2013 Army Report Card: Coaching

Troy Calhoun and Rich Ellerson

Army's 2013 football team the season 3-9 and ended the season with a record setting 12th straight loss to rival Navy. ArmySports.com will evaluate every Army team unit and assign a grade. Look inside to see the postseason report card for the Black Knight coaching staff.

COACHING: F
After the defeating Eastern Michigan the Black Knights record stood at 3-4. The schedule set up favorably as Army was to face teams with a combined 6-28 record including three team that had not beaten an FBS team in 2013. Army lost all four games. The 34-7 loss against Navy ended the Ellerson tenure. Ellerson's team played hard at Michie Stadium, even against their toughest opponent Stanford. On the road they were consistently badly outplayed. The only game they played well on the road was their victory over Louisiana Tech.

Offensive coordinator Ian Shields did the best job on the staff. However, there were too many games where the offense failed to put together a key drive or in the case of the Western Kentucky game get a first down. Defensive co-coordinators Chris Smeland and Payam Saadat defense allowed four teams to score 40 or more points. Army's defense lacked athleticism and speed due to injuries and recruiting attrition. The lack of athleticism is noticeable on special teams. I believe this was a solid X's and O's staff. I think the issue has been in recruiting depth. Wayne Moses did a nice job with the running backs curing the chronic fumbling issue. Luke Thompson's return teams were terrible.

I believe Ellerson addressed the recruiting shortfalls the last few years but he won't be around to enjoy the fruits of his recruiting labor. Army needed to win some games down the stretch against mediocre competition leading up to Navy and lost all four. Ellerson's failure left superintendent Lieutenant General Robert Caslen and athletic director Boo Corrigan no choice but to fire him.

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