The Fresno State football coaching staff is finally complete, and preparations for the upcoming season are already underway.
The initial feeling out process for new offensive coordinator Jim McElwain is over, making the time from here on out nothing but official business.
McElwain, who last year served as quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders, is already looking forward to spring football action, where the current Bulldogs squad will begin to show what itâ€™s made of.
â€œI think thatâ€™s what spring ball is for,â€? McElwain said. â€œIn college, it lets you develop a personality as a team and it lets you sit back after those 15 practices and say, â€˜OK, this is who we are, this is what we need to be.â€™
â€œWeâ€™re gonna be physical and weâ€™re not gonna back down from anybody.â€?
McElwain very much wants to simplify things for Bulldogs players, and his previous experience at other colleges as an offensive leader should give him instant credibility with current Fresno State players. Thatâ€™s why McElwain has set early and realistic expectations for his new team.
â€œJust what we expect as a staff out of them,â€? McElwain said. â€œDonâ€™t think you need to do too much. Do it within the system. Take what the defense gives you and eventually theyâ€™ll give you the game.â€?
And like Fresno State head coach Pat Hill, McElwain is all about winning, and poor offensive numbers donâ€™t always have to affect a teamâ€™s overall performance.
â€œThe ideal outcome is win. Offensively we get caught up in numbers too much. Itâ€™s about wins and losses,â€? McElwain said.
But thatâ€™s not to say that when the time comes, McElwainâ€™s playbook wonâ€™t have a trick or two up its sleeve.
â€œI think if you look into the background of what weâ€™ve been involved with, there may be some unique formations that you may scratch your head at, but those will only be used if the defense has a weakness to that,â€? McElwain said.
Assuming all goes well with that, McElwain doesnâ€™t intend on leaving Fresno State anytime soon.
â€œI really hope itâ€™s home,â€? McElwain said.â€?I really do.â€?