Well, it didn’t take very long for Mssrs. Bradley and Schultz to change their tune.
From Schultz (in a piece partially entitled “Richt’s fourth choice”, mind you), comes this keen observation:
Coaching hires never should be about winning the press conference. They’re about winning games.
And his colleague chimes in with this thought (after devoting a paragraph comparing the time frames surrounding the Groh and Grantham hires, of course):
But process isn’t our concern today. Product is.
How nice for that part of the Dawgnation that managed not to go off the deep end throughout the hiring process to have its sanity validated! Don’t you feel better now?
Seriously, the continued focus on the process über alles – hopefully, abandoned for good now – has taken silly to a new level. For all the bandwidth spilled, for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, Tech and Georgia find themselves in the exact same place today, with new defensive coordinators each school can trot out to recruits before signing day and who can begin installing their new systems in time for spring practice. (And, in any case, both are in a helluva lot better place than Tennessee is right now, no?)
So quit paying attention to the nonsense, Georgia fans. If you’ve got to read something about the situation now, how about this quote from Grantham’s soon-to-be former boss?
“It’s been great to have Todd,” Phillips said. “He’s contributed a tremendous amount to the defense. He’s grossly overqualified to be a defensive line coach. I knew that he’d be a coordinator pretty quick or even a head coach. He has all those qualities. We appreciate all he’s done.”