Kyle Flood rounded out his coaching staff earlier last week when he hired former Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel and Ben McDaniels, who most recently coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At 28 years old and 33 years old, respectively, Teel and McDaniels bring the sort of young enthusiasm that college players can relate to. Let's take a look at the tale of the tape for each assistant:
Hometown: Barberton, Ohio
Alma mater: Kent State University
Will coach: Wide Receivers
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Offensive assistant||2012-2013|
|Denver Broncos||Quarterbacks/offensive assistant||2010 (QBs), 2009 (OA)|
|Jackson High School (Massilon, OH)||Quarterbacks||2008|
|Canton McKinley High School (Canton, OH)||Quarterbacks||2006-2007|
|Warren G. Harding High School (Warren, OH)||Wide receivers||2003|
Hometown: Oakland, NJ
Alma mater: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Will be: Graduate assistant
|Wagner College (FCS)||Quarterbacks||2012|
|Kean University (D-III)||Quarterbacks||2011|
Mike Teel shouldn't need any introduction to Rutgers fans, as he is very well-known on the banks. As the school's all-time leading passer in yards and touchdowns, and as the signal-caller for the magical 2006 squad, Teel is a figure that is sure to be forever known in Scarlet lore. While his resume is relatively short, he does have some highlights. In his one and only season at Kean, he helped QB Tom D'Ambrisi have a career year as a senior, a season that ended with the school's first NCAA tournament bid.
Teel's career at Rutgers draws many parallels with Gary Nova. Both were undefeated as high school quarterbacks at Don Bosco Prep, both had plenty of talent to be starting for Rutgers, and both were wildly inconsistent (Nova more so). Based on his history, if anyone can get Nova on the right track, it should be Teel.
You also can't discount his loyalty. Those who played with Teel say that Scarlet runs deep in his veins, and he wants nothing more than to see his alma mater succeed on the gridiron. It's easy to get excited when a former player comes back wanting to establish himself as a coach who can bring glory to his old stomping grounds, and there are countless examples of that possibility being too good to be true. However, his devotion is an intangible that can't be ignored, and it feels better to give the position to someone who will treat it like his dream job rather than someone who treats it like a stepping stone.
A Solid Offensive Staff
Ben McDaniels and Mike Teel round out an offensive staff led by Ralph Friedgen, a coach whose experience speaks for itself. Defense will always be what defines Rutgers, 2013 notwithstanding. However, it's nice to get excited about the possibility of a capable offense that legitimately scares opposing defensive coordinators. For years, Rutgers would rely on the defense to make up for the lack of offense. For the first time in quite awhile, offense might be a positive in Piscataway.