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Early Season Changes Leads To More Questions

After an absolutely embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Buckeyes last weekend, the Navy Midshipmen decided to make a change at offensive coordinator.

Enter a young, barely known man by the name of James Vernon.

This will be his first offensive coordinator job, having served as the Offensive Line Coach for Air Force under their previous famous head coach Fisher DeBerry and then current head coach Troy Calhoun.

Vernon is just 28 years old, having served his country in Afghanistan and Iraq on consecutive tours. Before that, Vernon played at Georgia Southern as an offensive guard for two seasons, before he tore a ligament in his left knee, ending his career.

"There were several reasons why we decided to make the change, but mostly, we wanted to bring in a new fresh set of eyes and mind to add to our offense. Coming from being at Air Force for so long, we think he'll be able to add to our offense and really make it a force to be reckoned with in both aspects of our offensive play," said Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk.

Now the question remains, can this new offensive coordinator truly help a team that's been so fundamentally built from the top to the bottom at doing nothing but running the flexbone triple option?

"It's not about what he can do this season," said head coach Ken Niumatalolo. "It's about what he can do for us several seasons down the road. We certainly don't expect him to come in and immediately start making such drastic changes that we see a completely different offense on the field."

"The fundamentals will always be there for us to be a power run football team. We just have to start making the changes gradually to become more balanced."


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