Rogers: 'I like direction' of Temple football

Posted: April 06, 2012

KEVIN ROGERS, Temple's new associate head coach and quarterbacks coach, brings a reputation for innovative offenses and a taste for dual-threat signal-callers.

He coached Marvin Graves and Donovan McNabb at Syracuse, and as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame in 1999, his offense set a school single-season passing mark. But his coaching success isn't limited to the college ranks. Rogers coached Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson during five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks.

"He is without a doubt one of the best offensive football minds in professional and collegiate football," Temple coach Steve Addazio said of his friend. "His track record . . . speaks for itself.

"His wealth of experiences will be a valuable asset for our players, coaching staff, and the university."

The 60-year-old's coaching tactics are on full display during Temple's spring practices.

Rogers dissects every motion made by the quarterbacks - whether it's a pass, rush or handoff. When he isn't doing that, Rogers is usually coaching up his QBs on the sidelines.

"It's been really a different experience for me working for one of my best friends," Rogers said of joining Addazio's coaching staff in February. "At the same time, it has gone really well. I enjoy our kids. I like the direction of the program."

This will be Rogers' 38th season in coaching.

After his stint with the Vikings, the Brooklyn native was hired last season as Boston College's offensive coordinator. After the Eagles' 0-2 start, Rogers took a leave of absence because of what was termed health reasons. There never was a definitive explanation for Rogers leaving Boston College. There was some speculation at the time that he had been released because of the slow start.

Rogers doesn't like to talk about his brief tenure at BC. Instead, he wants to focus on his opportunity at Temple.

"I'm excited for a lot of reasons," Rogers said. "First of all, I don't think you ever stop growing in terms of being a football coach. This is a new system for me. It's a new-wave spread offense, which I really didn't know much about."

Rogers does, however, know how to get the best out of mobile quarterbacks. And that should be a good thing for Temple's versatile junior, Chris Coyer.

McNabb and Graves both set school passing records and were all-Big East selections under Rogers. In addition to being the 1997 Big East player of the year, McNabb went on to become the second overall pick by the Eagles in the 1999 draft.

One might think Rogers was a star quarterback in his playing days, but that is not the case. He played linebacker at William and Mary in the early 1970s.

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