The interesting thing about this Jason Butt story on Georgia’s new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach is that, contrary to what many of us thought, it wasn’t that Kirby Smart wanted Sam Pittman and went after Jim Chaney to help reel Pittman in. It was, apparently, just the opposite.
Smart long felt like Chaney would be an ideal offensive coordinator to work with back when he was at Alabama. Smart even said Chaney’s name would come up as a potential coordinator option every so often when there was a vacancy.
So naturally, Smart reached out to Chaney to gauge his interest on the Georgia offensive coordinator job. Chaney responded but wanted his old buddy Pittman to come along if he could.
“He felt strongly about coach Pittman,” Smart said. “He’d worked with Sam so many times. They were a great tandem.”
And, no, I’m not sure how the Dan Enos story fits in to that narrative… except I imagine it gave Kirby some degree of pleasure to discover that Pittman didn’t have a non-compete clause in his contract.
In any event, it does sound like the two mesh nicely with what Smart wants on offense.
Smart’s philosophy on offense is that it all starts up front with the line play. Having two assistants so like-minded and on the same page helps, considering the two can operate seamlessly…
“When I interviewed those two guys it was really a no-brainer to hire them,” Smart said. “The fact they came together, and got a nucleus, I knew the next three positions I hired on offense, they would be able to work with them. There would be some continuity there. And I’d have some flexibility to hire good recruiters from this area, from this state, like (running backs) coach (Dell) McGee, (special teams coordinator and tight ends coach) Shane (Beamer) and (receivers coach James) Coley. Those three were more flexible once I got the key cogs.”
Given that Georgia’s breaking in its third offensive coordinator in three seasons, it can’t hurt.