Here’s a good thought piece, inspired by the Athlon rankings of college football coaches, from Rocky
Talk Top Top Talk. The question he asks is whether it’s better to have a head coach who’s an elite recruiter, or one who’s an elite tactician.
Of course, as he notes right off the bat, we’d like our man to be both, but there simply aren’t that many of those types out there. Second place?
Perhaps the best strategy is to have an elite recruiter – as we’ve seen, it’s almost impossible to win a title without elite talent – and make your coordinators the expert tacticians.
And as I think about this question in the context of Georgia football, Smart comes in with a clean slate. What do we think we’re getting in him? Early indications appear to show he will turn out to be one of the better recruiters in the country, but as far as directing traffic goes, we won’t know for sure until game time. And some of that will no doubt be built based upon how good his staff is tactically.
Is Smart the master recruiter good enough by himself to bring Georgia a conference championship? (I don’t think anyone would argue that Smart the master tactician would be without a sufficient talent base.) Before you dismiss that thought, consider what Les Miles has accomplished in Baton Rouge.
Honestly, and at risk of sounding like a broken record here, I’m not so much looking for a master tactician as I am someone who’s focused enough to stay on top of the details. If Smart can handle that better than Richt did, and bring in the elite talent, I think we’ll be fine.