INDIANAPOLIS†ó Former Iowa guard Adam Gettis was shocked when he found out offensive line coach Reese Morgan shifted to the defensive line as part of Iowa's coaching shuffle.
"Oh my gosh," Gettis said today at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. "Iím not a big fan of it, but youíve got to do whatís best for the team. I believe thatís what heís doing. Heís a great coach. Heís brought through linemen such as Julian Vandervelde, (Marshal) Yanda, those guys. I know heís going to do that for our D-line."
Gettis said he respects Morgan as a teacher and how he helped him develop into a second-team all-Big Ten guard in 2011. Gettis also said Brian Ferentz will be a good addition as Iowa's new offensive line coach.
"When (Morgan) gets after you, he gets after you," Gettis said. "But heís a real cool, calm, collected guy if youíre doing the right thing. Heís going to bring a lot of talent to that side of the ball. Thereís going to be a lot of learning done for the D-line, and thereís going to be a lot of teaching done. Thatís going to help us overall.
"(Brian Ferentz)†came and talked to us all the time. Iíve been there five years, so heís been in and out of the building like all the time. I believe thatís a great pick for the offensive line coach. The older guys were saying that if anybody would come in and be the offensive line coach, it would be Brian Ferentz. Thatís what we truly believe.
"(Brian Ferentz)†likes to yell and get after guys a little bit more than Coach Morgan, but thatís a good thing. It only helps make you better."
Ferentz, son of head coach Kirk Ferentz and a former Iowa team captain at center, left his job as New England Patriots tight ends coach to join the Hawkeyes.
Gettis, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 280 pounds,†was one of three Iowa offensive linemen participating in drills, medical exams†and interviews the invitation-only combine. Gettis has been training in Arizona this offseason and said he's completely healthy.
Gettis said the techniques and fundamentals he learned at Iowa will help him transition to the next level.
"I think Iíve got a little bit of speed that people donít think I have," he said. "So Iíd like to show off my speed a little bit."
He met with most of the teams and said "none†of the questions were too over the top."
"I say the hardest question I got was how long have you been dating your girlfriend?" he said, laughing. "I guess, thatís probably the worst one Iíve got so far."
So, how long?"Itís been five years."