5. Phil Longo, North Carolina OC
There is a good chance that you don’t even know who this is, but you know who does? A.J. Brown.
As a freshman, A.J. Brown caught just 29 passes for 412 yards and 2 touchdowns. After that season Phil Longo was hired to be the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss and over the next two seasons, A.J. Brown caught 160 passes for over 2,500 yards and 17 touchdowns.
This isn’t just about Longo’s time at Ole Miss though, let’s talk about where he is now.
Longo is the OC at North Carolina where he grabbed headlines by having the best 1-2 punch at running back in college football. They used that tandem to rank top-5 in yards per play and near the top of the NCAA in points per game, but they weren’t limited to the running game.
UNC’s offense had two 1,000 yard receivers in Longo’s first season (2019) and Dynami Brown did it again this season.
An offense that thrives by running the ball but that also shows the ability to showcase two high-level receivers? Does that sound familiar to anyone else?
It isn’t a name that I have seen a lot, but given the connection to A.J. Brown, his recent success, and the similarities to the Tennessee Titans current offense, I would love to see him get an interview for the job.