It’s always interesting when a coach, who seemingly signs on with a team, continues to look for new opportunities elsewhere. Usually, when you sign a contract and agree to work for an employer, the job-hunt ends there, but not for New York Giants’ OLB coach, Bret Bielema, who’s seeking a head coaching gig at the collegiate level.
Bielema was passed over for the Michigan State job, which allowed the Giants to continue forward with their original plan that would feature the former New England man on defense. However, opportunities begin to unveil themselves as Colorado now has an opening, and there’s “mutual interest.”
#Giants OLBs coach and senior defensive assistant Bret Bielema is interviewing for the head coaching job at the University of Colorado, sources say. The former Wisconsin and Arkansas coach could be back in college.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 17, 2020
What did New York Giants’ Joe Judge have to say about Bret Bielema:
Giants’ new head coach, Joe Judge, has been nothing but advocational for Bielema, who brings positivity and relatability.
“There’s a lot of things (to like) about Bret,” Judge said. “I think Bret brings a great personality to the group, brings a great perspective on how he sees the game, he’s coached the front for some time, he’s coordinated defenses at a high level. Players respond to Bret in a positive way. He has a great way of teaching, he has a great way of getting the guys motivated, and he gets the most out of his players.
“He brings experience from the NFL, as well as college, so not only does he understand what’s going on in the league now, he understands what the players coming from college are used to and how to better translate the trends they’re going to see.”
Ideally, Bielema would stay put with Big Blue and help form a new defensive unit for years to come, but Judge must have a backup plan in place if he wishes to develop his outside linebackers successfully. As of now, Bret is still set to feature as the OLB coach, but things can change very quickly as colleges plug new HCs into position.