According to Gridiron Now’s John Brice, the Tennessee Vols’ search for a new offensive coordinator could reach an end soon.
Brice tweeted that conversations took place on Sunday and that the decision is likely down to former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze or Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
It is nearing. High-level convos today. It is Freeze or Chip. Any other “candidates” were just cursory.
— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) December 2, 2018
It looks like Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt has to decide whether or not to hire someone he’s comfortable with (Lindsey) or someone who has had plenty of offensive success in the SEC (Freeze).
Freeze is considered by many to be the “home run hire”, but it’s unclear how well he’d work with Pruitt.
Would Pruitt give Freeze complete control of the offense?
While Pruitt certainly wouldn’t be calling any offensive plays, he’s still the head coach. Even though he’s a defensive minded coach, the offense is still going to mold to his philosophy. Would Freeze be on the same page as Pruitt?
Surely the two coaches could find a common ground. Freeze knows how to beat Alabama (he did it twice at Ole Miss), so his offense clearly works.
On the other hand, Lindsey and Pruitt would almost certainly work well together. Lindsey comes from an “air raid” offense background, but his time with Gus Malzahn at Auburn means he knows all about running the ball in the SEC (Pruitt wants to be a team that runs the ball and creates explosive plays).
There would be a certain level of comfort with Lindsey for Pruitt. But this might be a hire where Pruitt needs to step out of his comfort zone.
Pruitt knows a lot more about football than I do. Or virtually anyone reading these words.
I think Tennessee fans should probably trust him to make the best decision.
If it fails, then it fails. All decisions are easy in hindsight.
But I think Pruitt knows how important this hire is for his future as a head coach.
I have a feeling whichever hire Pruitt makes will be the right hire.
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