Brown Embraces Role

Corwin Brown still has the title of co-defensive coordinator, but he will not call plays this year and that is fine by him. Brown's new title of Associate Head Coach is giving him a chance to learn what it is like to be the guy in charge, but right now he is only worried about winning.

Corwin Brown's new role as Associate Head Coach has given him some insight as to what the job of head coach actually entails.

"It's a whole lot," Brown laughed.

Brown did retain the title of co-defensive coordinator, but defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta will handle the defensive play calls on game days.

When Weis announced the move, he referred to Brown as his Second-in-Command, and said that he would need Brown to have a larger role with the team with the head coach calling offensive plays.

"There will be times when I need input from him on some matters as it relates to the defense overall and special teams because I will be spending the majority of my time during the season with the offense," Weis said at the time.

Weis has benefited from having Brown closer to him.

"It has helped me tremendously first of all because we sit down, I don't know how many times a week but [Monday] was one of them. We sat down and talked about bigger issues than just the X's and O's," said Weis.

"[Monday's] conversation was about captains and leadership committee. So instead of having to talk to everyone about it, I say, ‘How do you see this? How do you see that the team sees this? How does the coaching staff see it?'"

Brown is a liaison of sorts between Weis and the rest of the coaching staff, especially the three new assistants.

"There's been once or twice when I have said something in a meeting and he goes, ‘The next time you go in a meeting, you'll want to make sure you clarify what you are saying.' Whereas I would just have figured everybody understood exactly what I was saying," said Weis.

"He's looking at it and saying, ‘You might want to come back the next time and explain to them exactly what you mean.' He knows what I mean but they may not know what I mean. That's happened more than once."

Brown said that Weis is such a forward thinker that it can be difficult to pick up on everything that he is talking about right away.

"Charlie's a smart dude," Brown said. "There are times when he's thinking so far ahead and he's boom, boom, boom and sometimes we've got to clean things up."

Brown said that his new role is one that should help the team improve.

"I think I'm helping the team a lot because I'm a really good listener and I've got no ego," he said. "I've got no problems helping everybody try to explain what we can do better or what we need to do better and certainly I've never been one to think that I can't be fixed, which I've learned a lot. I'm just trying to help however I can."

While coordinating the defense will be a collaborative effort, just as it was last year, Brown and Tenuta have switched responsibilities.

"We've totally flipped roles. I've got no problem with that just like he had no problem with that last year," Brown said. "There are things that I like to do that he necessarily didn't do the same way. So we put the two together and we say, ‘Man, that is a pretty good idea,' or, ‘This does work.'"

Just as Brown is learning from the head coach, he is also taking the opportunity to learn from Tenuta.

"It's helping me," said Brown. "I'm getting to watch JT, he's done it for over 25 years so it's good for me to be able to sit back and watch him."

And Brown understands that his role is different this year and he is not going to overstep his boundaries.

"You can only have so many chiefs, you do need some Indians," he said. "I know one thing, I'm a pretty good Indian. I would like to think that I could be a pretty good chief."

But while Brown may be adding to his résumé as a future head coaching candidate, that is not what drives him now.

"Honestly, I don't even think about that," he said. "I'm trying to beat Nevada, I'm trying to see if we can run the table and win a whole bunch of games. If we do real well, at the end of the day, that's what I want. Twenty years from now, nobody will remember who called plays, nobody will remember who the Associate Head Coach was, all they'll remember is that either we won or we didn't."


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