I read this and I’ve got one question:
Georgia largely stuck with a small rotation of veteran players along last season’s defensive line, but that practice created fatigue that Alabama obviously exploited in racking up 350 rushing yards against the Bulldogs in the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs’ coaching staff has vowed to rotate more players up front this fall — and Drew and Bailey are among the seven or eight players that Wilson hopes will figure heavily into that rotation.
But they have to prove to their new position coach that they deserve the opportunity, as neither player has been more than a role player thus far in his college career.
“[Wilson] mentioned it to me one time before that he likes competition within the players because if he puts you in a position and you’re not getting it done, he bumps someone else in there,” Drew said. “He wants you to take enough initiative to say, ‘OK, I’ve got to get my stuff together and win my spot back.’ So we look at it as a competition between the two players, but it’s actually just a way to make each other better.”
Exactly how much control does the position coach have over on-the-field personnel decisions? Ching is very careful to start that passage with “Georgia”, as opposed to Garner or Grantham, so I have no idea who deserves blame for last season’s player fatigue (an observation I agree with, by the way).
Obviously, I’d like to point the finger at Garner, since he’s the one who’s gone now, but is that fair? And if it’s not, how confident should we be that Grantham’s learned from last year’s experience and this year’s input from Wilson?