Football: Charles Collins a possible WR coach

Greg Biggins of ESPN has mentioned one-time Cincinnati Bengals assistant Charles Collins as a possible candidate to replace Eric Kiesau as wide receivers coach for Cal.

Collins coached future All-Pro wideouts Chad Ochocinco and Steve Smith when both were in junior college, and later worked with Ochocinco at Cincinnati.

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  • Juancho

    Screw it. Sounds good to me. Coached guys at a junior college, so he’s probably not full of himself and has a good work ethic.

    And will be able to say he coached a couple famous wideouts. Hire someone.

  • Juancho

    Is Geoff MacArthur available? What about another great Cal wide receiver, Quinn Tedford ?

  • rollonubears

    This guy seems like he’d be a great pickup, as long as he’s not shady. If we can get a good d-line guy, we’d be in business. And i really think we should get follett. The guy is begging to coach here, and he’s a freaking fireball of energy.

  • Juancho

    If only andre carter were available.

  • David

    He runs WR combines and camp events in SoCal. He has connections.

    John Breech said that during his stint with the bengals in ’08, the players loved him.

  • rollonubears

    But one of the WR on the bengals died trying to beat his wife through a moving car, and the other one is one of the biggest horses patoots on the planet.

  • covinared

    Just because someone is a good player does not mean he will be a good coach. Follet was great at crashing around the end and hitting from the blind spot, he made a highlight interception once, but the other parts of his game were lacking. Lupoi can be replaced with someone better.

  • rollonubears

    That doesn’t have to be Lupoi’s replacement. I just think the fire and energy should be on the sidelines. They let Adam Duritz troll the sidelines. Anyway, I don’t know why you’re saying the other parts of his game were lacking. He was an NFL linebacker who only isn’t playing because of a neck injury. You don’t get drafted when most of your game elements are lacking.

  • bigdruid

    Everyone loves Follett (he bleeds blue and gold!) but it’s not clear whether he’s coaching material yet or not. We should definitely give him a grad assistant position in the program since he’s part of the bear family, but you can’t just throw someone on the DLine and expect him to coach them up at a high level (remember, he’s a linebacker). We’ve got stellar DL personnel and we really need a proven top coach to get them to play at their potential – we can’t take any chances here, both for the good of the program and for the players themselves (many of whom have a real shot at the NFL).

    Say what you will about Lupoi, it was clear from day one that he had that fire in the belly to be a coach and was willing to put in the long hours/pay his dues to learn how to do it. Zach might be cut from the same cloth, who knows?

  • abe

    we are forgetting the fact that Zack can also turn out be a great recruiter, maybe not as elite as Tosh, because he is passionate, has energy and youth and leadership skills which should help him connect with recruits.

  • Juancho

    From a practical sense, I think Follet’s very vocal religious beliefs will hurt him in his pursuit of a position with Cal. It could hurt with recruiting too because not everyone is a capital C Christian.

    A lot of Cal folks, including myself are rubbed the wrong way by religion being so out in the open. Whether I’m right or wrong or neither, Follet can sometimes be a little Tim Tebow-ish with his religious beliefs.

    I’m of the belief that we need an elite defensive line coach. We have talent in house and developing it will be the key. Bring in an NFL guy. Bring in a proven guy.

  • rollonubears

    Yeah, that’s a good point. Plus, it’s tough to convince somebody to crush a guy in the name of Jesus.

  • covinared

    For all his accolades and physical ability, Follet went very low in the draft, and didn’t make the final cut on the worst team in the nfl. He got a call up half way through the season, and was basically a situational player. He did one thing very well, crashing around the end and unloading on someone who was usually looking the other way. Linebackers need to make reads, fight off blocks and tackle guys, sometimes in the open field, that are trying to avoid you and have room to run. Zack was not good in any of those areas, but as they say, those that can’t do, teach.

  • John

    UW taking our recievers coach only make sense from the recruiting stand point. It’s not as though this guy has done anyhing substantial everywhere he’s coached. On the other hand Tosh is a good coach with a proven track record who has sent guys to the NFL. Proves Sarkisian is just trying to go at our WR recruits. I hope the kids see the hypocrisy, and if some switch, at least they avoid UW.

  • John

    The Cincy guy sounds great!
    Clearly we need and can find someone who has had actual coaching experience. Follett just doesn’t.

    BTW, In Mathew Jesus states something to the effect: When you pray, pray to your Father in secret, silently. Not like those hypocrits you see praying at Temple ot on the street corners.
    When I see Teibown that’s what comes to mind and I jsut have such an aversion to that stuff.

  • John

    Maybe there is staff from the Raiders available given the upheavel going on there?

  • rollonubears

    Why is Lupoi’s twitter site still a shrine to Cal? Does he have to pass a physical as part of the massive new contract?

  • randumbear

    Rollonbears, I think he’s waiting to take pictures of his boat so that he can post it all over the place.

  • randumbear

    Jauncho, I not a religious guy myself, but why can’t a guy express his beliefs when he wants? Didn’t you go to Cal? It’s called free speech.

  • Juancho

    Randum, he definitely can and should. It’s his life and his beliefs.

    I’m just saying I can see how it can rub some folks the wrong way. And I admit it rubs me the wrong way. And that’s a personal thing. I’m just thinking about how not every recruit and their family would take the Jesus reference so well all the time.

    I’m an Episcopalean so I’m technically religious. But it may be a personal failing of mine that when folks put their religion out there too much, when it’s not asked for, it rubs me the wrong way.

    In my earlier post I even said I may be wrong for it. I’m open to that.

    But I never said he shouldn’t say what he wants. Of course he should. I even support his decision in case he decides to marry a guy. He can and should live his life.

    Exciting player when he was here. But as far as coaching that D line, not enough experience. The Line is where we hit a home run in last year’s recruiting class. Those guys need to be turned into all americans. Not just being baby sat by a recruiter. That’s my beef with Tosh. I never saw the development of the linemen. I thought their play was underwhelming.

    There’s an earlier post on Kiesau. His resume includes developing DeSean Jackson, Geoff MacArthur, Robert Jordan, Lavelle Hawkins, and when he was at Colorado one of his receivers broke a bunch of records.

    He can coach.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    T O N Y G O N Z A L E Z

    The comment I posted on his Facebook “Don’t forget to come back to Cal and coach when you retire” – was met with great enthusiasm.

    He would take care of our recruiting issues.

  • calgrizzlybear

    damn if we could get tony to coach TE that would be nice

  • Juancho

    Tony gonzalez and andre carter

  • covinared

    Why not Chuck Muncie?

  • Juancho

    What about Joe Kapp ? I believe he has the fight to do it.

  • Doug

    What about Johnny Jernigan at Sam Houston State? He’s won wherever he’s gone. Don’t know why he’s never been picked up by an FBS. Unfortunately, Arik probably requires something more proven.

  • John

    Collin’s also coached TJ Houshmandzadeh and Isaac Bruce. Now that’s what I’m talking about. MacArthur, Jordan,and Hawkins were fine college recievers, but obviously not in the same league with the above, Steve Smith, and Chad 85. Nobody coached DeSean. He is pure talent and was not coachable.Rivals reports there is serious talk going on with Collins and Tedford. One door closes,another opens.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    LOL @juancho Doug how did you know about Sam Houston State? They lost in the championship game this year but that was their only loss.

    I’ll stick with Tony Gonzalez though – for recruiting.