Coach Sumlin and B.J. Anderson will part ways this offseason after coaching together for the past 6 years. Furthermore, Coach Anderson will not be coaching in A&M’s bowl game. Instead, the offensive line will be coached by graduate assistant Chris Smith during this interim period.
Despite returning 4 of 5 starters from last year’s offensive line, this year’s unit was rather underwhelming. There seemed to be spotty pass protecting, the run blocking lacked aggression, and players often missed their assignments entirely.
Although the timing of the dismissal is a bit surprising, the dismissal itself is not. Many reports surfaced midseason that Anderson’s position could be one of multiple changes on the staff. So far, that has been exactly the case. Coach Snyder was fired nearly 3 weeks ago and WR Coach David Beaty accepted the head coaching position at Kansas. Anderson’s dismissal makes the 3rd assistant that Sumlin will have to replace this offseason.