“It’s something your program has to go through sometimes, but I think this program is about to be lights out.”

Damian Swann can’t stop comparing the two defensive coordinators he played for.

Said Swann: “It was a blessing for me to play under Pruitt for a year. You can see the difference in the numbers. You can see the difference in the leadership. You can see the difference in the way the entire defense plays, and that’s what we needed.”

Swann needed a grand finale to cap a college career that contained a noticeable downturn. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior was a top-100 national signee in 2011 who quickly earned playing time amid an experienced secondary containing Sanders Commings, Bacarri Rambo, Shawn Williams and Branden Smith.

That quartet was gone after the 2012 season, as were linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree and defensive linemen John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers, Abry Jones and Cornelius Washington. Nine members of Georgia’s defense two years ago have played in the NFL, and their departures left Swann battling through an erratic 2013 season.

“A lot of guys in my class played under Grantham when things were good,” Swann said. “We played under Grantham when we had two first-rounders, a second-rounder and some third- and fourth-rounders. I’ve played with some great talent, but when it went from those guys to a struggling season, it was like the world was ending.

Kinda makes you wonder what some of the kids on offense will be saying about their coordinators three years down the road.

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23 responses to ““It’s something your program has to go through sometimes, but I think this program is about to be lights out.”

  1. Mayor

    I’m not sure of the import of your final comment, Senator. Are you saying that the offensive players 3 years from now are going to view the time they had under Bobo as the defenders view 2013 under Grantham? That’s what it sounds like.

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  2. CannonDawg

    It’s not a bad thought that Richt would find such a world-beating OC that in 3 years the comparisons would be something akin to, “we never dreamed we’d be THIS good after Bobo.”

    Nothing wrong with dreaming, right?

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  3. PTC DAWG

    Many times, change us good.

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    • PTC DAWG

      is good.

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    • TennesseeDawg

      Then we should start at the top

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      • RugbyDawg79

        BOO !

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        • Macallanlover

          Not worth the effort my friend, there are those among us who are determined to bring the program down every time they can take a shot at it. Even with an otherwise positive post and comments, they have to rear their ugly head…they jes cain’t hep it. I am worried about how we survive the impact of Bobo’s loss, I can’t even imagine how bad losing both CMB and CMR would be. That kind of “dreaming” would be the true definition of a nightmare.

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          • there are those among us who are determined to bring the program down every time they can take a shot at it. Even with an otherwise positive post and comments, they have to rear their ugly head…they jes cain’t hep it.
            I don’t get those EeyoreDawgs. They are just unhappy no matter what. They are robbing themselves of beings a fan. imho.
            I am worried about how we survive the impact of Bobo’s loss,
            We once kept an under performing assistant coach ’cause he was a decent recruiter. When we lost Bobo we lost an OC, top recruiter and quarterback coach. That’s gonna sting no matter who we hire. We lost some crayons from that box. Won’t get ’em all back I don’t think.

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            • Macallanlover

              Very true AHD, I don’t think getting a play caller who can succeed with all the weapons at his disposal will be that difficult (no, that doesn’t mean they will please all those in our group because they will not bat a thousand every game. But, man, handling those duties plus replicating Bobo’s success as a QB coach and top recruiter just isn’t going to happen. Anyone not expecting some falloff for years isn’t dealing with reality.

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            • Mayor

              I don’t get you guys. Sure Georgia will miss Bobo, he’s been a fine OC, terrific QB coach and a great recruiter. But he puts on his pants one leg at a time just like everybody else. Friend, too. CMR will find good replacements and the program will go on. Both of you above are always badmouthing “negative nellies” for trying to bring the program down. What in the hell do you 2 think you are doing with posts like the 2 above? “Oh my…we’ll never be good again ’cause we lost Bobo.”…… “We’ll never be able to recruit without Bobo.”…..”It’s gonna sting.” Talk about negative!! At least see who CMR hires before pronouncing all that gloom and doom BS.

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          • TennesseeDawg

            Just wait till next year! It’s the Georgia motto.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Lesson: Better be damn sure you’re hiring the absolute best assistants. And keeping them as long as possible is even more important. D don’t be cowed by false loyalty into retaining poor assistants.

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  5. A10Penny

    Say we hold onto Pruitt for three more years, but Ramsey/Park/Bauta/Eason look like UF under Driskell/Harris, etc and we hold onto an underperforming OC too long like we did with DC’s Martinez and Grantham. We could end up wasting some excellent defenses.

    Everything has to come together. We need to hit on one of the QB’s, keep recruiting the other positions at a high level AND get the right OC (not to mention hope that some random dude from Alabama can help our S&C program).

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  6. Rosezeee

    So why given he past experience, didn’t Richt assume OC responsibilities against Louisville:

    A) he didn’t want to be exposed his inability
    B) he is too lazy
    C) he thinks Lilly, without prior, experience, can do a better job
    D) all of the above

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    • Mayor

      You left off: E) He’s been criticized so much for in-game and end-of-game coaching faux pas that he’s gun shy and doesn’t want to take the risk and screw-up any more.

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  7. Will Trane

    In essence the Grantham hire was not good. And the head coaching decision by CMR was not good. Throw in “roster management” with that many players leaving. And you have another so-so year by CMR.
    Will CMR be a Saban and make a good OC hire. DC goes into 2nd year. Time will tell.

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  8. pete

    Another reason for CMR not calling plays in bowl…it could be that since 90% of the plan is already installed and who knows how close Lilly has worked with Bobo and actually knows something…just a thought. And as far as CMR hiring the right OC…he may be limited since he doesn’t hold the purse strings.
    We enjoyed some great offensive play under Bobo but this is not the end of the UGA program. There is some excitement mixed in with the concern, just wondering what the changes will bring. I know I’m watching with anticipation to see who we hire. We all knew this day was coming…coaches come and go. UGA remains…as do we fans.

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