The Washington Huskies announced today that Bush Hamdan would return to replace Jonathan Smith as the Offensive Coordinator and QB coach. Hamdan previously served as the UW Wide Receivers coach in 2016 (and offensive quality control assistant in 2015) before leaving to join the Atlanta Falcons as their QB coach this year. Smith departed this week to become the new head coach at Oregon State.
Hamdan will continue to serve in his current capacity with the Falcons until their season ends and then will join the UW staff. Husky fans will hope that Atlanta misses the playoffs so Hamdan will have as much time as possible to contribute to recruiting. Matt Ryan’s play has dropped off significantly this season for Atlanta but general sentiment is that is more attributable to the dropoff from Kyle Shanahan to Steve Sarkisian rather than to Hamdan.
The Huskies will get a chance to see if it was a coincidence that Hamdan’s single year as a WR coach coincided with perhaps one of the best receiving seasons the Huskies have ever had. John Ross parlayed his tremendous success into a top-10 NFL draft pick while Dante Pettis made a leap as a receiver that season to go along with his special teams expertise. Hamdan also helped to secure the 2017 recruiting class which included a trio of talented wide outs in Ty Jones, Terrell Bynum, and Alex Cook.
So how do you feel about this move?