Dennis Erickson: 'I don't miss being a head coach at all'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday February 21, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on February 21, 2013

Dennis Erickson isn't ready to call this his last job.

The 65-year-old veteran is the new co-offensive coordinator at Utah, and it appears he's bringing some big changes with him. At an introductory press conference, Erickson was asked if this will be his last job. He's been coaching since 1969.

"What's the lifespan of a guy? I can't give you a time," Erickson said. "I don't know my timetable, period. I know I'm happy coaching here. I don't miss being a head football coach at all. I could see myself being here the rest of my career - could be three years, could be four years, could be two years.

"Probably not 10 years. I just take it a day at a time and see what I can do to help make this program successful."

The Pac-12 is full of up-tempo offenses, and Erickson says it's going to become part of the Utes' offense.

"That's what we've been talking about," he said. "We want to do it. As you look at the top 10 offenses in college football, all of them run 75-80 plays. You can't run 75-80 plays and huddle. There is a reason they get all those yards, it's because they're not huddling. There is a lot to be said for that. And in saying that, doing that is a little harder than people think. There are a lot of communication things; you have to know what you want to do.

"We've met the last couple of days, and it's been fun because we all want to do the same thing, and that's going to be one of them. We're going to no-huddle. I think eventually that's what we'll do. I think that we'll also be able to have the pace to not huddle, but be able to slow it down. Not huddling is one thing. The pace of the game is the other. There are different ways to do it.

"In the NFL, there is a lot of no-huddle but they don't do it all the time because that's how the game is played. But that's what we're planning on doing."

As for the other co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, Erickson believes the 26-year old has a bright future in coaching.

"Brian is a superstar in our business," Erickson said. "I've spent three, four days with him, and he is. You're not a player like that, and do the things he does as a competitor and not be able to transfer that to a coach. We'll spend a lot of time together. Hopefully he'll learn from me, because I know I'll learn from him. It's a two-way street. You've always got something to learn."

The Utes begin spring practice on March 19.



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