesterday. Olson took time to discuss his thoughts on the plans for the team.

RICH OLSON OPENING STATEMENT

"I just wanted to say how excited I am to be here. I was here from 1992-94 and it was a great experience. Larry gave me the opportunity to come back and I couldn't be any more excited about it."

"I spent a lot of time in a lot of different places. I spent time in Michigan and you hear about UM. I look at them and shake my head. Then I'm in Minnesota and I hear about UM. I look at them and I roll my eyes. I finally had to explain to them, there is only one UM and that is the University of Miami. That is why I am so glad to be back."

"As far as calling plays. If it is a bad play, I called it. if it is a good play, coach Coker called it."

RICH OLSON Q&A

Have you assessed the talent here?

"Just a little bit from talking to people. you know what, it is the Univeristy of Miami, there are football players here. And they are young. We just have to do a good job of putting it together. We are going to take it one step at a time. We are not going to give them a lot to start spring practice with. We are going to find out what we do and once we get doing it, if it isn't what we do best, we'll change it. There is more than one way to skin a cat. I don't have all the answers, I promise you, but we'll find the right answers."

Do you plan on using the same playbook for the spring?

"We are talking about it. We are starting to go through the playbook and look at some of the things they have. If there is a better way to do it then we will transition."

Do you expect to change a lot of the terminology that was used in previous years?

"With the players sake, I think if there are some things we can keep for them it is an easier transition. At the same time if there is something that we all believe will help us in terms of terminology then we are going to change it. With Mario Cristobal in position to be the offensive line coach he may like a certain way to change offensive line calls. And it has to be comfortable for him to be able to communicate to his players and we cant have him trying to do something he is not comfortable with. And the same thing with me. When I am calling plays I want to be able to do it in the way that I have done it before."

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS RETURNING (2005 stats)

QB Kyle Wright, Jr., (2,403 yards, 18 TD, 10 INT)

RB Tyrone Moss, Sr., (701 yards, 12 TD)

RB Charlie Jones, Jr., (507 yards, 5 TD)

WR Ryan Moore, Sr., (28 catches, 464 yards, 4 TD)

WR Darnell Jenkins, Sr., (25 catches, 242 yards, 2 TD)

WR Lance Leggett, Jr., (15 catches, 204 yards, 2 TD)

TE Greg Olsen, Jr., (31 catches, 451 yards, 4 TD)

OL Anthony Wollschlager, Sr., (lone returning OL starter)

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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