While I’m sorry to see Orson Charles leaving, it’s pretty exciting to hear that Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams are staying put in Athens. Assuming Smith, Washington and Commings do the same (and Seth Emerson indicates all three are leaning towards doing so), that’s nine starters returning on a defense that finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in total defense. That ain’t too shabby.
What’s even more encouraging is this quote from Williams:
“I am going to come back,” Williams told DawgNation on Wednesday night. “I want to play with Coach Grantham again and try to be an All-American. That is my goal.”
“I want to play with Coach Grantham again” – when’s the last time you heard a Georgia defensive player talk like that?
I once bemoaned the program for having a crisis of faith, by which I meant “the coaches lack faith in the players to execute and the players lack faith in the coaches’ ability to deploy them efficiently and effectively.” Williams sounds like someone who believes again.
Obviously, they’re not near all the way back yet. And if the just-concluded season told us anything, it’s that the Georgia program still needs to learn how to finish a game. But I do wonder how we’re going to look back on the Grantham hire five years from now.