Simon won’t return as Blue Hens’ offensive coordinator

NEWARK ­— While there were various reasons, it was also pretty clear that the Delaware football team’s offense struggled down the stretch this season.

The Blue Hens’ 20-6 loss to James Madison in the NCAA FCS Division I football playoffs on Saturday only reinforced that feeling.

Delaware didn’t pick up its first pass completion or its first first down in that game until the final two minutes of the second quarter. The Hens totaled 185 yards, the fourth time this season the Hens were held under 200 yards of offense.

Delaware offensive coordinator Matt Simon.

So many UD fans won’t be surprised that head coach Danny Rocco announced on Tuesday afternoon that offensive coordinator Matt Simon won’t return next season.

Simon was the Hens’ OC in both of Rocco’s two season with the Hens.

“Coach Simon and I met on Monday to discuss our 2018 season, as well as to look towards the future of our program,” Rocco said in a prepared statement. “During the course of this meeting, we both mutually agreed to part ways.

“We appreciate Coach Simon’s efforts and commitment over the past two years. He worked hard and represented our program well. We wish him the best as he pursues his next opportunity.”

Delaware said it would begin a search for a new offensive coordinator immediately.

The Hens, who lost their last three games of the season, failed to score touchdowns in two of those three contests. They only kicked field goals in a 17-3 loss to Stony Brook and the 20-6 loss to JMU.

Delaware finished seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring offense (24.4 points), 11th in rushing offense (105.3 yards), 8th in passing offense (195.1 yards) and 10th in total offense (300.4 yards).

Simon wasn’t a member of Rocco’s coaching staff at Richmond when he was hired as Delaware’s head coach. A veteran of 35 seasons, including 10 as an NFL assistant, Simon spent his last six seasons at the University of Buffalo before being hired at UD.

The 63-year-old Simon was an assistant on both the University of Washington’s national championship team in 1991 and the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl champion squad in 2000.

 

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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