INDIANAPOLIS — I’m not sure how the name of New York Giants linebacker coach Jim Herrmann started floating around in Iowa as a candidate to become the Iowa football team’s next defensive coordinator.
But, out there it is. So I asked Herrmann about it on Thursday at the Giants’ Super Bowl press conference.
“I haven’t talked to anybody (about the Iowa job),” Herrmann said.
“All I’ve been doing is trying to beat the Patriots.”
Ferentz has a scheduled news conference next Wednesday, presumably to announce his next defensive coordinator.
“I’m hoping so, I’m hoping so,” Ferentz said. “I think we’ll be able to make an announcement, if HR [human relations] lets us.”
Herrmann did have a phone discussion with Iowa wide receivers coach Erik Campbell Wednesday.
“The only reason I talked to Soup (Campbell), we worked together at Michigan. Every year I wish him luck on Signing Day because it’s a big day for college coaches.”
If Herrmann knows all the ins and outs of Hawkeye football, he’s a good actor. Because he asked me if Norm Parker had retired as Iowa’s defensive coordinator, and he asked who Iowa’s offensive coordinator was. He said he didn’t know if Ken O’Keefe was still the OC or not, and called him “a real good coach.”
Herrmann played for Bo Schembechler at Michigan and was a graduate assistant and volunteer coach for Schembechler. When Gary Moeller succeeded Schembechler, he promoted Herrmann to assistant coach. When Lloyd Carr replaced Moeller, Herrmann was elevated to defensive coordinator, a position he held for nine years.
“Every offseason I would always go and try to pick the best NFL teams, see I knew somebody on their staffs, go there and try to get set up with film and talk to coaches, just to see how their game was and what I could fit into our game as Michigan’s coordinator.”
Six years ago, Herrmann left Michigan to become linebackers coach of the New York Jets. After three years with the Jets, he is in his third year on Tom Coughlin’s Giants staff.
“I can close my eyes in our staff meetings and it’s like I’m sitting in a staff meeting with Coach Schembechler,” said Herrmann, who is 51. “It’s ‘This is the way it is, this is what we do, this is when we come to work, how we do things.’ There is no gray. It’s black and white. It’s a refreshing deal.
“I think our team enjoys playing for Tom because he’s the same guy every day. There were some times during the season that didn’t look so good, but Tom stayed the course, believed what he believed in. I think that’s really what got us where we were.
“That’s the way Bo was. ‘I know we’re gonna win this way, this is the way we’re gonna do it.’ That’s how Tom is.”
Herrmann coached against Iowa many times, obviously.
“I enjoyed those battles, to be honest with you,” he said. “Because you knew you had to be at the top of your game.
The coach lauded Giants rookie safety Tyler Sash of Iowa.
“He’s not in my group, but he mixes with my four rookies,” the coach said. “I love Tyler Sash. He’s a typical Iowa football player, tough, aggressive, smart, a great person. If I was his age, he’d probably be one of my buddies.
“He was a good pick for us. He’s kind of found his niche this year.”
Herrmann graciously agreed to speak about Sash on video, and here it is:
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