Neither assistant Tim Beck or Todd Orlando expressed any concern about their long-term future with Texas even though coach Tom Herman questioned how well this staff has developed the overall talent.
Beck, UT’s offensive coordinator the last three seasons, said any staff changes would be “entirely up to Tom.”
“I can look in the mirror. I work really hard. I do a really good job. I’m proud of what I’ve done,” Beck said after Tuesday’s practice. “I feel like I coach these guys hard, I recruit hard. That’s up to coach Herman and the University of Texas and what they feel like they need to do. That’s out of my control.”
Beck called plays during the 2017 season, but Herman took over those duties himself in 2018. The coaching staff now calls plays through what they describe as a “collaborative process.”
The UT offense has grown more ineffective over the second half of the season.
Quarterback Sam Ehlinger met with reporters on Tuesday and said Baylor dropped eight men into coverage and forced him to throw shorter check-down passes. The goal is to force Ehlinger from throwing down field and swamping ballcarriers for short, manageable gains.
“All I worry about is my players, being professional coming to work every day. That’s why I coach,” Beck said.
Orlando has been with Herman since 2015 when they were at Houston. Orlando got a pay raise last season to $1.7 million annually and one-year extension. He’s signed through 2020. Beck is like many other UT assistants on one-year rollover deals.
Asked about his long-term future, Orlando said Tuesday, “Here’s what I’ll tell you. When you get to a place like this, every second of every day is work your tail off. You get to be my age off of that, there’s an understanding. It doesn’t matter. You come in here and do the best job.
“To me, it’s about staying in routine, he added. “You sit back and you look at your work and your routine, and if your routine is elite, then you’ve just to continue to work away. … Go in there and do elite work. I don’t think that way. I come into every job thinking that I’m going to be elite.”
It’s unclear whether Herman would fire one or both of his coordinators after this season. Herman could make several staff changes or none. Athletic director Chris Del Conte has said it’s not his job to hire and fire assistants. That’s up to the head coach.
Orlando scoffed at whether UT’s defensive scheme was still sound or if the Horns just need better players. The Longhorns are on track to allow 444.1 yards per game this season, which would be the third-worst total in school history.
“No, c’mon,” Orlando said. “I’m thinking big picture, too, is we continue to get better. That’s what we have to do. Point blank, that’s what we have to do — continue to get better and execute and continue the course. That’s it.”
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