Adding former head coaches as analysts/assistants has become a common practice for Nick Saban at Alabama. Now, Steve Sarkisian is following in the footsteps of his former boss by going out and bringing in former big name head coaches to the Texas Longhorns staff. Who is he trying to bring in this time around? Find out below!
David Cutcliffe is the former head coach of Ole Miss and Duke. Cutcliffe took over an abysmal Duke program and turned them into a contender in the ACC Coastal for several years. Cutcliffe is also a well know and well-respected coach around the country. He is most notably known for his development of the quarterback position.
Who are some of the biggest quarterbacks he has coached? Well, that’s an easy one. Cutcliffe coached and developed both Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. Peyton Manning as we all know is considered a top 5 quarterback in NFL history, and Eli Manning completed an 18-year Hall of Fame career in New York only 3 short seasons ago.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself why would Sark want to hire a 67-year-old coach who mutually parted way with Duke a year ago. Well, Cutcliffe has a couple things that Sark really wants.
Cutcliffe has been coaching football for a very long time. He has coached at the collegiate level for almost 40 years. I don’t know about you, but for me 40 years is almost double my age. Sark having that experience in his ear constantly is something I think he desperately wants.
One thing I have noticed about the current staff is that they’re relatively young. That is not always a bad thing, but it is also not always a good thing. Being able to have that blend of experience and young up and comers is something I think Sarkisian is trying to address with the addition of Gary Patterson and possibly David Cutcliffe.
#2. Relationship With The Mannings
Cutcliffe was Peyton’s OC/QB coach at the University of Tennessee, and he was Eli’s HC at Ole Miss. However, their relationship goes deeper than being coached by Cutcliffe for a few years. David Cutcliffe was also Peyton and Eli’s QB coach during the offseason while the 2 brothers played in the NFL. I found this short clip from YouTube that should give you a better understanding of their relationship. You can watch the 3-minute clip here.
By now I hope you have put 2 and 2 together. The #1 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class (via 247 Sports) is Arch Manning, nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning. If Sarkisian is able to add Cutcliffe to this staff in any capacity that would immediately give the Texas Longhorns a leg up in the Arch Manning sweepstakes. With Quinn Ewers already on campus that would give Arch a season to sit behind Ewers and learn the offense before becoming the starter for the 2024 season.
David Cutcliffe is a phenomenal coach and has a long track record of developing NFL quarterbacks. If Sark is able to add Cutcliffe to the staff it would only add to an already impressive off season for the Texas Longhorns. The smoke is starting to grow around Cutcliffe, but as we saw with Gary Patterson the timeline for a decision won’t be rushed.