Cal football announces offensive staff restructuring

After about a month of in-depth evaluation of the program, Cal head football coach Justin Wilcox announced Wednesday a restructuring of his staff that includes somewhat sweeping changes on the offensive side.

Coming off a season during which the offense was last in the Pac-12 in scoring (21.5 points per game) and total offense (343.5 yards per game), Beau Baldwin will retain his offensive coordinator role but will also coach the quarterbacks. Baldwin has coached the running backs and helped with the tight ends during his first two seasons as the offensive coordinator in Berkeley, but Wilcox wants him to take a more hands-on approach with the quarterbacks.

Former quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Marques Tuiasosopo will work with the tight ends. Burl Toler III and Nick Edwards will swap jobs, moving Toler III to the receivers and Edwards to the running backs. Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood is the only member of the offensive staff slated to work in the exact same position he held last season.

“We have had many conversations throughout our football program about how we can get better and this is one of those ways,” Wilcox said. “While we have shown progress in many areas, we are far from satisfied and feel like we can be much better in the future.”

While the offense is looking to improve a passing attack that was in the conference cellar in yards (186.2 per game), yards per completion (9.5) and yards per attempt (5.7), the defense is looking to continue its remarkable improvement.

The Bears’ defense jumped from allowing 42.6 points on 518.3 yards per game (both among the nation’s bottom five) in 2016 to allowing 21.3 points on 319.4 yards per game (both among the top 25) this year.

Defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter was retained, despite a handful of overtures from other schools, and inside linebackers coach Peter Sirmon added a co-defensive coordinator title. Oregon employs a defensive coordinator and two co-defensive coordinators, and Washington has a defensive coordinator and a co-defensive coordinator – labels that often allow schools to grant raises.

The rest of the primary staff remains unchanged with head strength and conditioning coach Torre Becton, special teams coordinator Charlie Ragle, defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander and defensive line coach Tony Tuioti.

“I have confidence in this group of coaches to lead our student-athletes to victories on the field and make a positive impact on their lives off of it,” Wilcox said in a statement. “We are in the process of building a program at Cal that everyone can be proud of and coaching continuity is important to build and sustain success. I believe we have the right group of people in place to make that happen and these adjustments will put them in even better positions to help our student-athletes achieve their goals.”

Rusty Simmons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: rsimmons@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Rusty_SFChron

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