Karl Dorrell has worked quickly to fill out the rest of the Colorado Buffaloes’ coaches. After reportedly hiring two old guards in Chris Wilson and Demetrice Martin and hiring a young gun with a familiar name in Taylor Embree, he turned his attention to the two most important coaches on the offensive staff not named Darrin Chiaverini. Dorrell has reportedly hired Mitch Rodrigue and Danny Langsdorft as his offensive line and quarterback coaches.
Mitch Rodrigue is an out-of-left-field hire. He was most recently in the college ranks while coaching with Jay Johnson at Louisiana, where he was run game coordinator and offensive line coach for five years. For the last two years, he has been coaching high school while selling his blocking system (equipment? tool? I don’t know how to classify it), known as The Rod. It’s a wild hire. Rodrigue has been regarded as a good recruiter at the Group of 5 level, but he has never been a P5 coach, so this is a leap of faith for Dorrell.
On the opposite end of that spectrum is Danny Langsdorf, who has almost nothing but Power 5 coaching experience. Langsdorf is a Mike Riley guy. He was the tight end coach at Oregon State for two years while they transitioned from the wishbone to a pro-style offense, and he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2005 - 2013. He developed Matt Moore and Sean Mannion into high-level Pac-12 (or Pac-10) quarterbacks, and then was banished to the shadow realm of Nebraska with Mike Riley after he took the job. That understandably did not work out as well, though he did work with two very different quarterbacks in Tommy Armstrong and Tanner Lee. He’s experienced and should be a nice voice in the meeting room. Langsdorf and Rodrigue should both help Chiaverini structure his offense as he gets his second shot at offensive coordinator.
There’s only one spot left, who’ll be the last coach?