Kirk Ferentz defends his staff: 'It's not like we've got a bunch of dumbbells'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday November 29, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 29, 2012

There was no dancing around the issue.

The first question at Kirk Ferentz's press conference was about whether or not offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Greg Davis would return for 2013, to which Ferentz said he would.

"Wow, the firing line, huh? I think Greg's an excellent football coach," Ferentz said. "He's a tremendous professional and a tremendous person.  So I've got every bit of confidence that Greg will be in. Not only getting into tenures or job security and all that stuff. That's not what we're here for. But Greg's a tremendous football coach.

"We wouldn't have brought him here 10 months ago or however many if we didn't feel that way. I feel stronger about the kind of coaching person he is now after working with him."

The Hawkeyes went 4-8 this year, Ferentz's worst season since 2000 - which was his second year at Iowa. It's just the second time since then the Hawkeyes aren't going to a bowl. While Ferentz said Davis would be back, he did say he would be open to other tweaks on the staff.

"Yeah, we're 4‑8 right now, so I think we have to be open to everything: Be it staff, players, where guys lineup, all those types of things," Ferentz said. "It's not something typically you make a rash decision on. It's things that you have to look at, and I think you have to look at how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. We've got good people on our staff, good coaches.

"The majority of these guys were here in '08 and '09 (when we won 20 games). It's not like we've got a bunch of dumbbells here. They did a good job of carrying me during that period, so hopefully we can get back to that point. We have good people here."


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