Texas A&M Football Continues Filling Out Support Staff with Experienced SEC Coaches
Texas A&M football and Mike Elko are continuing to bring in their supporting cast in the coaching ranks, with the latest addition being former Vanderbilt and Colorado State OC Joey Lynch. With the on-field coaching positions full, Lynch will be taking a senior offensive analyst job, supporting OC Collin Klein and the rest of the offensive coaches in more of a background role.
Lynch brings several connections to both the current and previous Texas A&M football staff. He was the OC under Steve Addazio at CSU, which is likely unwelcome news to the ears of the Maroon and White faithful.
Before that, though, he was the OC at Ball State, where the current TE and ST coach for the Aggies, Patrick Dougherty, was serving in the same role. Finally, he was the OC under Clark Lea at Vanderbilt, who was Mike Elko's protege when the two were at Notre Dame, with Lea eventually taking up Elko's mantle once the latter left for College Station.
So, why does this move the needle? It's not like Vanderbilt or Colorado State have been known for top-line offensive production over the last few seasons. If anything, it's been the opposite. Does that mean this is a bad hire?
The short answer is no. This is a similar role to which Jimbo Fisher hired former Arkansas, Pitt, UGA, and Tennessee OC Jim Chaney over this past offseason. At none of those previous stops was Chaney very successful at all; in fact, he more often than not was a punching bag for a frustrated fanbase.
I realize that appealing to the fact that Jimbo Fisher made a particular hire doesn't carry a lot of weight with the fanbase right now, but bringing Chaney on was actually a savvy move for the now-departed head man. Since Chaney has OC experience, and specifically OC experience within the conference, he knows exactly what type of things to look for when scouting an upcoming opponent that will best help the current OC gameplan when the time comes.
In other words, this is about organizational efficiency. When serving in a certain role long enough, you are well-acquainted with what is needed for that role to be successful, more intimately so than someone who hasn't been in that role. Lynch brings specific experience to College Station that will be valuable as he assists the offensive staff. It may seem insignificant, but in reality this is another great personnel move by Mike Elko and the Texas A&M football coaching staff.