Tracy Claeys has quite the resume. He’s been nominated three times for the Broyles Award, twice while at Minnesota and once while at Washington State. His 2016 defense ranked 13th in both S&P+ and FEI. He got the job at Washington State after beating the Cougars in a bowl where he held a Mike Leach offense to 12 points despite missing several starters in the secondary. In the offense-heavy Pac-12, his 2018 squad forced lots of turnovers and made plenty of tackles behind the line.
At Minnesota he ran a 4-3 with lots of Cover-1 and Cover-4 behind it, and at Wazzu he branched into 3-4 and 2-4 looks. Honestly though, in a move to linebackers coach that doesn’t mean a whole heckuva lot. The reads are different from the 4-3 to the 4-2, but if you’re a Broyles nominee, it should be a cakewalk. His job experience is deep and narrow. Until just now, he’s been a collegiate DC or head coach every year since 1999. I don’t see where he’s personally coached any position since 1998, and that was defensive line. Every day he spent as a collegiate coach was under Jerry Kill, up until the point Kill retired and Claeys went to Washington...
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