The revolving door at offensive coordinator for Rutgers looks to be revolving once again. Reports indicate that Ralph Friedgen, the 67 year-old play-caller will step down due to health reasons. Kristian Dyer of Metro New York was first to report this story.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rutgers' yards per play ranks under Kyle Flood: 93rd 90th 42nd Ralph Friedgen's departure is troublesome.</p>— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/zach_barnett/status/564942693839564801">February 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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According to the article, Friedgen's retirement teleconference could also be an announcement for Flood's new offensive coordinator. This would be a quick turnaround relative to last year's search that spanned several weeks. Multiple articles indicate current wide receivers coach Ben McDaniels could serve as the new coordinator. McDaniels was an offensive assistant under Greg Schiano at Tampa Bay.
This initially looks like a big blow to Rutgers' chances of riding a strong finish to the 2014 season. Gary Nova enjoyed his greatest season as a Knight, and the offense was fairly balanced between the run and pass. The best scenario for next season was Fridge coming back to tutor talented four-star QBs Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano. Now, RU will have a new QB, a new offensive coordinator, and three new starters on the offensive line.
Stay tuned to On the Banks for more reaction from Fridge's supposed retirement.