It was announced this morning that Georgia Southern offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse has been relieved of his quarterback coach and play calling duties, effective immediately.
Georgia Southern Makes a Change at Offensive Coordinator— Georgia Southern Football (@GSAthletics_FB) November 29, 2020
Doug Ruse will serve as interim offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the remainder of the season.
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Tight ends coach Doug Ruse will serve as interim offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the final two games against Florida Atlantic and Appalachian State. Ruse was OC under former Eagles coach Willie Fritz from 2014-15.
Things had gotten worse each year under DeBesse’s tenure, as illustrated by the stats below:
Offensive PPG under Bob DeBesse:— Brian Stone (@WatchTheStone) November 29, 2020
2018: 30.5 (52nd)
2019: 28.2 (70th)
2020: 27.0 (77th)
This team has literally gotten worse every year under DeBesse’s watch.
The Eagles are currently 6-4 after falling to rival Georgia State on Saturday, and have beaten just one team with a winning record all season.
Georgia Southern has only scored 30 or more points in three games this year, against opponents in UMass, UL Monroe and Texas State that are a combined 2-23.
If the offense shows more life under Ruse than it did DeBesse, the Eagles could have its permanent answer at OC, although the deck is stacked against Ruse with the loss of leading rusher J.D. King to injury and Wesley Kennedy III to arrest and indefinite suspension.
Either way, all options should be on the table as to who the next offensive coordinator of Georgia Southern should be.