After Matt Applebaum recently became the new offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins, it was announced Monday that wide receivers coach Joe Dailey is also NFL bound, taking the same position with the Carolina Panthers.
Applebaum oversaw arguably the best offensive unit in the country for the last two seasons, while Dailey helped Zay Flowers, Jalen Gill, CJ Lewis Jehlani Galloway, Kobay White and last year’s freshman phenom Jaden Williams become quite a talented group. Head coach Jeff Hafley has often preached “For The Team” and both of those coaches lived and breathed the motto, as every coach on the staff has. As we reported along with several other outlets last year, coaches turned down NFL jobs or jobs at other universities to stay in Chestnut Hill. Recently hired offensive coordinator John McNulty said the same during his first bit of media availability last week.
Any coach you ask, whether they’re in the NFL, college at any level or even high school, and if they’re good at their job and doing it for the right reasons, they’ll tell you that losing coaches is something they actually want to have happen. It’s not because they don’t respect their ability or get tired of seeing the same faces (they wouldn’t be on the staff in the first place, duh) but because it means the operation is running like a well-oiled machine and people are noticing. Hafley has built a staff that everyone at every level respects on and off the field and now, they’re getting recognized.
It’s tough to replace a coach like Applebaum or Dailey, but there’s no reason to believe that whoever takes over both roles will be any less of a coach or make any less of an impact than either one of them did. Most importantly, despite struggling to cross the eight-win threshold for far too long now, NFL front offices and head coaches see what’s being built over at The Heights and see some of the talent that’s being developed and say “we need that here” when it comes to their coaching staff and talent evaluators.
NFL coaches don’t have to worry about recruiting high school kids, but they do need to worry about hiring position coaches that have an ability to relate to the younger generations of players. Hafley has often talked about “winning with people” and now the NFL believes it can win with some of Hafley’s people.
If that doesn’t excite you, or make you believe that things are absolutely headed in the right direction at Boston College, nothing will.