Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Morris out as Yale offensive coordinator

Sources confirmed Tuesday that Kevin Morris is no longer the offensive coordinator at Yale and will accept a coaching position at Monmouth.

Morris served as the Bulldogs offensive coordinator for two seasons. He is no longer listed among the coaches on the YaleBulldogs.com website.

Yale head coach Tony Reno and Morris did not return emails or phone calls on Tuesday.

Yale was ranked No. 7 of the eight Ivy League teams in total offense in 2012 and fifth last season.

Morris was recently a finalist for the Central Connecticut State head coaching position. He was head coach at UMass from 2009-11.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK Now take your time. Get someone for whom winning is an obsession. Tim Tebow?? Mike McLeod?? Get a great.one. Good luck. Why do I care so much?

2:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We wish Kevin Morris good luck at Monmouth. He chronically underperformed in his capacity as OC an QB coach. I would interested to know if he left voluntarily and who will be the replacement. Hint someone at Princeton or Lehigh.

2:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin Morris was an awful awful coach at Yale. He would have been fired after Princeton 2012 if Reno had previous experience as a head coach. Awful QB coach, awful coordinator. Good riddance.

5:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets hope the O like coach gets the nod for OC. Conlin's five have performed solidly for two years. And he has recruited well.

5:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the most important news of the off season. There is no question Conlin will be promoted to OC. That would be the whole reason they would get rid of Morris. Now we have a chance of seeing what this offense, run correctly, might be capable of. This will be like taking the ankle weights off a sprinter right before his 100 yard dash. Next year just got a lot more exciting.

8:31 PM 
Anonymous Richard Patrick 57 said...

When Morris was selected, I thought it was an exciting choice for Yale because of his remarkable success at UMass. Who would have guessed he would be such a problem?

9:51 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news Ihope the next OC and Qb will be effective. Care about this team..

2:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Run the friggin ball. Beef up the line and give Varga the ball 30 times per game and if you don't win I am a monkey's uncle. And get a big QB that can run.

5:09 PM 
Anonymous Mark said...

I wish him luck, but it was time for a change. And I hope I NEVER see another bubble screen again.

9:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morris left on his own accord. Reno wouldn't allow him to run an offense that was tailored to their personnel. Reno is at fault for the lack of progress on offense. Morris' hands were tied. He was smart to get out.

9:29 AM 
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3:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is not very objective reporting there Chris. There are reasons for everything. You just have to dig a bit below the surface.

6:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:08pm - Unfortunately Chris NEVER does objective reporting. He seems too concerned about losing access to cover a team that no one else in the local media cares about. He choses to act as the extended mouthpiece of the Yale Football team.

Chris you have the hammer because if you do not cover them they will get no coverage. The key word is objective. Try asking a tough question every now and then. When players who are contributing leave the team do you ever ask why? Do you ask why a particular decision was made? DO you ask why we see so much turnover in the 2 deep AFTER the games start?

It is not being divisive, it is being a reporter. If you ever hope to move on to bigger and better things you must learn how to navigate through this process. Otherwise you are either a glorified YFB cheerleader or a glorified note taker.


7:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son was going to yale because of coach Morris. We wish him well. My son will miss being coached by Morris for sure.

12:13 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure you don't, but pay no heed to the sad fellow who styles himself TT. It's too bad he's become fixated on Portal 31, but he probably has few other outlets.
I thought we wouldn't hear from him again until 2/2/15, the next groundhog day.
You know you're on the right track if TT's kvetching at you. Keep doing what you're doing. It's much appreciated.
Sincerely yours, Someone who is not related by blood or marriage to you or Coach Reno.

2:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morris was demoted from OC/QB coach to WR coach, a move he didn't appreciate so he started to look for work elsewhere. Cahill will be the new QB coach and Conlin will call the plays. This move was necessary to improve team morale, as not a single player was confident Morris could run a championship offense. Who could really blame them? He was terrible at the most crucial times in his two years at Yale.

Look for Morgan Roberts to emerge at QB, he and Morris never worked well together, but then again Morris did not work well with any of the QBs. Nice guy, awful coach. This move will ignite a flame under Roberts' a** and the team believes he is capable of leading them.

The importance of this change cannot be understated. Conlin is an unbelievable coach and the players love him. This offense will be much improved from top to bottom.

10:17 PM 
Anonymous Eli fan said...

It's hilarious when the yale coaches respond to these blogs...in an attempt to make themselves feel better. Those who point blame on anyone other than Reno do not know the truth. Morris was smart to get out! Good luck Yale. You're going to need it.

7:41 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks 10:17 PM.
It's always a pleasure to read something informative and rational here.
I too think Morgan Roberts may be our best QB hope for 2014 and voted for him in the C. Hunn poll which appears to have been used by some to express their dissatisfaction with the status quo by voting over and over for an incoming freshman.

7:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must have been watching a different Roberts. The one I watched had many opportunities to earn the spot and never delivered.

A 4 TD to 4 INT ratio. He was never able to get anything going. Never look comfortable running the show.

He did however look like a pretty good receiver.

Scott on the other hand, made the most of his opportunities. Always seemed to be in control and making good decisions. The team responded well to his leadership. Good things seemed to happen with the ball in his hands.

8:34 PM 
Anonymous Richard Patrick 57 said...

I agree with 8:34. If Scott is given the job at the beginning of the season, he will improve even more! It must be tough for a team not to have one quarterback to rally around, and even more so to wonder who is going to play this week.

12:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree even though I like Scott who is at best a good backup. Scott's performance at Princeton was average. if he is to become the starter there would have to be a vast improvement.

1:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roberts will be the starter after spring football because he is bigger and faster than Scott. Who ends up the starter after the freshmen show up remains to be seen.

1:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching the boys play last year.it seemed Roberts just did not seem comfortable.
Scott on the other hand did.Buta season can add alot to players maturity. i hope they all have a great spring.
Eric williams, on the other hand is to much of a talent. To sit on the bench. Move him to WR he did well in the JV games.
Heres to all even TT JON HARRIS

2:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Scott's performance against Princeton was average."

Let's see how Scott's Stats from that game compared to Epperly, Ivy Player of the Year:

Scott - 22/29 for 240yrds, 3 TD's, 1 INT

Epperly - 24/40 for 221yrds, 3 TD's, 0 INT

So, Scott sits out the entire season and never works with the starting O, then is called upon in his first start against the top team in the Ivy and proceeds to pretty much match stat for stat with the Epperly, not sure I'd call that average.

After having been inserted for considerable playing time in every previous game, let's see how Roberts fared in his only start against Penn:

Roberts - 20/34 for 193yrds, 2 TD's, 2 INT's

Just sayin'

4:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott was average at princeton one TD pass on a fluke deflection and another late in the game when it did not matter. Do not get me wrong I like this kid but he is not the answer for starting Qb unless we can run the ball like Princeton did against us. By the way not one Coach Reno's best performance that day.

4:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of the current QBs have the skill set required to run the spread offense. Anyone that thinks otherwise is delusional. All are too fragile to run the ball 20 times per game. Roberts and Williams lack the mechanics to be accurate passers and Scott is just too small. The fact that the coaches could not come to this conclusion in the past two years does not say much about their coaching ability. Time to change the offense to match the abilities of the players available or it will be another long season. This time it will not be the OC who is on the chopping block!

6:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me when I tell you the former OC wanted to do things very differently. He was told to run the offense in a my way or the highway mentality. He chose the highway.

7:48 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Scott is to small and not quick enough to run the option. Roberts has potential although for whatever reason stunk last year. This leaves Williams who is a real enigma maybe he is gunshy or did not fully recover from the shoulder injury his freshmen year. Furman who was relegated to a wide reciever looked great at times running and passing in the offense.I think the offense was fine when the quarterback ran to keep the defense honest.Anyone of these three could emerge my bet is on Roberts or Williams not an incoming freshmen.

8:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

. This spring game will give us an indication as to who the coaches are favoring. In my humble opinion I think Scott performed a bit better than Roberts but not sure if either of these young men are the answer. There's way too much offense to swallow for an incoming freshman. Morales is on the depth chart. Maybe we will see some more of him.

8:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are going to run the spread option and are thinking you will have success with any of those playing QB you know zero about this type of offense. The number one reason by a long shot as to why we were not successful is because we did not have a running threat at QB. This has not changed and absolutely gets worse with any of those three. Compound that with inaccurate passing and your offense is a one dimensional threat. The load is all on the RB. Only problem is you end up giving your RB 30 carries per game without any blocking as every play has at least 5 players that are useless to the play and not blocking near the point of attack. So your RB will get gang tackled on every play and it does not matter if he has the ball or not. Eventually your RB will get injured and then your offense is zero dimensional and you just end up looking totally unorganized. Sound familiar? I think its time to do something smart rather than something out of a pipe dream. We have a decent offensive line. Lets start with that and build a plan around them.

10:54 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't Furman graduate this year?

10:05 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Furman is gone I think the referencence to Furman was the offense does work when the QB runs the ball. Qb has to be durable and I dont think the present crop of QB fit the bill. So i agree a new offense should be put in play.

1:39 PM 
Anonymous Richard Patrick 57 said...

10:54 sounds knowledgeable and his overview makes just plain good sense.
Why do the coaches, who are professionals, not see things this way?

Jack Siedleicki(Sp?)made the same mistake his first miserable year of introducing a system that did not fit the players he had. He learned, though, and went on to a winning record over 12 years and 4 victories over Harvard.

5:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never saw Sidleicki make one second half adjustment pretty stubborn unobservant guy. Princeton game at the bowl for one. Started losing streak against Harvard completely blew overtime loss. Where is Jordan Olivar when you need him.

5:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember being very confident we'd figure out a way to lose that overtime game.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually played for this guy years ago. Absolute worst coach I have ever played for at any level. Not only did he not understand the game, but his halftime speeches were embarrassingly nonsensical. He ended a speech once by saying, "now put your hands on your xxxxx and your xxxxx to let you know you're there." The entire team just sort of looked at each other like we had witnessed an accident. Glad to see you haven't learned anything, Kev!

6:37 PM 

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