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It is pretty much official that Scott Shafer will take over for Doug Marrone as the head coach of the Syracuse Orange. With Syracuse getting in to the coaching search late in the game due to Marrone’s late departure from the team, some fans are worried that Daryl Gross would not be able to get the right guy for the job due to limited amount of coaches available.
Syracuse fans don’t have to worry about this: Scott Shafer is the right man to take over for Doug Marrone.
Shafer’s work as the defensive coordinator for this team speaks for itself. He took over a team that had gave up over 30 points a game in 2008, and transformed them in to a respected defense in every season since. The hiring of Shafer will keep Nathaniel Hackett as the offensive coordinator, so a very similar system will continue forward from what the Orange were already running this past season. This same system should help keep a lot of the recruiting class together heading in to next season, and recruits who are currently considering Syracuse will know what they are going to get for the most part. This is crucial not only for this incoming class, but for next year’s class as well. If there were to be a lot of question marks with a new system, it would take a couple of seasons before recruits could see the foundation that is being laid for the program. With Shafer at the helm, Syracuse fans, players, coaches, and recruits know what direction we are going, and will mostly continue to follow the groundwork that has been laid.
As a person who has gone to practices in previous seasons, I can tell you his intensity is right where it needs to be in getting the most of his players day in and day out. While Doug Marrone excelled in his leadership qualities and player development, his play calling was consistently questioned by a lot of fans and people throughout the media. The players seem to respect Shafer, and will be excited to play for him as their head guy. Respect is a critical for a head coach to have from his players, and Shaffer definitely appears to have that. There is little known about Shafer’s knowledge offensively, but with Hackett staying on as offensive coordinator, fans can expect more of the same high powered offense next season. Shafer was smart and solid in his defensive play calling, so whomever he decides to hire as a defensive coordinator will definitely have a similar mindset to him.
There is no question Scott Shafer understands Syracuse. He isn’t the “Syracuse guy” Doug Marrone sold to the fan base, but Shafer is without a doubt one of us after these past four seasons, and knows what it takes to win at this school. In regards to what Syracuse University needs right now, Daryl Gross really said it best:
“We’re not looking for a huge culture change here. I believe we can go into the ACC and compete for the conference championship right away.”
Syracuse will have to replace a lot of parts next season, but the right guy to get the most out of the parts we have is without a doubt Scott Shafer.
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