The search for a Rutgers defensive coordinator is on its six week after coach Kyle Flood's decision to fire Dave Cohen. Is a decision imminent? Which candidates are still on the table? ScarletReport.com examines the situation inside.
Spaziani is not out of the picture, but ScarletReport.com is hearing that the length of the search has led to cooling interest on both sides. Spaziani not getting the Massachusetts job has him still looking for work.
Major play-calling experience, successful while defensive coordinator with Boston College, knows how to manage a locker room
Spaziani is an older option, has been out of football since firing at Boston College, bad defenses during end of B.C. tenure
Rutgers interim defensive coordinator
BCS (or higher) Play-calling Experience:
Rossi showed subtle improvements over Cohen and his name is rising as the search continues. If Smith ends up at Arkansas, look for Rossi to remain on the radar as an option.
Knows the roster, success on special teams, popular locker room choice
Least experienced option, last in-house coordinator promotion (Cohen) did not work
Vanderlindin interviewed for the job last week, and is another name on the radar should Smith go elsewhere. Vanderlinden could be a staff target even if the defensive coordinator job goes to another candidate.
Recruits the area, former Maryland head coach, spent last 13 years in Big Ten
Adjustments to Rutgers style and roster personnel, has not been full-time coordinator in 17 years