The Ohio State football team made a staffing change at the end of last year. They decided to promote Brian Hartline to offensive coordinator. While it hasn’t been decided who is going to officially call plays Hartline has more responsibility in his duties.
Hartline has proven to be the best wide receivers coach in the country. His ability to recruit and develop talent at that position is second to none. Now, he gets a chance to see what he can do now that he’s in charge of the entire offense. This year is preparing him.
It’s no secret that Hartline is a coach on the rise. The Buckeyes won’t have his services forever. While he may not be getting a head coaching job in the immediate future, that time isn’t that far off. This year will go a long way to determining his future.
If Hartline does end up calling the plays, this will help him prepare to be great. This is the first step that he needs to take before getting that head coaching gig in the future. He needs some playcalling experience before someone will give him control of an entire program.
If the Ohio State football team wasn’t going to give him a chance to be an OC, he was going to go somewhere else to get that chance. It was very smart of Ryan Day to give Hartline the promotion. He certainly has earned it with the work he’s done over the years.
I actually hope Day gives Hartline the opportunity to call the plays this year. I want to see what kind of concepts he can come up with and how creative he can get with the passing game. The playcalling got stale at times last year. I think Hartline would do really well at it.