After Thursday’s report by NJ Advance Media’s Ryan Dunleavy that Rutgers was hiring John McNulty as offensive coordinator, which would be his second stint in that role with the program, there has been plenty of reaction since. You can find our take on the potential hire here. In our poll asking readers what they thought, 83% of over 600 voters like the hire. This doesn’t mean McNulty is a home run hire either and we’ve had fair points made in the comment section of our article that highlight some legitimate questions about the future of the offense.
Another take on McNulty coming back to Rutgers was made last night on the Big Ten Network by analyst J Leman. He played against the 2006 Rutgers team when McNulty was wide receivers coach and Leman was an All-American linebacker at Illinois. Leman said “I like the hire” and recalled McNulty’s involvement in the “offensive golden era” for Rutgers football.
Leman discussed was about who McNulty will choose as starting quarterback, only mentioning Johnathan Lewis and Artur Sitkowski, without discussing the chances of Gio Rescigno, Jalen Chatman, and Tom Flacco.
He also mentioned the importance of ball control in McNulty’s offense, as well as what should expectations be for next season. Leman pointed out that Rutgers has five teams on the 2018 schedule that won ten games last season. He does feel that the program is moving in the right direction, a bowl game next season is possible and that continuity on offense is key to future success.
Here is the complete interview with BTN’s Michelle McMahon and Leman.