Ted Roof by the numbers

Before I depart from my gargantuan hotel room in Raleigh, I dug up some before/after numbers for soon-to-be Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof at his last four stops. I compared total yards, points, takeaways, yards per play and third-down efficiency.

Obviously, numbers don’t tell the whole story, and in a year-to-year comparison like this there’s the noise of different opponents, different players, the team’s offense, etc. This past season at Penn State, Roof’s defense this past season at Penn State played under extremely unusual circumstances whose impact is impossible to quantify. Further, the change in performance in one season is only one marker in the total evaluation of any coach.

That said, first impressions – Roof has done well at mending disasters, as was the case at Minnesota and Duke. The numbers went up at Auburn. Two things – one, 2009 was also Gus Malzahn’s first year at Auburn as offensive coordinator. His up-tempo scheme that created more plays, possessions and points had an impact, one suspects, on the defense. Two, Auburn won the national championship a year later.

My apologies for the rather crude chart.

School                               Yards              PPG                 Takeaways                 YPP                3rd

PSU, 11-12                323.9/353.4         16.8/19.1             26/22                     4.6/4.9                38/37

Auburn, 08-09          317.8/374.1         18.0/27.5             18/24                     4.9/5.1                  29/33

Minnesota, 07-08       518.7/383.6       36.7/24.8             14/31                     6.8/5.7                44/39

Duke, 01-02               492.0/375.2         44.6/29.4             16/25                     6.6/5.4                  N/A

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GT95

January 10th, 2013
11:53 am

yeller bug

January 10th, 2013
11:55 am

Didn’t think about Roof—solid GT guy, has the experience and the fire—hope it works out. We need a solid recruiting coach though since we are losing Kelly. Doubt we have the cash to get Giff Smith, but if we do and he’s willing, we need to spend it. That would give us a strong coaching staff.

RambleOn84

January 10th, 2013
11:59 am

Boy Ken, you weren’t lying when you said it was crude! Just messin…thanks for your hard work. I love stuff like this.

GT Insider

January 10th, 2013
12:00 pm

Yeller bug, if it’s one thing GT is getting with Roof it is a great recruiter. He’s an upgrade over Kelly in recruiting. The man is an excellent recruiter and has been recruiting the south for about 15 years and has that nice little national championship ring to flash and recruits that won’t hurt.

www

January 10th, 2013
12:04 pm

the formatting is a bit wonky but this is insightful information. thanks.

Reebok

January 10th, 2013
12:05 pm

We could use a good recruiter, for sure. Wonder if he will stick w/ the 3-4, given the recruits we have been bringing in for that scheme for the past 3 years, or if he will flip back to the 4-3…

www

January 10th, 2013
12:09 pm

ken, any chance u could show tech’s numbers from 2012 in these categories?

gt45

January 10th, 2013
12:19 pm

Roof has passion, and wants to be at Tech! I look forward to what he brings to the table!

Jim 70

January 10th, 2013
12:23 pm

Always good to bring a tech man back, as long as it isn’t bill curry. Loved what he did playing and coaching for tech, but not how he departed. I am sure he regrets it now, but …

Naturally any improvement in recruiting, especially defense is appreciated. CPJ is mainly concerned with his offense, so a little concentration on the other side of the ball is good.

Loved the low t/o number last night, shooting percent needs to improve.

Go tech

Full Metal (the Original)

January 10th, 2013
12:29 pm

Ken, great job putting this info together on the run! There’s something to be said for a coach who’s also an alum, and CTR should also be a plus in recruiting.

ibidGT

January 10th, 2013
12:35 pm

GT 2012 – 374 YPG , 5.69 YPP , 28.29 PPG , 25 Takeaways , 40.98 Opp 3rd Down Pct

Could be wrong, but there it is.

Tampa Wreck

January 10th, 2013
12:35 pm

Not impressive. This is CPJ’s last chance. I don’t want to hear a bunh of crap about how long it will take time for players to really understand his system (aka.. Groh) or that he needs different players to fit what he wants to do. I expect immediate improvement in 2013.. The bar that was set the last five years is pretty darn low. That’s not too much to demand.

Hayseed Dixie

January 10th, 2013
12:36 pm

I want to be ambivalent this hire, but…

-if it results in recruiting gains in the south,
-a faster 4-3 defense,
-a coach who is more accountable to CPJ (there’s no way Groh could have done what he did had he had anything other than an effectively blank check from Johnson)

…then these could be positives.

Plus, passion and energy are not to be underestimated, especially with 18-23 year old kids.

However, among many of my friends the only thing that supersedes the defensive anguish of 2012 was Roof’s ‘99 squad. Yikes.

Never a dull moment on the Flats.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

January 10th, 2013
12:50 pm

@ Jim 70. Please fill me in on the scoop about Curry’s departure. For some reason I was not plugged in so well at the time (probably had something to do with being in my 20s and living the wild life)

SansWorld

January 10th, 2013
12:57 pm

mic-man

January 10th, 2013
1:27 pm

I still think that CPJ needs to hire an OC (he should have plenty of disciples out there now) and be the COACH of the whole team.

Understand, I am a big CPJ fan. I liked him at GSU and Navy. I love our offense (in fact, I’ve started watching the 3 service academies when they are on TV simple because I like CPJ’s offense). When it is working, it is beautiful.

But it’s time for him to take responsibility for the whole team and make every aspect of the game live up to the level of detail that he demands from his offense. The only way for that to happen is for him to hire an OC.

Dog Kicker

January 10th, 2013
1:33 pm

I hope this “D” hire works out because if it does not, then we will be looking for a new head coach!

ignition

January 10th, 2013
1:37 pm

You know my opinion.. CRAP hire.

RambleOn84

January 10th, 2013
1:48 pm

This is about as good as we could hope for realistically. Ignore the name and look at the numbers from 2012…did you honestly think we would hire a current DC at a BCS school who put up similar statistics?

If you say yes, you are lying or delusional.

RambleOn84

January 10th, 2013
1:52 pm

And for people who are ragging on his defenses at Auburn, I offer two bits of info:

1. His D played tough and made plays when they had to, especially during the 2010 season when they won the MNC.
2. Auburn’s D got worse when he left. Chizik was the issue more than Roof.

George Stein

January 10th, 2013
2:00 pm

I am not thrilled by the hire, but I also don’t think we are far off. Getting off the field on 4th and 15 against Utah or a stop against UVA would have gotten us to ten wins last year. Stopping VT and Miami likely would have prevented the MTSU game and we’d have won ten games again this year.

Again, I’m not thrilled, but the level of incremental improvement required for us to be where we want to be isn’t great.

yeller bug

January 10th, 2013
2:21 pm

I hope you are right GT Insider—-Roof’s been around the south, been a head coach so he SHOULD be a good recruiter. I think he’ll do good enough on D—-just stop people on 3rd down—pleeeaassse! Hope he’s flexible to run multiple D formations without making it too complicated for the kids. We’re not staffed to suddenly switch over to a 4-3 unless you make Sneezy a DE—LB to DL ratio on our team now is not right. The problem in the future is the hurry up offense—-D’s don’t have time to substitute. That was a big challenge for Tech…well we had lots of challenges last year..but this will be a problem in the future that DCs will need to prepare for. Got one more coach to get—-hopefully he wil be a good one too.

ramblingbuzz

January 10th, 2013
2:23 pm

Is this the best hire possible? Among the candidates who are willing to come to GT and have DC & head coach credentials, I’d say yes. The other approaches would have been to give Charles Kelly the DC job, or to take a chance on a position coach who has no DC experience. This hire may not work out, but I think GT has the talent to be a decent defensive ball team with the right DC in place. Just hoping Roof is the right DC.

SoCal_GT_Fan

January 10th, 2013
2:29 pm

Personally, I’m wondering how much of a hand Ted Roof had in our 2000 recruiting class. That’s the class that brought the top 3 linebackers in Georgia (Daryl Smith, Keyaron Fox, and Hobie Holiday). Not many of the recruiting web-sites have data that goes back to that time but I remember those 3 were HIGHLY recruited and would have EASILY been worthy of 4-stars and could have been rated as 5-star recruits.

If he had a big hand in it (and I would assume he did since he was the LB coach before becoming the DC) that would be good for our recruiting especially within Georgia and on the defensive side of the ball.

SoCal_GT_Fan

January 10th, 2013
2:32 pm

I’m also wondering what is the reaction of this hire from the recruits that are committed to GT (specifically the ones on the defensive side of the ball)?

Also, would this hire also mean that Attaochu would rethink about coming back to GT next year?

BuzzBelle

January 10th, 2013
3:02 pm

I’m excited! Let’s give him a chance before we start qeustioning the pick. I can’t wait to see what he does with CPJ. Maybe this could be why Attaochu is staying his senior year?

ignition

January 10th, 2013
3:02 pm

If I were Attaochu I’d bounce ..
Terrible hire.

ramblingbuzz

January 10th, 2013
3:23 pm

SoCal_GT………Assuming your moniker describes your actual place of reseidence, what are the locals saying about USC and Kiffin?

PCH

January 10th, 2013
3:28 pm

Ted is an excellent choice,, Who would have thought about him. Congratulations to PAUL for getting the best possible solution. He will get us to a top ten ranking within 2 years if we can get the players.
All other coaches know what a great hire Ted is.

Burdell

January 10th, 2013
3:49 pm

I would think Sneezy knew about the hire and it factored into his decision to remain at Tech.

Ramblin' Wreck

January 10th, 2013
4:05 pm

For all those who are down on this hire, I hear two reasons:

1) He stinks (no real logic given)
2) He stunk during his last stint here.

Ignoring #1, I think it’s laughable that people hold his job here ~15 years ago against him so hard. He has experience under his belt now and a resume to go with it. Also, comparing him with Al Groh is also silly. Groh hadn’t had collegiate success as HC or DC for a while before being hired on. Roof has success at the DC level over the past few years. Night and day difference.

And seriously, you don’t like it fine. Who would YOU have hired? A be realistic; Kirby Smart isn’t coming over, nor are a bunch of other establish DCs. You grabbed a successful DC from a Big 1X school. That’s a heck of a get.

juvenal

January 10th, 2013
4:21 pm

1)—the folks who think they can influence high shool kids by dumping on your team, even though everybody does, so it all evens out, 2)-agree—-.this is why folks like ignition are easy to ignore unless they want to show up at the bloggers tailgate before GOING to a game, &/ or write their opinions to include with their AT checks, because if we had the $, we, like anyone else, would hire Saban……

GTJohn2

January 10th, 2013
4:31 pm

I agree with Ramblin’ Wreck, people seem to believe CTR will be the same coach when he was at Tech the last time. He’s got some experience under his belt. He should be able to recruit Georgia well. Plus he has fire in his belly. Get after it Ted!
Go Jackets!

Tokyo jacket

January 10th, 2013
4:49 pm

@ramblinbuzz, it’s a great hire in perspective and I think you lay a lot out there. You know what you’re getting. He’s a GT guy. He’s been a successful DC. He has turned programs around defensively. He’s got southern connections for recruiting. What more do we want? We’re not in the running for Kirby Smart. I think we did great. I can’t wait to see CTR’s D get the other team off the field on third and long.

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SoCal_GT_Fan

January 10th, 2013
5:04 pm

ramblingbuzz: The USC alums aren’t happy. They haven’t had season like this since the Paul Hackett era which was over 10 years ago. Also, they were preseason No.1 in many rankings and so to say USC fell short of expectations would be mildy put.

A lot of people are not only asking about Kiffin’s head but also the AD’s (Pat Haden) head as well since he was the guy who signed Kiffin. Haden seems to be support Kiffin and it sounds like Kiffin will be here for another year. Some of my USC friends say that the only reason they are keeping Kiffin around is because of the current recruiting class (although it seems like someone’s decommitting every single week) which is highly ranked.

Definitely a disappointing season but with the sanctions imposed on them, they have depth issues and that kind of showed up this year (specifically along the offensive line). Once their center Khaled Holmes went down, their season went down with it.

By the time USC played GT, no one really cared about USC football. Not a single one of my USC friends wanted to watch the game nor did they say anything about it (no pre-game trash-talking that is usually standard) and I don’t recall seeing much coverage of it. The fans had the same attitude as the USC football players; its only the Sun Bowl. Who cares.

jeffjacket

January 10th, 2013
5:31 pm

Great hire! I was there when GT defeated a very good ND team in the Gator Bowl with CTR the DC for CGO. Let me tell you something , you guys are going to see some fast, hard hitting defense! This guy knows his stuff , this is perfect timing for him and for GT!!!!!

I keep telling you guys to stop bashing CPJ , he is the Man!!!

GO JACKETS!!!! TO HELL WITH GA!!!

Delbert D.

January 10th, 2013
5:34 pm

After grumbling about Ted Roof’s hiring last night, I concluded that it makes sense. Paul Johnson needs a quick turnaround. Roof has some decent qualifications as a DC, and he doesn’t need any prep for telling the Tech story to recruits, and he knows the state. For a 2-year timeframe, that’s the bottom line.

jeffjacket

January 10th, 2013
5:39 pm

It doesn’t hurt that he worked under one of the best defensive minds in football,

George O’leary…….. CPJ IS A VERY SAVY COACH!

GO JACKETS!!!! TO HELL WITH GA!!!

Delbert D.

January 10th, 2013
5:42 pm

Pat Haden inherited Kiffin from his predecessor, Mike Garrett, who was fired as a result of the NCAA recruiting scandal. Haden was brought in to fix things immediately prior to the season in Kiffin’s first year.

ahsoisee

January 10th, 2013
5:44 pm

Ted Roof will be a disaster at Tech. Send Paul Johnson on his way. He does not know how to hire intelligent and effective assistants. We will remain a patsy in the pass defense stats with Ted Roof at the helm. The only answer I can see is to replace the Head Coach and get one who has the ability to analyze and pick good assistants. It should be evident that Paul Johnson does not know how to do this. I will assure everyone that Tech will bomb on defense with Ted Roof.

GT1990

January 10th, 2013
5:46 pm

@Jeffjacket

If he was the man then AU wouldn’t have fired him. This is a make or break for CPJ. If CPJ loses to UGA this year, then he has to go. Any thoughts on that statement?

Flak Jacket

January 10th, 2013
5:50 pm

I wish the best for Roof and GT,give the guy a chance he will give it all he`s got you can bet on that.

GT1990

January 10th, 2013
5:51 pm

Can anyone tell me why the d-line coach is still at GT? My god CPJ ! Our D-line has been sh** for the past three season. Our recruting sucks! All of this falls on CAM!

Jim 70

January 10th, 2013
5:52 pm

Gr8 2b a fuzzyb – if memory serves me well, Bill Curry left after the 86 season taking his assistants with him during prime recruiting season. Not sure what recruits we kept. He had a great 85 season, but only 5-5-1 in 86, so weird that Alabama would hire him. This put a bad taste in most of the alumni at the time, one key reason they were against his hiring as the AD which went to Rad.

On the positive side, we got bobby Ross who won us the NC.

Delbert D.

January 10th, 2013
5:59 pm

The D-line coach is the recruiting coordinator. 2012 was his 2nd on the job.

Delbert D.

January 10th, 2013
6:06 pm

3rd year on the job. I forgot that this is 2013 now.

SoCal_GT_Fan

January 10th, 2013
6:14 pm

Delbert D.: You’re right. Haden didn’t hire Kiffin and Haden was hired to clean up the mess with both the football and basketball team. The way people talk about Haden around here, it makes it sound like he hired Kiffin and that the two men should be kicked out the door. So my apologies.

Dit

January 10th, 2013
6:31 pm

Maybe Ted can get our GT uniforms back.

Delbert D.

January 10th, 2013
6:36 pm

SoCal_GT_Fan – Pat Haden is one fine fellow, and is a long-time member of USC’s inner circle. He publicly supported Kiffin, of course. He took the job in August as practice was underway. After the disaster that this season became, I expect that Haden will do what is necessary. He could not have been pleased with the snub of the Sun Bowl folks.