Here is White’s resume.
2009-2012 – Special teams assistant, Vikings
2005-2008 – Syracuse, wide receivers coach
2004 - Syracuse, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator
2000-2003 – Syracuse, tight ends coach and special teams coordinator
1999 – Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator
1996-1998 – UNLV, linebackers coach and special teams coordinator
1994-1996 – Bishop Manogue High School (Reno, Nev.), head coach
1993 – Holy Cross, quarterbacks coach
1992 – Arkansas, graduate assistant
1990-1991 – Syracuse, graduate assistant
As you can see, “running backs coach” isn’t part of the 45-year-old White’s resume. But 12 years of special teams coaching is, and he is also Iowa’s new special teams coach. If you were hiring someone to do both, I’d rather have someone with 12 years of special teams-coaching under his belt (including four in the NFL) than 12 years of coaching running backs.
Special teams has been and perhaps always will be an undervalued part of a football team. If you can upgrade your performance there, it will almost certainly show up in the won-lost record by year’s end. Living in the present, running backs Damon Bullock and Mark Weisman are pretty good.