The Tennessee Vols officially announced on Wednesday that tight ends coach Brian Niedermeyer is moving to the defensive side of the ball to coach inside linebackers in 2020.
Joe Osovet, who was serving in an off-the-field role, was promoted to tight ends coach.
If you’re concerned about Niedermeyer moving from the offensive side of the ball to an important role on the defensive side of the ball, don’t be.
Niedermeyer said on Wednesday evening that moving to defense is “like coming home”.
Brian Niedermeyer on shifting to coaching defense: “For me, it’s a little like coming home.”
— David Ubben (@davidubben) February 6, 2020
When discussing the coaching move on Wednesday, Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt pointed out that Niedermeyer got his start on the defensive side of the ball (under Pruitt at Georgia and Alabama).
Pruitt on Brian Niedermeyer moving to linebackers pic.twitter.com/CZrSTt9uDa
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) February 5, 2020
Pruitt also said that the move would be great for Niedermeyer’s development as a coach (proving that Pruitt is about more than just winning games, he’s about developing players/coaches).
Pruitt on Niedermeyer moving to ILB coach: I’ve said he can coach any position. Good for his development as a coach.
— Volquest Staff (@Volquest_Rivals) February 5, 2020
At this point, I think nearly every Vol fan has plenty of trust in Pruitt’s coaching staff decisions.
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