Defense Wins Championships – Justifying a Defensive Hire Take

We all know the OLD adage, defense wins championships and offense sells tickets. Many think it is just that, old. Some of the talks around making a defensive hire are like folks don’t remember the 2014 Super Bowl. When the best offense in NFL history led by Peyton Manning was going to stomp the top ranked Seahawks defense… 43-8 Seahawks was the final. People remeber Tom Brady and offensive guru Bruce Arains winning the Super Bowl last year, against another offensive coach. Since 2010 offensive coaches have a losing record vs defensive coaches in Super Bowl head-to-heads.

I know we aren’t talking about the NFL though. We are talking College Football. Well the 2022 College Football Playoff consists of 3 defensive coaches. Jim Harbaugh being the exception. But lets get even more specific. Lets talk FCS

Coaches in FCS Title game since 2010 when it was moved to Frisco

Offensive Head Coaches

  • Beau Baldwin -EWU
  • Aaron Best- EWU
  • Rob Ambrose – Towson
  • John Grass – JSU*
  • Curt Gignetti – JMU

Total games coached by offensive coaches: 5 Titles won:1(2010)

Defensive Head Coaches

  • KC Keeler – Delaware & Sam Houston
  • Willie Fritz – Sam Houston State
  • Craig Bohl – NDSU
  • Chris Klieman -NDSU
  • Brock Spack -ISU
  • Mike Houston – JMU
  • Bo Pelini – YSU*
  • John Stiegelmeier -SDSU
  • Matt Entz- NDSU

Total Games coached by defensive coach: 17 Titles won: 10

*Fired from team

2021 Quarterfinal Teams

Defensive Head Coaches

  • Bobby Hauck – Montana
  • Matt Entz – NDSU
  • John Stiegelmeir – SDSU
  • KC Keeler –SHSU

Offensive Head Coaches

  • Randy Sanders – ETSU
  • Mark Ferrante – Villanova
  • Brent Vigen – Montana State
  • Curt Cignetti – JMU

First round Playoff teams

Offensive Head Coaches

  • Eric Morris – UIW
  • Jason Simpson – UTM
  • Bobby Petrino – Mizzu State
  • Bob Chesney – Holy Cross
  • Dan Hawkins – UC Davis
  • Willie Simmons – FAMU
  • Frank Scelfo – SLU
  • Aaron Best – EWU
  • Scott Abell – Davidson
  • Brian Bohannon – KSU
  • Nick Hill – SIU

Defensive Head Coaches

  • Colby Carthel – SFA
  • Mark Nofri – Sacred Heart
  • Mark Farley – UNI
  • Bob Nielson – South Dakota
  • Bob Stieglemeir – SDSU

Seeded Teams

Offensive Head Coaches:

  • Curt Cignetti – #3 JMU
  • Troy Taylor- #4 Sac State
  • Mark Ferrante – #5Villanova
  • Randy Sanders – #7ETSU
  • Brent Vigen – #8 MSU

Defensive Head Coaches:

  • KC Keeler – #1 SHSU
  • Matt Entz – #2 NDSU
  • Bobby  Hauck – #6 Montana

In round 2 of the playoffs defensive coaches went 4-0 vs offensive coaches.

What about Big Sky Titles since 2010?

Offensive Head Coaches:

  • Troy Taylor – Sac State
  • Aaron Best – EWU
  • Beau Baldwin EWU
  • Tim Walsh – Cal Poly
  • Dan Hawkins – UC Davis
  • Rob Ash – MSU

Titles won: 12

Defensive Head Coaches:

  • Jay Hill – Weber
  • Ed Lamb – SUU
  • Demario Warren –SUU
  • Bubba Schweigert – UND

Titles won: 7

-Reminder we sometimes have shared titles 😦

While Jarring remember, without Baldwins wins offensive coaches have also only won 7. Then remember guys like Tim Walsh & Rob Ash were fired eventually. While guys like Bubba Scheigwert & Jay Hill are still coaching and had playoff teams just last season.