Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coffey Settling in as Tomcats' Offensive Coordinator

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coffey Settling in as Tomcats' Offensive Coordinator

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Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer

Raines High School football coach Welton Coffey only expected to lend a hand and learn a few tricks of the trade when he accepted Jacksonville Tomcats coach Ron McCrone's offer to be the second-year arenafootball2 team's receivers and defensive backs coach prior to this season.

During the last few weeks, Coffey has begun to see the bigger picture.

He job demands it.

As the Tomcats' new offensive coordinator, Coffey must be aware of every aspect of the team's offensive scheme and be mindful of an opponent's counterattack.

"Before, I was just focusing on the receivers, making sure they were running the right routes, at the right depth," said Coffey, who will call his sixth game of the season when the Tallahassee Thunder (6-5) visits the Coliseum to play the Tomcats (6-5) tomorrow night. "Now, all of a sudden, I'm watching the coverages. I'm watching the steps of the quarterbacks. I'm also watching the blocks of the linemen to make sure they're picking up the right folks . . . and how the defense is adjusting."

Coffey, 33, became the Tomcats' offensive coordinator when Chad Davis left midway through the season to join the coaching staff on his brother's af2 team, the Richmond Speed. Although Coffey said he's "having a ball," he hasn't had time to revel in his promotion.

At the time of Davis' departure, the Tomcats were 4-2 and had just lost second-year starting quarterback Jeff McCrone to a hand injury, leaving Coffey to train first-year QB Jeff McCool. McCool went down during his second start, so Coffey had to prepare newcomer Jason Cue to start.

The Tomcats lost three games in a row while Coffey adjusted to his new role.

Now the offense is clicking. And the Tomcats have won their last two games.

"I think he's an excellent coach," Ron McCrone said. "He has a great rapport with the players and knows how to motivate them." Coffey hopes his position with the Tomcats helps him gain an edge for his job as Raines' football coach. …

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