The ship may be sinking, and this could be akin to rearranging the deck chairs, but SMU is not going down without an effort to turn things around in the here and now.
Earlier this week SMU interim head coach Tom Mason announced that he has added Tim Davis to his Mustangs coaching staff, with Davis’ job being to help with a porous offensive line. While this next move is not yet officially official, it’s also directed at helping an inept offense.
Pending school approval, Mason has decided to add Tom Rossley as an offensive consultant. Despite the addition not being official, the 68-year-old Rossley is already working with the coaching staff — and already causing some extra homework for the Mustangs’ upcoming opponent.
“I’m investigating Rossley a little bit,” Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, whose Aggies play the Mustangs Saturday, said according to the Dallas Morning News. “I know he’s been put on staff, so there’ll be some adjusting going on in the first quarter, no doubt about that. Who knows what we’re going to get; we’ve got no idea.”
Interestingly, Rossley’s last job was at Texas A&M as quarterbacks coach from 2008-11.
Rossley’s name should be a very familiar one to SMU fans, too. From 1991-96, Rossley served as the Mustangs’ head coach and compiled a record of 15-48-3.
He’s proficient in spread-style offense, which was a significant reason for the decision to bring him back.
Aside from the SMU and A&M years, a sizable chunk of Rossley’s recent coaching career came at the NFL level at the quarterbacks coach of the Atlanta Falcons (1990); wide receivers and tight ends for the Chicago Bears (1997-98); Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach (1999); and offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers (2000-05).
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