Arkansas OC Dan Enos lands on assistants destined to become head coaches list
When former Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney left Fayetteville following the 2014 season, head coach Bret Bielema had a tough decision on his hands. The Razorbacks had an experienced unit returning for 2015 that had begun to show real progress following Bielema’s first two seasons in the SEC. Making a wrong decision when hiring a new offensive coordinator could have potentially set the unit back after making so many strides after two seasons.
Thankfully for Razorback fans, Bielema hit one out of the park by luring Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos to SEC country to run his offense. The move seemed like an odd decision to many at the time, as Enos led his team to two bowl games in three seasons and did not have a losing record during his final three seasons as a MAC head coach.
Despite some initial second guessing of Enos’ decision, the move has proven to be a stroke of genius for all parties involved.
Enos has quickly proven to be one of the nation’s best offensive coordinators for Arkansas with Georgia and the Baltimore Ravens rumored to be among the team’s interested in his services the last two offseasons. Not only has the Arkansas offense taken steps forward under Enos, but he also managed to get the most out of much-maligned quarterback Brandon Allen, helping the Razorback legacy finish his career with an outstanding senior season which led to his selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
A season later, Enos helped develop Austin Allen into arguably the SEC’s best quarterback in his first season starting for the Razorbacks. Allen’s first two games of the season were particularly impressive, as the first-year starter led two fourth-quarter last-minute drives that either won the game or forced overtime.
Following two highly successful seasons in Fayetteville, Enos has popped up on a list of assistants destined to become head coaches again. According to Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports, Enos ranks No. 6 on his list.
Here’s what Myerberg had to say regarding Enos:
Why did Enos leave Central Michigan for Arkansas after the 2014 season? Because even as he won games for the Chippewas — reaching bowl eligibility in each of his final three years, for example — Enos knew he’d be a more attractive candidate as an SEC assistant than as a head coach in the Mid-American Conference. What seemed like a strange move then could prove to be a shrewd decision.
If his reputation continues to grow and the Arkansas offense again shows progress under his third year with the team, don’t be surprised if Enos leaves Fayetteville to become a head coach next offseason.