Last Tuesday, Texas Tech announced the hiring of Kevin Johns as offensive coordinator. Johns was previously the offensive coordinator at Western Michigan during the 2017 season. Johns also spent six seasons with the Indiana Hoosiers as both the offensive coordinator (2014-2016) and the receivers and quarterbacks coach (2011 and 2014).
The hire comes after former offensive coordinator Eric Morris departed last December to take the head coach position at the University of the Incarnate Word. Morris was the last member of Kingsbury’s original staff in 2013. After Kingsbury took a step away from the offense to work with the defense, Morris took over the day to day responsibilities of the offense. On game day, Morris was up in the booth, analyzing defenses and assisting in the play calling.
The search took the better part of two months. The frustrating lack of information left many fans wondering what the hold up was. It seemed like Kingsbury was taking his time to find the best possible fit for his program. Some wondered if Kingsbury was having trouble finding candidates who were interested others speculated whether or not candidates clashed with Kingsbury in the matter of play calling duties.
So what does this hire really mean for the Red Raiders?
I was fully expecting someone like Graham Harrell to take the position, but the Red Raiders didn’t seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel with this hire. Our insider tells us that Johns was among the top three candidates interviewed and may have been Kingsbury’s top choice.
Johns fits in well simply because of his experience. When Morris was brought on in 2013, Kingsbury assumed most of the meaningful offensive coordinator duties. Morris was essentially an assistant. When Kingsbury stepped back to focus on the defense, the role of offensive coordinator changed drastically and I think Morris’s inexperience took a toll on the offense.
Johns brings almost a full decade of experience and will be able to handle the day to day duties effectively. I don’t expect Kingsbury to give up control of the play calling duties, but I do expect Johns to have more of an influence in the decision making and his presence in the booth will be invaluable.
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