Paul Chryst comments on addition of Bobby Engram as Wisconsin OC
Bobby Engram was officially introduced as Wisconsin’s new offensive coordinator on Monday by head coach Paul Chryst.
Engram joins the Wisconsin staff after 8 seasons as a Baltimore Ravens position coach. Engram spent 2 seasons as wide receivers coach on Chryst’s staff at the University of Pittsburgh from 2012-to-2013. Chryst is excited to be working with Engram again.
“I’m really excited for our players and for our program,” Chryst said in a school release. “Bobby is a great person who has tremendous knowledge of the game. I’ve seen first-hand the impact he can have on players and there’s no doubt in my mind that he will help our program both on and off the field. He knows this place and is aligned with our culture, and I think that’s important. With his experience, he brings a fresh perspective that will help our program moving forward.”
Engram shared excitement for his first opportunity as an offensive coordinator.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to join a proven program, a consistently successful program, one that I’ve admired for a long time,” Engram said via the school. “The tradition at Wisconsin is a big deal to me. Being able to join a special program, impact our young men and contribute to winning championships is why I’m here.”
“Becoming an offensive coordinator is a big step, but it’s all about this being a good fit,” he added. “I believe in Wisconsin and our philosophies are the same — I appreciate the way this program runs the ball, I love the way they play defense — and my focus will be on doing everything I can to elevate the offense and help our team win games.”
Engram further offered fans some insight into his offensive philosophy for the Badgers.
“Running the football well is important, using the play-action pass, being multiple and doing a lot of different things offensively, but doing them well,” Engram said in the release. “For me, it’s bringing a fresh look and my own sense of creativity to what’s already been proven successful here. I’ve been fortunate to be around some great coaches and players in the NFL, and I want to bring the best of what I’ve learned to the Badgers.”
He shared more on what he hopes from Wisconsin on offense.
“My approach is to have a team that plays hard and physical and is fundamentally sound in everything we’re doing. I think that aligns perfectly with what Paul and this coaching staff are all about,” Engram said. “I’m a big guy on technique. I love individual drills in practice. Being able to have an impact on young men this age — as they grow both on and off the field — is important to me and a huge reason why I’m excited for this opportunity.”
Engram gets to coach his son Dean, who is heading into his junior season. The announcement revealed that Dean is switching from cornerback to wide receiver.
“It’s going to be special, especially having this opportunity to be with my son at the collegiate level,” the older Engram said. “I’ve never coached Dean in football. I coached him in basketball and in baseball, but this is going to be a unique experience — once in a lifetime. We both want to be the best we can be to help the team win.”
A former All-Big Ten wide receiver at Penn State who went on to have a 14-year NFL career, Engram has been in coaching since 2011, getting his start with the San Francisco 49ers.
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