Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Charlie Baggett?

I am going to be moving Around the Pac Ten Blogs to Thursday rather than Wednesday until spring football starts. It makes more sense to do that during basketball season.

As recruiting winds down we are going to be covering that till signing day. Immediately after that we will do a pre Spring Preview on the state of the team going into next year. Soon after that we will be reviewing the recruiting classes of the rest of the league.

Bob Condotta in his blog thinks there is a pretty good chance that Charlie Baggett former WR coach of the Miami Dolphins will be Washington's new wide receivers coach. Condotta goes on to say it makes a lot of sense since both Ty, and him grew up in North Carolina, and attended Michigan State at the same time. Charlie was a QB at North Carolina.

This is an article detailing their friendship from 2002 when Ty was at Notre Dame.

Here is the Miami bio on Charlie.....pretty impressive if you ask me. Should be a big upgrade on the field over Yarber. He also has 14 years experience as a college coach so he knows how to recruit. Nothing against Yarber, he did a great job while he was here, but he was never Willinghams guy. This move if it happens improves the coaching staff. Baggett has plenty of time in the NFL so returning a couple to get his pension is not a concern because he is already vested. Keith Gilbertson was always a lock to return to the NFL in some capacity at some time so he could vest his pension. That is exactly why he is currently with the Seahawks. A shout out to Mike Holmgren for making that happen.

Back to Charlie Baggett. The Miami job was his second stint working under Saban, as he was the wide receivers/associate head coach on Saban's Michigan State staff from 1995-98. He also worked on the same staff as Saban at Michigan State from 1983-87.

In Baggett's first year with the Dolphins, Chris Chambers turned in the most productive season of his five-year NFL career with 82 receptions for 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns, as Chambers became the first Dolphins wide receiver to be named to the Pro Bowl since Irving Fryar in 1994. It marked the ninth time in Baggett’s nine seasons as an NFL assistant that a receiver put forth a 1,000-yard effort (Minnesota 6, Green Bay 2, Miami 1).

Prior to joining the Dolphins, Baggett spent the previous five seasons as wide receivers coach in Minnesota. With the Vikings, Baggett oversaw the development of All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss. Under the first four years of Baggett’s tutelage (2000-03), Moss caught 376 passes for 5,649 yards and 49 touchdowns, all of which ranked in the top three in the NFL over this four-year stretch. Overall in Baggett’s five seasons with the Vikings, two different receivers made a total of four Pro Bowl appearances (Cris Carter – 2000; Randy Moss – 2000, 2002-03). In 2004, Nate Burleson, a 2003 third-round draft choice, broke through with 68 receptions for 1,006 yards and nine touchdowns.

Baggett joined the Vikings following a one-year stint in the same position with the Green Bay Packers in 1999. In his lone year there, two different Packers surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau, including Antonio Freeman (74-1,074) and Bill Schroeder (74-1,051).

Prior to that, he served as wide receivers/associate head coach under Saban at Michigan State for four years (1995-98), his second stint with the Spartans, having also coached at the East Lansing school from 1983-92, during which time he tutored both the wide receivers and running backs under former Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach George Perles.

Overall, in his 14 seasons at MSU, Baggett coached such future NFL stars as Daryl Turner, Mark Ingram, Andre Rison, Lorenzo White, Plaxico Burress, Muhsin Muhammad, Derrick Mason and Courtney Hawkins. In between stints at Michigan State was Baggett’s first stop as an NFL assistant, when he coached the Houston Oilers wide receivers from 1993-94. In his first season with the team, Haywood Jeffires, Webster Slaughter and Ernest Givins all ranked among the top 12 in the AFC in receiving, while Jeffires and Slaughter were selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad.

After beginning his collegiate playing career at the University of North Carolina in 1971, Baggett transferred to Michigan State, where he played his final three seasons (1973-75). He started all three years at quarterback for the Spartans, and had his best year as a junior in 1974 when he posted 1,713 total yards and 21 touchdowns, and was named the Big 10 Conference’s MVP by the Chicago Tribune. He had a brief stint with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before beginning his collegiate coaching career, tutoring the wide receivers and running backs at Bowling Green in 1977 under former Michigan State head coach Denny Stolz. He served the next four years in that position before moving on to the University of Minnesota as wide receivers coach in 1981. A two-year stay with the Golden Gophers preceded his first stop at Michigan State.

That my friends is what I call a great resume.

1 comment:

prrbrr said...

HIE, if he is indeed the heir apparent, then what a great hire. I am going to wait just a few more days b4 I celebrate until the official announcement. Hope Condotta is correct however.