The Texas head coaching job is probably the best overall in the nation. That’s why Texas’ hiring of Charlie Strong was quite underwhelming. Strong, is a really good coach and deserved a shot at a big job, but this one may be a bit too big for him. While, converting only 8 first downs, and gaining only 163 yards of total offense is a reason for a lot of concern. It’s not necessarily time to panic. Especially, since it came against a really good Notre Dame team. But, that’s exactly what Strong did in stripping Shawn Watson of play-calling duties. This tactic is nothing new to Strong. In 2011, while at Louisville, Strong switched to Watson in hopes of spicing up the Cardinals offense after sluggish start to that season. That move worked with Teddy Bridgewater. We’ll have to see how Texas QB, Tyrone Swoopes fares with this latest move.
As embarrassing as the Longhorns have been lately (outscored 117-20 in last 3 games dating back to last season), you just have to wonder if Strong pulled the trigger too quick. The Irish are talented and experienced defensively with 10 returning starters. This seems like a move that should have taken place after the season, or at least a few games. It could cause more confusion and puts more pressure on Swoopes and new offensive play-caller, Jay Norvell.
It also doesn’t look good, in that Texas probably should have targeted Notre Dame coach, Brian Kelly when Strong was hired. Kelly, would have listened then and he’d probably listen now.