Just What Does A Football Analyst Do?

Life was getting closer to being back to normal inside the West End Zone and the Oklahoma State football offices today. There was some hustle and bustle up and down the hallway of the coach's offices and there are now name plates with titles up on the doors of all the offices.

Yes, the signs next to the doors of the offices for new offensive line coach Greg Adkins, tight ends coach Jason McEndoo, and running backs coach Marcus Arroyo were up where they were empty last week. Well, not the running backs as Arroyo went up as Singleton went down. That one was a quick change.

This week will be one of constant and steady introductions and preparation as spring football begins for the Cowboys next Monday.

One new coach that I did not see an office for and it may be because I didn't look all over is new football analyst Darrell Wyatt. Wyatt reportedly has arrived and the word was that new defensive analyst and former Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Clay will come in toward the end of spring break and pick up with the staff when they come back from the break.

Wyatt and Clay are both coaching veterans. Wyatt was also with Oklahoma State as the passing game coordinator and receivers coach for head coach Les Miles and then offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Mike Gundy. Wyatt and Gundy had worked together on Chuck Reedy's staff at Baylor.

Wyatt has been at Oklahoma, Kansas, Southern Miss, Arizona, Minnesota Vikings, and most recently co-offensive coordinator at Texas under Mack Brown. He is a really good football mind and an excellent recruiter, especially in his home state of Texas.

I did speak with Wyatt on Saturday briefly, and while he voiced that he was really excited to coach with his friend Mike Gundy and help out the Cowboys program, he also said he is learning just what a football analyst will do.

"I'm not sure exactly what Bill and I will be doing," Wyatt said. "I know it will be football related and I'm always excited to be a part of that."

That can be vouched for as Wyatt is one of those guys that will watch tape in his free time and loves to analyze what teams are doing and why it works or why it doesn't. That right there may answer the question.

We know that Alabama head coach Nick Saban has eight listed football analysts in his program with the Crimson Tide and they appear to be a blend of some experienced coaches and some younger coaches that are more entry level. The Tuscaloosa News did an extensive story on the Alabama football support staff in 2013 and just what all of the personnel did. One of the analysts at the time Russ Callaway made it sound like it was more video breakdown. This description came from game day.

"As soon as the game was done, we'd sprint over to the office and type everything in so all the coaches can get started on grading the film," Callaway said. "By the time they had watched the film at 2 p.m. on Sunday, we had the next opponent fully broken down so there was no wait time as far as getting them the breakdown books or reports that we always do."

That might be more like what graduate assistants would do, but I think Gundy has more analytical tasks planned for Wyatt and Clay. One Oklahoma State current staff member said he thought that those two veteran coaches would represent an advanced set of eyes on an opponent that would help allow the on-the-field staff to be more fresh and not pull so many late nights.

"It's very common in the SEC and, as you know, the SEC is the richest conference in our country and they have more money," Gundy said of the analysts role and the idea to add them to the Cowboys staff. "Alabama has had a number of these guys for years and they continue to grow. Other schools have them and are taking advantage of a loop hole that allows coaches to come in and be a part of your organization and add their experience and knowledge of the game. It is another set of eyes in a lot of the things that we do here."

It would appear from his comments that Gundy has been eyeballing what they do in the SEC and that this was an idea he was waiting to advance. When there were so many coaches to hire to his staff after this recruiting season he thought now was the time and athletic director Mike Holder was on board. Gundy again credits the SEC as being the brain child.

"They have been ahead of the game and part of that is the importance of football and part of it is they have an open checkbook down there," he continued. "I'm not sure that anybody in this league has hired guys like Darrell and Bill like we have but it is certainly and advantage for us. It is going to grow and in two or three years you will see schools in this part of the country will have two, three, four, or five guys doing this.

"Essentially what you do is you break it up and it is less work for your staff when they are working 16-hour days and you are in the eighth, ninth, 10th week of the season and you don't function mentally, physically as well as a coach you have someone there that can help you with ideas, help push you over the top and win a game at a key point in the season," Gundy said.

The term is the "more the merrier" and Oklahoma State fans won't mind that at all if the wins keep coming right along with the new coaches and analysts.

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