Vanderbilt reportedly shifted staff roles leading up to dismal showing against ETSU
Vanderbilt had a rough outing last week against East Tennessee State in a 23-3 loss to open the season.
The Commodores were 5-for-15 on third downs, and had 236 passing yards, but just 85 rushing, with 3 turnovers. QB Ken Seals was 20-for-35 passing for 195 yards with 2 interceptions, and Re’Mahn Davis led the team with 15 carries for 58 yards.
Now comes a report from FootballScoop which said that the Commodores shifted roles on their offensive staff leading up to that game.
Just days before its first game of the Clark Lea era against in-state Football Championship Subdivision program ETSU, Vanderbilt shook up its offensive staff hierarcy, multiple sources told FootballScoop in advance of the Commodores’ opening game.
The Commodores are preparing to lean on passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joey Lynch for greater input and a chief role in the offensive execution and organization.
It appears the shift is away from David Raih, who came to Vanderbilt from the Arizona Cardinals, to Lynch, who was hired from Colorado State. Lynch had spent his previous seven years as an offensive coordinator at the FBS level.
“They’re going to go with the QBs coach basically as the offensive coordinator,” said a person with direct knowledge of the situation. “(Raih) can absolutely coach, but the fit is better with Lynch.”