Joe Moorhead, who recently became the head coach for Akron, has been a hot name this offseason for his offensive play-calling abilities. While he currently has a coveted spot as a head coach, one could argue that OC at a college football blue-blood like Notre Dame football is a better position than a head coach for a more minor MAC team.
It’s been noted around league circles that Moorhead turned away interest from coach Nick Saban and Alabama. So would he do the same to Notre Dame football should they come calling for him to take over as offensive coordinator? Simply put, some jobs and schools are preferred landing spots for certain coaches, even over Alabama under one of the greatest coaches ever.
Though coach Moorhead’s Zips went a brutal 2-10 last season, it was always seen as a rebuilding year for Akron. Even given the record, it’s incredibly impressive that his passing offense finished 18th in the nation. For comparison, Notre Dame finished 98th with far more talent. While their rushing offense was one of the worst in the country, given how talented the Irish offensive line and running back groups are, I’d envision a seamless transition for him.
A coach as experienced as Joe Moorhead calling the shots on offense would be precisely what this team needs moving forward. He’d be able to give the team some much-needed experience, given coach Freeman is still very new as a head coach. Not saying coach Freeman hasn’t handled things well. Given how shaky certain position groups were last year, Marcus coached a solid season.
With Moorhead’s passing attack, I’d love to see what he can do with Hartman and a much-improved wide receiver room. While I have yet to hear any serious traction with specific candidates, Moorhead would be a home run hire for the Notre Dame football program.