Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE
After being fired by the Cardinals, Ron Aiken will take his talents to college ball.
Many ex-Cardinals coaches from the 2012-13 season have already found jobs. We know Ken Whisenhunt, special teams coach Kevin Spencer and former wide receivers coach Frank Reich all went to San Diego to join the Chargers. John McNulty, the Cards' former QB coach, went to Tampa Bay. And of course, Ray Horton is now with the Browns.
It seems that another coach was picked up off the street today, but not to coach with an NFL team. Former Cardinals defensive line coach Ron Aiken has agreed to join the Oregon Ducks as their defensive line coach.
Here is what he said about joining the team, per Addicted to Quack:
"This is a great opportunity for me to be at the University of Oregon and to assist with the continuation of the success they have enjoyed here," Aiken said. "Wherever I have coached, my goal has always been to do what I can to help win football games. I love teaching the fundamentals of the game as well as coming up with the schemes that will contribute to the development of young men."
One of the biggest differences that Aiken will now have to adjust to is the speed of the game. With Oregon's offense not chewing up a ton of clock when they are on the field, the defense is forced out there more than they probably should be. That means Aiken and the rest of the coaches are going to have to make sure that their athletes, especially along the defensive line, are well conditioned and consistently substituted.
Good luck to Coach Aiken in the future (except for the times they play the Sun Devils, of course!).