As we sit here, Kirby Smart has two open spots on the coaching staff, one being the newly authorized one for a tenth assistant and the other to fill the hole created when Shane Beamer left for Oklahoma. I have no doubt these are high priority decisions for Smart, but unlike a lot of other head coaches, he hasn’t rushed to fill them. I’m not burning with desire for final decisions, but I am curious about what he’s taking his time over.
One reason I wonder about that — and keep in mind this is the purest, rankest speculation on my part, totally unsupported by any evidence — is whether it’s an indication that he’s pondering the possibility of restructuring the responsibilities of the staff in the course of making these next hires. What set that off in my mind is something Marc Weiszer tweeted yesterday.
Now, that could mean very little more than the usual talk about getting the tight ends more involved in the passing game, something we’ve heard so often over the years that we discount it a lot more than newly enrolled players seem to. Or it could mean something more. Could Smart be thinking about making Chaney a de facto tight ends coach? If so, would that have any effect on Chaney’s official role as the quarterbacks coach? While I have a hard time buying into that last possibility, as Chaney has a good record developing quarterbacks, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for an offensive coordinator not to be the QB coach also. (Saban just elected to go down that road, for example.)
Again, I have no idea about any of this. I’m just spinning off the top of my head, so don’t take it any more seriously than that. I’m sure Smart has a lot of options to choose from at the moment. I’ll be curious to see the result of what he’s looking for and thinking.
Speculate for yourselves in the comments.