Football: Changes finally official

Cal has (finally) announced the worst-kept secret around Strawberry Canyon — Jim Michalczik is the Bears’ new offensive line coach and offensive coordinator.

Jeff Tedford also announced he has hired former San Jose State quarterback and Wyoming offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo as his new quarterbacks coach.

Also, Ron Gould has been promoted from running backs coach to run game coordinator.

As we’ve said before on here, Michalczik was actually hired a couple weeks ago. He’s been recruiting and going to meetings. But for whatever reason, the mystery that is UC beauracracy prevented the school from announcing the hiring until today (why it happened on a Saturday night at 7 p.m., I’ll never know).

The question now is just how each offensive coach will impact the offense. Yes, Michalczik is the offensive coordinator. But he was Cal’s offensive coordinator in 2007 and didn’t call the plays (for those who don’t know — it seems unlikely there are any on here — Michalczik was Cal’s offensive line caoch from 2002-08 before spending the past two seasons with the Raiders. He was let go when Raiders coach Tom Cable was fired).

So is Michalczik an offensive coordinator in name only? Michalczik appears to be partĀ four-headed model that will collaborate on the offense. He is the offensive coordinator, Gould is the run game coordinator, Eric Kiesau is the pass game coordinator and the three of them will work with Tedford on the offense.

Tedford is unsure at this point who will call the plays. It could be him, it could be one of the other three. Tedford has spent some seasons at Cal calling the plays but gave it up after the 2007 season to do a better job overseeing other aspects of the program.

That’s one of the reasons he brought in Michalczik and Kiesau. Both have worked under Tedford before and he feels like he is on the same page with them. So he knows he can trust them, along with Gould, to possibly call the plays. He also feels comfortable entrusting them with the offense if there are times where his head coaching hat requires him to attend to other matters.

With virtually no experienced quarterback on his roster, Tedford has said he plans onĀ returning to being much more involved with the quarterbacks on a daily basis this season. He will work with them every day at practice, something he has done in the past but again backed off of since 2007.

It will be interesting to see just what influence Arroyo has. In a way, it seems like he is actually the assistant quarterbacks coach. Perhaps since Arroyo is young (31), Tedford sees him as someone he can groom to moving up the offensive food chain. In the meantime, Tedford can take the lead with the quarterbacks while Arroyo learns from him.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.