Kerry Coombs Out at Ohio State After Two Years As Defensive Coordinator

OUT: •Coombs •Washington •Studrawa •Barnes IN: •Knowles •Eliano •Walton •Frye

1/13/2022 10:30:00 PM

OUT: •Coombs •Washington •Studrawa •Barnes IN: •Knowles •Eliano •Walton •Frye

After a two-year return to the Ohio State program, Kerry Coombs' second stint with the Buckeyes has come to an end.

Coombs was Ohio State's defensive coordinator in title only after the Buckeyes' Week 2 loss to Oregon, which marked the third straight game dating back to last year's national championship loss in which the Buckeye defense had given up at least 31 points to its opponent.

Following the 35-28 loss to the Ducks, secondary coach Matt Barnes was given play calling duties for the Ohio State defense, and Coombs was moved from his usual post on the field to the press box.The Buckeye defense appeared to make improvements after the switch, which also saw Ohio State transition into more of a 4-2-5 base alignment, as the group gave up just 15.9 points per game from Game 3 through Game 11. But defensive struggles doomed Ohio State in a 42-27 loss to Michigan in the regular season finale, and the Buckeyes gave up 45 points to Utah in a Rose Bowl win to close out the season.

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Interesting…back to the NFL? Thank you for leading by example and your loyalty to the Buckeyes It didn't work but wasn't for a lack of trying, best of luck coach Long over due He will be missed, what a great man an example of a human being. Best of luck. Thank you for everything Best of luck, very good coach

What's Coach Hairball's take on these new hires? Great guy and a huge part of the 2014 championship team. Wish I had the gif of him jumping in the team huddle, legendary Wow!

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'What do you need water for, Sunshine?! We're stretching and you're a kicker!!'🤣🤣 Staying: Johnson/Hartline/and Tony Alford Met Coach Frye at a camp my son was at - I believe he was at BC then. Seemed like a sharp guy! Spielman for LB coach? Is Larry Johnson staying? This is good for the program. I’m sure the four that are out will find other opportunities

Nothing but the best to all of the coaches who are moving on. Excited about all of the additions. I feel like the additions address the areas that have been weaknesses for us. D needed an overhaul. Excited for it Rising to the challenge Complete overhaul.

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thanks for the credit does Parker Fleming deserve to stick around? I truly dont know Ryan Day not messing around. Sorry to see him go out this way, but he’ll always be a Buckeye coaching legend to me. His energy and passion was unmatched. Good luck coach! No one on the coaching staff will ever replicate the intensity, energy, and passion Coach Coombs had for The Ohio State University. ❤️you, Coach!

I don't know if I have seen anyone care for and love OSU like Kerry has. Sad to see him go again but this defense needs some major changes. Gotta like how Ryan Day has made that a priority. Looking forward to a secondary coach who lets DB's make plays on the ball instead of face guarding with their backs turned at all times.

It was time. Great motivator, but defense was getting worse each year. We should’ve kept him as our db coach man 😥 he made osu dbu There is a God

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11W is hilarious used a picture of him with moving packed bags Too bad. Always liked Kerry Coombs. His energy was unequaled on the sidelines. Good luck Kerry! He just wasn’t qualified to be a DC… can’t fault the guy. Really…y’all got him with his bags and suitcase. 😳

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Jacksonville Jaguars cornerbacks coach Tim Walton. Coombs was Ohio State's defensive coordinator in title only after the Buckeyes' Week 2 loss to Oregon, which marked the third straight game dating back to last year's national championship loss in which the Buckeye defense had given up at least 31 points to its opponent. Following the 35-28 loss to the Ducks, secondary coach Matt Barnes was given play calling duties for the Ohio State defense, and Coombs was moved from his usual post on the field to the press box. The Buckeye defense appeared to make improvements after the switch, which also saw Ohio State transition into more of a 4-2-5 base alignment, as the group gave up just 15.9 points per game from Game 3 through Game 11. But defensive struggles doomed Ohio State in a 42-27 loss to Michigan in the regular season finale, and the Buckeyes gave up 45 points to Utah in a Rose Bowl win to close out the season. Barnes was hired by Memphis as the program's new defensive coordinator following the Buckeye bowl game, but Coombs' future with Ohio State was uncertain until now. In Coombs' first stint with the Buckeyes from 2012 through 2017, which saw him coach cornerbacks and special teams before becoming an assistant defensive coordinator, every starting cornerback on the team reached the NFL. Coombs was the secondary coach for the Tennessee Titans under head coach Mike Vrabel in 2018 and 2019, but returned to Ohio State to take on the role of defensive coordinator following the departure of co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley.