Jim Mastro turned down NFL overtures

William Mancebo

Jim Mastro's knowledge of the pistol was coveted in NFL circles, but he's not going anywhere.

Washington State running backs coach Jim Mastro is a loyal guy. This prefaces everything that comes next, including a report about NFL offers for Mastro. He was reportedly approached by teams looking to stop the pistol -- he's one of the godfathers of the formation -- and knows the ins and outs. And since the NFL is in a pistol phase that's probably more than a phase, it was only a matter of time before his name was called.

Take it away Bruce Feldman:

There are a few pieces to this, but the overall theme in Mastro turning down an NFL opportunity is loyalty. There's loyalty to Mike Leach and loyalty to one of his former players who happens to be an emerging star in the league.

Mastro and Leach have been friends for a very long time. That's why he's at Washington State: The opportunity to work with Leach, a close friend, was somewhat of a dream for him. He gets to go to work with a buddy of his, which is a pretty neat deal. Despite the struggles last year, it's unlikely Mastro is going anywhere, and his focus is staying with Washington State.

It's nice to see Mastro's name floated in NFL circles. He's well respected when it comes to the pistol, and this is another sign that his knowledge is coveted. While Washington State didn't use the pistol much, Mastro still has his hands in the offense. He's still helping mold how running backs are used and the types of looks the Cougars are showing off.

In the end, he's still going to be loyal to Leach and where he's at currently. He doesn't necessarily need to climb the ladder or show off his knowledge, and seems content where he's at. That's a good thing for Leach and Washington State. Having a man who was part of the Pistol Revolution (tm) on staff is never a bad thing.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join CougCenter

You must be a member of CougCenter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CougCenter. You should read them.

Join CougCenter

You must be a member of CougCenter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CougCenter. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker