It's rare at the University of Texas for the focal points of an offseason not to rest squarely on its players. The stability that comes with having the same head coach for 16 seasons will do that to a program.
This spring appears to be one of those exceptions, though, as the Longhorns prepare to embark on their first spring practice under new head coach Charlie Strong and his staff, which consists of only one holdover from the Mack Brown era (Bruce Chambers).
Because of this, LonghornDigest is going to take a closer look at each member of the staff leading up to the first day of spring practice on March 18.
On Tuesday we took a closer look at running backs coach Tommie Robinson.
Today we'll take a look at the only coach left from Brown's staff.
Dallas Carter HS, 1984-97; Running backs coach at Texas, 1998-2002; tight ends coach at Texas, 2003; assistant head coach/TEs at Texas, 2004; co-recruiting coordinator/TEs at Texas, 2005-2012; recruiting coordinator/TEs at Texas, 2013.
The Chambers Digest:
It would be naïve to measure Chambers' value to this staff based on the type of impact his tight ends have made statistically over the past five seasons. They've struggled mightily putting up even marginal numbers in reduced pass-catching rolls while being asked to block the majority of the time. When Chambers' TEs have been asked to play receiver they've often produced. They should get that chance in Texas' new offense. In addition to his coaching abilities, Chambers could also easily be regarded as the staff's most important recruiter. He mans the Dallas area and does it well having coached at Dallas Carter for 14 years prior to joining the Longhorns.
Player he will most improve:
Junior M.J. McFarland
Based on the involvement of tight ends in the passing game of Strong's offenses at Louisville, Texas' TEs are in for an increase in action. That's music to the ears of McFarland, who didn't catch a single pass in 2013 after catching eight for 125 yards and a touchdown in 2012. He has all the athletic tools to be a mismatch for linebackers around the conference if given the chance.
Recruits will love:
His straight-shooter approach to what Texas' program represents. He's seen it all on the 40 Acres from the national title and sub-par seasons, to his tight end position being a main feature of the offense to virtually non-existent the past few seasons. He can sale the program better than anyone. Plus, his long-standing relationships with coaches from the Dallas area are priceless.
Predicting coaching future:
There is no reason to believe that Chambers would leave Texas anytime soon. If he were going to you'd think he'd have done so in between Brown's resignation and Strong putting his staff together. The fact that he remained speaks to his commitment to the program, which we just don't see wavering.