We are on Day 2 of the Georgia defensive coordinator watch (at least the second full day).
Georgia fans have moved on quickly, ready for the post-Todd Grantham era to begin.
Not a lot of tears shed from the fan base from what I can tell, but one national analyst had a bit of a different take.
ESPN’s Andre Ware said Grantham was under a lot of pressure “and a lot of heat that was unjust.”
It was unjust, he said, because Grantham lost NFL first-rounders Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree and other draft picks and replaced them with young and inexperienced players.
“I think it was kind of an unjust move,” Ware, an analyst for the SEC’s syndicated games, said on air. “I think he would have preferred to stay at Georgia, but there was just so much heat that he had no choice but to leave Georgia and go to Louisville and really start all over again.”
Ware isn’t among those who see Georgia as a top-15 caliber team next season. He said there are questions at quarterback, on defense and on the offensive line.
“I don’t think it’s kind of a spring back year, it’s one of those years where you take this year’s results and you kind of march on with them for another season and then maybe you expect some big things to happen,” Ware said.
–Georgia has posted the two defensive openings on the university’s employment web site.
Grantham coached the outside linebackers, but the other position coach vacancy is in the secondary where Scott Lakatos resigned.
Does this mean that Georgia will hire a defensive coordinator that coaches the secondary like Alabama’s Kirby Smart or Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt? Don’t read into it that much. Georgia has listed a position opening during a search in recent years and filled it with someone that ended up coaching another position.
One of the job responsibilities listed in a laundry list of them is to “establish criteria for helmet bones and victor’s club.”
–Now time for your daily Lorenzo Carter update.
I haven’t been able to reach the five-star Norcross defensive end since Grantham left, but he was in studio on Fox Sports’ recruiting show last night.
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Georgia is still in good shape with him since it’s getting him on the final recruiting weekend for an official visit.
“If they do something outstanding and just blow my mind away than I might end up committing, but I don’t see it happening,” he said. “I think I’m just going to wait until national signing day and just take it slow, pray about it.”
Carter is taking an official visit to Florida State. He mentioned Pruitt by name and his connection from Alabama, where he previously worked. Pruitt’s name has surfaced with the Georgia coordinator job by some national college football writers and at Dawgs247. So at least that connection would be there if he ended up getting hired by Georgia.
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