He’s no Todd Monken.

Last season, Iowa finished 120th nationally in offensive yards per playBrian Ferentz, the son of head coach Kirk Ferentz, is the offensive coordinator.

“If you have two first-round tight ends, shoot, if you’re the offensive coordinator they want to fire you no matter what anyways,” Ferentz told the Banner-Herald. “If you don’t put your two best players on the field at the same time, they definitely want to fire you. Shoot, my mom could look out at our roster in 2018 and know that our two best players offensively were those two tight ends.”

“The real trick is not getting them on the field at the same time, that’s easy,” said Ferentz, who coached the tight ends from 2018-2021 and is entering his sixth season as Iowa’s OC. “There are a lot of offenses out there that live in a two-tight end set the majority of the time. It’s a little bit less common now. …The real trick becomes how do you ensure those guys are the ones getting the ball? That’s no easy feat.”

It’s hard to believe they weren’t more productive.


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22 responses to “He’s no Todd Monken.

  1. I know it works sometimes, but the whole having the son on the coaching staff seems to be a really bad idea. You can’t let him go without creating drama at home with Mama or at the Christmas dinner table with the son and his wife. Especially having a son as a coordinator seems to be a really bad idea.

    Of course, Kirk Ferentz is probably the most secure in his position head coach in the game for his resume.

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  2. timberridgedawg

    The material writes itself.


  3. Castleberry

    Just give me that reverse to Bowers – every damn play.

    Some variations where that’s a reverse pass and he has choices to throw to Washington, Gilbert, or Delp. Even better.


  4. cowetadawg



  5. biggusrickus

    In fairness, their offenses haven’t been any worse under Ferentz the Younger than they were before he got the job. They haven’t even cracked the top 30 by FPI since 2009, and they’ve typically been between 50 and 80. They have two particularly bad spikes in 2012 and last year where they ended up ranked in the 90s. Those happen to also be the two worst QBing years they’ve had.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    We armchair OC’s have always known the secret to great offenses are the TEs. Amirite?


  7. I have always wondered…

    Are public university athletic programs not subject to the same nepotism rules as other state agencies/organizations?


  8. D.N. Nation

    Mediocre, arrogant daddy’s boy. So many of ’em in football. Cough, Schottenheimer, cough.


  9. Nepotism is a cancer not easily killed.


  10. The Decider

    That guy says shoot a lot.

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  11. Nil Butron is a Pud

    Nepotism ain’t all bad. I mean, Grampa Freshwater’s boy has done good..


    • Down Island Way

      If you’re speaking of Joey, speak again…that guy’s resume is nothing but peaks and valleys with an occasional rehab stint…