It doesn’t sound like Kirk Herbstreit is too fond of some of the comments surrounding the hires of Dan Enos and Josh Gattis.
That duo, along with Mike Locksley, worked on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff in 2018. Locksley was the offensive coordinator, Gattis was the co-OC and wide receivers coach, and Enos was the quarterback coach.
Following 2018, each member of that trio is embarking on a new job at a different school. Locksley is taking over as head coach at Maryland while Enos and Gattis both accepted offensive coordinator jobs. Enos is now at Miami while Gattis is with Michigan.
The hirings of those three have received various levels of praise from across the college football world. In particular, there is an increased level of optimism at Michigan and Miami with the new coordinators. However, Herbstreit believes the praise for those two is essentially disrespectful and overlooks what Locksley did with the Crimson Tide.
Jordan James with Inside the U shared Herbstreit’s comments from the latest episode of The College Football Podcast:
“I almost take more away from what he did at Arkansas than what he did at Alabama,” Herbstreit said about Enos on the latest episode of The College Football Podcast. “I think it’s been misguided over the summer with (new Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis) and Dan Enos at Miami as if they were the offensive coordinator and they were the guys that kind of produced the Alabama offense with (quarterback Tua Tagovailoa). I’m probably close as anybody to this Alabama team…
“I really feel people are disrespecting Mike Locksley by trying to celebrate Dan Enos, and trying to celebrate Gattis, I think they’re really taking away from what Mike Locksley did. And he was the guy that was really pushing the buttons, so I think they were part of it but it’d be no different than hiring a position coach at some other school. So these guys were not calling plays.”
Herbstreit went on to clarify that he does think Enos and Gattis are both talented coaches that can be successful. However, his caution to fans is to not heap too many expectations on the new hires based off of what Alabama’s offense did under Locksley’s leadership.
You can check out all of Herbstreit’s comments at Inside the U.