Coaching Style, Air Raid Offense, OL Rating, Zach Rice


CHAPEL HILL, NC — North Carolina hired Jack Bicknell as its new official offensive line coach on Thursday, and on Saturday the veteran college and NFL coach was working with the offensive line of UNC during the third spring training of 2020.

Bicknell comes to UNC after one season at Louisville and before that three seasons at Ole Miss where he worked with Carolina offensive coordinator Phil Longo.

“Jack Bicknell is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country and has been for a long time,” UNC head coach Mack Brown said in a statement. “He is widely regarded as one of the best teachers in the game, and his ability to mold and mold offensive linemen is one of the main reasons we targeted him. He also has experience into Coach Longo’s offensive system and that familiarity will help him hit the ground run and ensure a smooth transition for our young men.”

Bicknell’s extensive experience includes more than three decades in the coaching ranks, including 10 as a head coach and seven in the NFL.

On Monday, Bicknell sat down with the local media for over 20 minutes and discussed everything from his coaching style, his previous relationship with Brown, the Air Raid system, cross-training offensive linemen, restoring confidence, practice pass protection and Zach Rice.

Scroll below to watch the full press conference and read selected quotes.

(Inside Carolina’s Gregory Hall contributed to this report)