CORAL GOBLES – It was 2020,: it was time for intervention. It’s time for Charlie Strong to visit Nick Saban’s Alabama half-house coaching home.
Strong was not your typical candidate, who was registered as the head coach with a result of 74-53. A decade that included leading Louisville to 23 wins, two top 15 wins in its last two years, three to 500 seasons in Texas, and three years in South Florida, where he was 21-16 years old.
The rising star of the coaching staff suddenly becomes a defensive analyst on the couch in Tuscaloosa, where he was in the office with another coach who wanted to resume his career, Mike Stups.
“Your role was to learn, reaffirm, listen, advise,” he said.
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After spending a year watching college football at its best, Strong reaffirmed that a man whose coaching career begins in his fourth decade still has an idea of what it takes to develop and teach young men to play football.
Charlie Strong was not ready to make the final plan of his game.
And Mario Cristobal rushed to double down on that Epiphany.
“After being the head coach, you go to such a place, you see how successful coach Saban is, it kind of opened my eyes because I was doing the same things,” said Strong. “I just did not get the results he got.”
Strong, 61, then recalled something his friend had once said to him.
Do you never think that you have not been a good head coach? Everything did not work out for you the way others did. But if you look at what you did, nothing (to be ashamed of).
Strong’s 40 years include three head coaching stops, plus one game as interim Florida head coach after losing to Pitch Bowl in 2004 after the ouster of Ron Zook. Strong has held four different positions in Florida for a total of 15 years.
The strength of the Arkansas native is defense, where Cristobal believes he can help as UM’s defensive coordinator – linebacker coach.
Strong has coached all defensive positions except the secondary, and has been in Florida DC for five years. Last season, he was the assistant to the head coach of “Jacksonville Jaguars” “among the defenders”.
“She is invaluable,” Cristobal said last week. “His ability to communicate, to establish relationships. He’s just a great teacher և connecting … And he keeps the boys up to high standards. He did it as a head coach, as a coordinator. “
He is now part of the top staff that Cristobal has put together (“It’s a bit surreal to have guys like that in our staff,” says Cristobal). “Miami is doing everything, especially financially, to end nearly two decades. mediocrity. . Strong is comfortable in his role; he does not see this work as a way to get back on track.
“When you know that’s what I’ve accepted, և this is what I’m going to do, it’s a job,” he said. “And you just go and do your job. I do not have an ego, it is not the case that I walk, enter and say. “I have to be a leader.”
“I know my role, I accepted that role. So now you have the opportunity to help someone else … I’m the person he can count on if he comes to me և I can help him. ”
Strong was hired after longtime respected defensive coach Qin Steele joined the staff, giving Miami two powerful coordinators. Manny Diaz held that position last year, along with being the head coach, և the results were disappointing. While the allowed yards (389.6) improved by about 19 per game, Miami dropped from 67th in the national team to 75th last year in 2020.
Players are now talking about more demanding practices that are more physical, պահ keeping players to a higher standard when it comes to accountability. Some of them will be tested on Saturday afternoon as Miami completes its spring practice with its Spring Game at Fort Lauderdale.
“Everything he says, our ears are open,” said defender Corey Flagg Jr. about Strong. “We have all been called. He stays in our ear about going to class, just being the same guy on and off the field.
This article originally appeared in the Palm Beach Post. Charlie Strong of Miami has found a promising region under the leadership of Nick Saban