There are four NFL coordinators whose SEC alma maters either have a job vacancy or could have one.
Here’s a look at the quartet, listed alphabetically.
Alma mater: Texas A&M
Role: New Orleans defensive coordinator
The skinny: Allen, 45, was a starting safety for two years on the Aggies’ “Wrecking Crew” defense under then-coach R.C. Slocum (we’ll pause here for a second for all A&M fans to sigh at the mention of the “Wrecking Crew”). His final season was 1995 and he was a grad assistant at A&M from 1996-99. He then was secondary coach at Tulsa for two seasons before he was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive quality control assistant. After four seasons in that kind of role with the Falcons, Allen became the Saints’ assistant defensive line coach in 2006-07. He was the Saints’ secondary coach from 2008-10, then became Denver’s defensive coordinator in 2011. He was the Oakland Raiders’ coach from 2012-14, then was re-hired by the Saints as a defensive assistant in early 2015. Allen was promoted to coordinator in November 2015 and remains in that role. His defense has been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season.
Jim Bob Cooter
Alma mater: Tennessee
Role: Detroit offensive coordinator
The skinny: Cooter, 33, a Tennessee native, played in three games in three seasons as a backup quarterback for the Vols from 2003-05. He was a graduate assistant on Phillip Fulmer’s final two Vols teams, in 2007 and ’08. He moved on to the Indianapolis Colts as an offensive assistant from 2009-11. He was an offensive quality control coach for Kansas City in 2012, then became an offensive assistant with Denver in 2013. Cooter was hired as Detroit’s quarterback coach in 2014, and he was promoted to offensive coordinator during the 2015 season when Joe Lombardi was fired at midseason.
Alma mater: Arkansas
Role: Chicago offensive coordinator
The skinny: Loggains, 37, an Arkansas native, was a 5-foot-6 walk-on quarterback at Arkansas who did a little bit of everything – he held for kicks, he was a scout-team quarterback, he sent in signals from the sideline, he helped coordinate practices in the summer. He finished up his career at Arkansas in 2003. Loggains always wanted to be a coach, and in 2005, he became a scouting assistant with the Dallas Cowboys. He moved on to become a coaching administrative assistant with the Tennessee Titans in 2006-07, then moved into a quality control role with the Titans in 2008-09. He was the Titans’ quarterback coach from 2010-11 and their offensive coordinator from 2012-13. Loggains was Cleveland’s quarterback coach in 2014, then became the Bears’ quarterback coach in 2015. He was promoted to OC before the 2016 season.
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