Today it was announced that former Boise State quarterback, Bush Hamdan, would be returning to the Broncos in the capacity of offensive coordinator and QBs coach.
This ends months of speculation about who Dirk Koetter’s eventual replacement would be. It had been affirmed by coach Avalos several weeks ago that the new offensive coordinator would be in place prior to the early signing day, which is next week.
A player at Boise State from 2004-2008, it was actually he–not Kellen Moore–that was initially presumed to be the starter for the 2008 season until an injury to his hand. After leaving Boise State, Hamdan got into coaching right away, beginning his career at Colorado as a student assistant. He spent time at Maryland, Sacramento State, and Florida before being named co-OC and QB coach at Arkansas State, under Harsin. From there, his most notable stops include, most recently, three seasons at Mizzou, preceded by two stints with the Washington Huskies, and one year as Matt Ryan’s QB coach for the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 season.
In Hamdan’s first stay in Seattle, Coach Pete entrusted him to be an offensive quality control specialist and eventually quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. When he returned to Washington in 2018, he became a full-fledged offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In his first year in that role, the Huskies won the Pac-12 and made the College Football Playoff. The Huskies averaged 414 yards per game that season.
At his most recent coaching stop, Mizzou, under former Boise State offensive coordinator, Eli Drinkwitz, Hamdan was the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach from 2020-2021. During the 2022 season, he was exclusively the quarterbacks coach but was upgraded to calling plays toward the end of the season. This has led to some consternation among Missouri fans.
If the disappointment of an SEC fanbase in losing him isn’t encouraging, I don’t know what is. Welcome home, Bush Hamdan, and good luck!
I’m really am excited about this hire! It seems like Hamdan excels at calling plays and developing QB’s. If this holds, we are golden!
Really need someone who has plenty of QB and D1 experience.
Looks like a good hire. I’m in a hurry, more later.
Love this hire! From our distinguished coaching tree, but also experienced in the wider world of D-1 football. And a former QB and expert on coaching up QBs. This should be great for Taylen, great for the offense, great for the team. Hope they’re paying him well, so we can keep him around for more than a year!
Bing! Nailed it. A confident play caller with experience at many D1 levels. A confident qb coach with experience in the nfl? Dang. Leaves the sec to come home. Great hire. I was hoping for Mike Sanford but Hamdan might be a better choice. Dang…the financial differences between the have’s and the have not’s is crazy. He was making over $500,000 as a qb coach in the sec…and comes to boise for a little over $400,000 to be an OC/QB coach. And they announce it is the most we have ever paid an assistant in the history of BSU football.… Read more »
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First of all, I think play calling is a little over rated. Sure you want to call something thet maximizes what you have on the field and minimizes the defense. And you don’t run into the defenses strengths. It’s all about exection. And agreed, it is important to call what your team can exectute best but again, much over rated.
That said, if Hamden can make sure his position coaches do their jobs all he has to do is not call bubble screens that go for two yards.
Could there be something else as to why he changed jobs and took a pay cut?
There sure may be. It appears his salary takes a dip the last couple of jobs. There could be a reason besides preformance. Boise, and the calibar of atheletes relative to the competition offers him a chance to pad his resume a bit. Also, he may figure Andy’s days are numbered and he’d like to be next in line. However, ‘the best laid plans of mice and men…’
… I don’t like it. More I look into it, more I think Boise could have done much better. I know Hamdan’s been around the NFL, PAC-12, and SEC, but looking into it, not that impressive. 2017 NFL – QB coach for Matt Ryan. The year before Hamdan joined Atlanta, Ryan finished 2nd in yards and touchdowns, won league MVP and went to the Superbowl. Not sure what Hamdan gets credit for when the guy was already elite. Likely only got the job because Koetter was the offensive coordinator and was recommended by Petersen. PAC-12: I’ll give him this; in… Read more »