“I tell people all the time I’m fortunate to be at home.”

Bryan McClendon is the textbook example of why you shouldn’t immediately react to a Mark Richt hiring decision by being underwhelmed by it.  (I’ll leave out the overwhelmed examples for the moment.)

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8 responses to ““I tell people all the time I’m fortunate to be at home.”

  1. Damn good Dawg and an example of someone who worked hard, got an opportunity and made the best of it. I wonder if he would eventually be head coaching material?

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  2. Scorpio Jones, III

    I don’t know…shouldn’t he train Chubb to keep his hat and shoes on in the House?

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  3. Macallanlover

    He has been a very solid hire and certainly overcome the initial concerns many had with his hiring. Another reasons fans should stay off the internet and allow things to play out, there is plenty of time later to destroy a coach you aren’t satisfied with but just base it off results, not perceptions. Bryan McClendon is a great asset to this staff, has represented the university well, and seems to be well liked by players and recruits.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    McClendon has become THE top RB coach & RB recruiter in cfb. There’s also no denying he had a learing curve, and it affected the team – and that’s fine as long as everybody is willing to accept mistakes during the on-the-job-training period. Mistakes usually result in losses. Question is, did CMR do his due diligence and search far and wide for the best assistant, or did he do a lackadaisical search and get incredibly lucky with McClendon. More often than not, picking buddies or unproven assistants, has haunted CMR, not helped (see Willie, Eason, VanHalanger, Tereshinski, etc.). other on-the-job-trainees like CMB had quite a long learning curve, and I’d argue Friend has a ways to go before he’d be considered above average.

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    • Dawgaholic

      W Cobb, come on man. Might want to look at McCallan above and base your comments on results. Joe T’s strength program just led to a 4th qtr domination of a pretty good team, Van Halanger was seen by FSU people as a bigger loss than Richt, Eason’s had a significant positive impact as well, Willie struggled but Richt made the right call in the end.
      No one is going to have a perfect track record with hires but Richt has done pretty well. See BVG, Bobo, McClendon, Ball, Lily, Callaway, CJP, Wilson, Rocker.

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        Not sure we agree. I’m inclined to go a bit further back than last week to gauge CMRs results. And not sure I’d attribute current conditioning to Joe T. I think CJP deserves much of that credit. I will say I think the current staff is CMRs best. So I’ll put the wet blanket aside & look forward to whipping scu.

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        • Dawgaholic

          Probably don’t agree – I’m looking pretty far back when I go to BVG.

          Some people didn’t like Dooley in the 70s. I was ready to can Donnan in 1998. There’s always people looking for the next guy. Considering the rules we play by at UGA, I don’t think anyone would do better than CMR. Now if we played by the rules Bama or Auburn plays by or played FSU’s schedule…

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