Scott Shafer puts on show in introductory news conference
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 14, 2013
So, Scott Shafer is not shy, huh?
Shafer's introductory press conference to announce his hiring at Syracuse was something to behold. Shafer talked about about his vision for the Orange and building on the foundation built by Doug Marrone, who left to take the Buffalo Bills job.
"I envision a hard-nosed team that's from a hard-nosed town," he said. "The thing I like about Syracuse is the people who live here, the people who embrace it, they're tough people. They work their ass off, and they expect a hard-nosed football team."
Shafer also laid out what he expects from his team's offense and defense. He has hired Chuck Bullough as defensive coordinator, and he wants Bullough to build an intimidating defense.
"I envision an orange crush defense that makes the opponent's families cringe when their child is about to play us," he said. "I don't think (my wife) would want me to go up there, but I thought about one of my favorite people in the business and I guarantee you Jim Harbaugh would want me to go there."
Shafer has yet to name an offensive coordinator, but he laid out what he's looking for in his offense.
"I envision an offense with a lot of juice, a lot of orange juice. I want an offense that is fast, fun and inventive," he said. "The personality (of my offensive coordinator) has to be such that he is inventive and exciting to watch. I want this team to be an offensive unit that when you come and watch them play, you better not take a bathroom break."
Shafer also issued a challenge to the Syracuse fan base.
"I envision a dome that shakes and intimidates," he said. "When we get an opponent in, we lock the doors behind them and we don't let them out."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com