Texas offensive staff like a soup with ‘a lot of ingredients’

Posted March 5th, 2014


Texas running backs coach Tommie Robinson said he’s too old to give anyone those “slick recruiting lines.” So here’s the deal about the new offensive coaching staff, according to him.

“The offensive staff is like a soup, and you’ve got a lot of ingredients in there, man,” Robinson said Wednesday.

And who’s stirring the pot?


“Charlie. We make no bones about it. Charlie Strong is stirring the soup.”

Robinson, Shawn Watson, Joe Wickline, Les Koenning and Bruce Chambers all met the media for the first time Wednesday afternoon since being hired by head coach Charlie Strong. The defensive coaches will do the same on Thursday.

Wickline, the offensive coordinator, said he would do the play-calling from the field. But building game plans will be done “by committee,” he said.

“Let me tell you something, that’s not unusual,” Wickline said. “We can sit here and say it is. But somebody’s going to oversee the running game, whether it’s the running backs coach or the offensive line coach. Somebody’s going to oversee the passing game. Somebody’s going to oversee situations, like third down, red zone, goal line. But ultimately, we’re all responsible for it, and we’re going to do it by committee.”

And all of the coaches stressed there are no egos in the coaching offices, primarily because they have decades of experience.

“You’ve got Bruce Chambers who’s been around here 16 years and knows every nook and cranny in this place,” Robinson said. “Then you’ve got Wickline, who’s the offensive line guru and one of the quote-unquote top offensive line coaches in football.

“Then you’ve got Les, who’s been a coordinator coaching receivers,” he added. “He’s back home now, so he’s like an Energizer bunny. He’s running around everywhere. Then you’ve got Cool Breeze over here. My man, Watson, who is smart as a whip and knows what he wants to do and did an outstanding job with (Louisville quarterback) Teddy Bridgewater.

“And then you’ve got an ol’ broke down running back coach who wants to come in and talk about passing and blocking and offensive line and everything but running backs.”

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