Harsin: Wife helped in return to play calling

Posted at 11:04 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 01:04:27-04

Boise State will have new offensive and defensive coordinators on the staff this fall but head coach Bryan Harsin says that's not affecting him as he prepares for the season.  Harsin is preparing for a return to a familiar role as he'll be calling the offensive plays this season.

"I know this, I'm not going anywhere and I really do love the x's and o's.  It's what I enjoy about this game so I want to be involved, to be able to put myself back in that position and to have guys on staff that can also do it and we can work together and come up with the plan," Harsin said.

Coach Harsin says his wife actually encouraged him to return to calling plays.

"I think you should do it, went to sleep and woke up and thought, 'I think I should do it.' There's not a whole process that goes behind it, just sometimes the conversation like that you get really excited and your blood starts to boil, yeah, that's what I want to do."

The Broncos won't have to worry about a new face at the heart of their offense as Brett Rypien returns under center.  Harsin says the development Rypien showed throughout last year continued through the offseason. 

"The whole key is what did you learn?  He has gone back and studied that, he has physically changed just as he is maturing.  As a team you always want to have that, so you're just playing the game of football, having fun for three-and-a-half hours and you're not really thinking about all the other stuff cause you're preparing the right way," Harsin said.

Harsin also talked about Jeremy McNichols, the soft-spoken running back who scored 20 touchdowns last season.  Harsin says he isn't concerned about how much McNichols does or doesn't talk, as long as he keeps grinding it out on the field.

"I hope he just pounds the rock, whatever you get out of him that's just a bonus.  If he walks up there and says, 'Hey, I just have to be here so I won't get fined,' then I will be fine with that too as long as he gets out there and keeps being a great teammate and playing really hard."