I don’t want to make too big a deal about this. Then again, it shouldn’t be underestimated, either.
In each of tight end Jeb Blazevich’s first three seasons at Georgia, he had to adjust to a different offensive coordinator. Last year, there was also a new head coach and a new position coach.
That’s why continuity on Georgia’s offensive coaching staff for the first time since 2014 has lightened the burden entering spring practice, which began on Tuesday.
“It saves me a lot of studying, a lot less stress,” the senior said. “Just time spent away from here learning it. In terms of practically what it can do for the football team, we’re able to take bigger steps forward.”
You can say the same thing about every offensive position group — in fact, even more so for the offensive linemen, running backs and wide receivers who went through multiple position coaches before Smart’s arrival. It’s kind of hard to get into a groove when you have to unlearn some old things as fast as you take on the new.
No, I don’t expect to see Georgia transformed into a top ten offensive juggernaut overnight as a result. I do expect that familiarity should make it easier to progress up the 2017 learning curve, though.