The Associated Press announced on Monday afternoon that Auburn hired Atlanta Falcons’ Brian VanGorder as defensive coordinator. The position was occupied by Ted Roof until now when coach Gene Chizik decided to contact VanGorder for an offer.
Brian VanGorder worked for four seasons as a defensive coordinator at the Georgia Bulldogs team. He did a tremendous job during this period of time as the Georgia team scored very good results between 2001 and 2004.
During the past four years, VanGorder was a defense coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. The team occupies the second position in red-zone defense based on the results they scored this season. The Falcons are on the sixth place for rushing defense (97 yards a game) and on the 12th thanks to their total defense average of 333.6. Moreover, the Falcons obtained a franchise record due to their four straight winning seasons.
The Atlanta team owes great part of its success to VanGorder’s defensive strategy. The team scored 10-6 this season before losing in the playoffs Sunday to the New York Giants. Now VanGorder prepares himself to meet the Auburn team. The official meeting between the two parties will take place on Wednesday.
The defensive coordinator told reporters in an interview that he is very excited to work with the Auburn team. He thinks this new opportunity will bring lots of positive changes for his career and his family, as well. VanGorger also stated that being in the same team with a professional coach like Gene Chizik is an honor because the latter has managed to lead the program to a national championship.
It is clear that Auburn needed to hire a defense coordinator as soon as possible. The team ranked the 79th due to the registered score of 28.92. The number of allowed yards, that is, 408 brought Auburn on the 81st place. Despite this, the team managed to win the 2010 BCS championship and won the Chick-fil-A Bowl this past season.
Brian VanGorder was hired at the place of former defensive coordinator Ted Roof who signed a contract with Central Florida for the same position. Georgia Tech head coach George O’Leary also works for Central Florida.