So, my problem with finding a replacement for Ron Vanderlinden was that no one had worked with Roof and Butler as linebackers coach, since they were the linebackers coach. And then it hit me. Perhaps the replacement for Vanderlinden is John Butler. Let's review his position coach resume, shall we. Previous job? Outside linebackers and special teams coach at South Carolina in 2011. That year, South Carolina's top three outside linebackers recorded 19.5 TFL and 3 sacks. Before South Carolina, linebackers coach at Minnesota from 2007 to 2010. During that time, linebackers averaged 24.9 TFLs and 5.5 sacks each season, with a high of 31 TFLs and 12.5 sacks in 2008. As I stated in my previous post, even last season, with Mauti and Hodges on the edges, the linebackers for Penn State only had 15.5 TFLs.
This leads me to believe the most likely replacement for Ron Vanderlinden is John Butler himself. Given his experience and the lack of any obvious connection to another candidate, this move seems logical. Now that opens up the spot at cornerbacks coach. Perhaps Anthony Midget adopts those duties into his own and becomes secondary coach. Perhaps not. But it sure seems that Butler seems like a fit to slide in for Vanderlinden seamlessly.