Louisville football won’t have an offensive coordinator in 2021.
It’s an interesting proclamation for Satterfield who had previously welcomed offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford as the co-offensive coordinator in 2019 and 2020. However, Ledford left the program to become the Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach this offseason.
Why would Satterfield choose this route?
There were a multitude of qualified options if Satterfield wanted to promote an offensive coordinator internally including wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer. He didn’t choose to go in that direction. But why?
It’s possible that he simply wants more opinions from those he values in a way that gives his offensive positional coaches an equal piece of the opinion pie. Satterfield is fully capable of calling offensive plays. He has done so going back to his head coaching days at Appalachian State. But all great football minds are always willing to adapt.
It gives Louisville’s coaches the chance to feel like they have a valued opinion when consulting about decisions being made to the offense whether that is Brewer’s wide receivers or Jack Bicknell Jr.’s offensive line.
Satterfield had a chance to hire an offensive coordinator when safeties coach ShaDon Brown left. That would have obviously left Bryan Brown to coach the entire defensive back room. But it could have made some sense. Instead, he elected to hire another safeties coach and pursue this road.
The Cardinals have a lot of turnover to address at the skill positions while continuity at quarterback with Malik Cunningham and the entire offensive line from a year ago all returning.
If it weren’t for turnovers in 2020, the Cardinals would have had similar production from 2019 that produced favorable results. Satterfield now has the roster he wanted to assemble when he recruited all of these players out of high school. Now is the time to make that image whole.