Dick Harmon: Jeff Grimes breaks down BYU’s offensive staff hires as Cougars prepare for spring practice

Grimey’s men are present and accounted for.

First-time offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes has finally put all his BYU coaching pieces together and finished a recruiting class while on the run. Now it is time for the former LSU line coach to implement and finish the design of the future Cougar offense.

“I feel great about being in a position where we’ve completed our staff,” said Grimes. “It took a bit longer than I might have initially thought it would but I felt it was important to get it right. There were some people early on that we knew we would move on, but the running back position took longer. We talked to several people and interviewed a few people. AJ Steward is just right for our players.”

One thing gets weary for Grimes, however. It is a debate he hears consistently over whether these hires were his or Kalani Sitake’s guys.

“Well, we hired the staff. Kalani is the coach and ultimately he hired all of us, including me, and it included everyone in the staff,” said Grimes. “He told me early on he wanted me to feel completely comfortable with everyone on the staff. Obviously, he had prior relationships to some of those on this new staff, and some I had prior relationships.

“It was really a neat process for the two of us to come together and get a great group of guys. I’m excited about not only the quality of the guys but the chemistry, which is just what you need on a team. You can have quality players but sometimes the chemistry isn’t there. That’s the same with putting together a staff. It has a chance to trickle down to the players now.”

Six of BYU’s 10 assistants will be on offense. Here is Grime’s take on those coaches:

AJ Steward, running backs: …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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