There’s a new offensive coordinator at Stanford after it was announced that Mike Bloomgren has been promoted to the position from his former role offensive line coach and running game coordinator. The Cardinal are becoming a farm team for the Indianapolis Colts as former offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has left to join Andrew Luck and all the other former Stanford players and coaches in Indy. Of course, life must go on for the Cardinal and that involves an offense revamped around quarterback Kevin Hogan, who will rely on Bloomgren to lead the way from now on.
Bloomgren was an offensive assistant for the New York Jets from 2007 to 2011, a period that included two AFC title game appearances for Gang Green. Bloomgren got out of New York at just the right time by joining Stanford’s staff in 2011 and “earning” this promotion two years later.
The Cardinal are going through a huge overload on the sidelines as the latest call-up, if you will, to the Colts has them scrambling to fill holes once again. Mike Sanford will now cash the quarterbacks and receivers, Tavita Pritchard moves from defensive assistant to running backs coach and Bloomgren will still coach the interior offensive line while calling the plays.
Fortunately for Bloomgren, he has an outstanding young talent in Hogan around which to build this offense almost the same way it was with Luck under center. Hogan is coming off a fantastic freshman season that forecasts a Luck-esque career and that should make life a lot easier on Bloomgren as he fills his new role.