Marcus Satterfield

Temple’s passing offense can take flight with new QB coaching hire

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Looking to take its passing game to another level in 2015, Temple will add Glenn Thomas to the coaching staff. Thomas, a former quarterback coach for the Atlanta Falcons will join Matt Rhule as the Owls look to put together another winning season and avoid being left out of the postseason line-up. Thomas will not have Matt Ryan to work with, but P.J. Walker entering his junior season could be a fun project to watch on Broad Street this fall.

Thomas was one of the many assistants put on the coaching market following a head coaching change in Atlanta. Despite previous college coaching experience as an offensive assistant with multiple responsibilities, the focus for Thomas will solely be on the quarterback position. Owl Scoop reports Rhule will have offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield coach the running backs.

Temple’s passing offense was ranked eighth in the American Athletic Conference in 2014 with an average of just over 200 passing yards per game. Temple quarterbacks passed for 13 touchdowns and were intercepted 16 times last season. All but one interception was credited to Walker, who showed both good and bad as Temple’s starting quarterback last season. Cutting down on mistakes will be the first mission for Thomas and Walker. The focus on improving Temple’s AAC-worst third-down conversion percentage (24.39) and red zone success (eighth best red zone scoring percentage in AAC in 2014) will come next.

Walker appears to be a solid player with some good talent, but he has to improve his passing accuracy and efficiency. That happens with improved play around him of course, but Thomas can help Walker enhance his own play that can in turn make the players around him better as well.