Georgia is expected to name Washington Redskins assistant coach Kirk Olivadotti to its defensive coaching staff by the end of the week.
And at least one former Bulldog says that is very good news.
“UGA you just got one hell of a coach in Kirk Olivadotti,” former Georgia and current Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels posted on Twitter. “The defense just got a whole lot better. One of the smartest coaches I have ever known. Enjoy success with him on board. Congrats K.O.”
Georgia hasn’t announced the hire, but the Washington Post reported that Olivadotti is leaving the Redskins to accept the position. Assistant-coaching hires at Georgia often are delayed for a day or longer while pre-employment background checks are completed.
Makes me wonder what I could accomplish if I wasn’t kidding.
Joking aside, there’s a lot to like about this hire.
- The process. No muss, no bother. The lack of drama around this (and Friend’s hire) speaks volumes about what seems to be a new sense of control and order around the football program. It’s early and I don’t want to read too much into it, I continue to be impressed with the absence of false steps lately. I’ve said it before, but sometimes a losing season does have the benefit of focusing the mind.
- Delegation. Friend’s hire was an indication to me that Richt was giving his coordinators more responsibility to fashion the staff. Olivadotti’s hire cements that. I don’t think there’s any doubt this is Grantham’s guy. It’s another sign that Richt has been willing to adjust his management style.
- The résumé. Olivadotti’s experience is tailor-made for what Georgia was looking for in Belin’s replacement: 11 years in the NFL working with top-notch coordinators, with experience in quality control, position coaching at all three levels of the defense and special teams coaching experience to boot. In fact, it’s so in tune with Georgia’s needs I almost wonder what the catch is.
The question we should be asking today is how a program with a head coach on everybody’s hot seat managed to make itself attractive enough to draw an established NFL coach of Olivadotti’s caliber. The pessimist in me keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop, but in the meantime, I have to acknowledge that Mark Richt is still on a roll. He needed a big offseason and so far he’s got one.