A few thoughts come to mind after reading David Hale’s article about how the Georgia staff is reaching out to recruits to keep the waters calm until the new coaches are in place.
- Rodney Garner’s professionalism. We know he’s ambitious (not that that’s a bad thing). But he’s not letting his personal feelings interfere with his primary responsibility right now of keeping things together. Yes, he has a good product to push, but he’s still got to make the effort.
- Mark Richt’s demeanor. His program is in a state of flux, but he’s still the man. And from what it sounds like, that carries a lot of weight.
- Maybe the Internet has its uses after all. You see the usual brickbats fly all the time against message board posters and bloggers about how negative rumors can hurt the program, but Garner offers something of a reverse with this thought: “I think with the media, those rumors were out there all year,” Garner said. “I don’t know how shocked everyone was. The kids initially asked about it, but a lot of that was stirred by people calling them, asking what they thought.”
- Scheme, shmeem. There doesn’t seem to be too much worry about how a new DC might be expected to deploy his players.
“Schematically, everyone now is so versatile. We’re a 4-3 base under Coach VanGorder and Coach Martinez, but we did some 3-4 stuff,” Garner said. “We did multiple stuff. I think whomever or whatever coach or system goes, I think the personnel, the nucleus is here. You may have to go out and tweak it here or there if you change it a whole lot. We’re pretty versatile as is, so the guys are feeling fine.”