Bill King bids Jim Chaney a not so fond farewell.
You could make a good case that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney leaving Georgia this past week for Tennessee was a win-win situation.
In what otherwise could be seen as less than a lateral move, Chaney gets considerably more money from a rebuilding UT program than he was going to get from Georgia, which is on the verge of ranking alongside Alabama and Clemson atop college football.
And, without Chaney’s limited upside as a play-caller, Georgia now might actually be able to get over that hump and become the elite program that Bulldog Nation is expecting from Kirby Smart.
While not quite as stark a case of addition by subtraction as when Todd Grantham thankfully departed Athens to coordinate defenses elsewhere, Chaney leaving solves a problem that Smart didn’t appear ready to deal with, despite rumblings out of Athens this past season that there was growing frustration within UGA’s Butts-Mehre athletic complex over the Dawgs’ repeated failures in short-yardage and first-and-goal situations.
Whew. Almost hitting Todd Grantham territory isn’t quite “don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, Jim”. But it’s close.
There’s plenty more where that came from, but I can’t argue that Bill’s ultimate assessment, Chaney being a good but not elite OC, is unfair to the man. The stats kind of speak to that. Take a look at this points differential comparison between the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Now, Fornelli goes on to say, “Georgia’s drop isn’t a major concern. You’d like to see improvement from year to year, but Georgia’s average point differential per game only dropped 0.36 points”, but any way you look at it, Georgia’s offense suffered the largest drop in the division. Sure, some of my hot take goes to bad offenses at places like Florida and Kentucky getting better, but it’s still not a good look.
More relevantly, it’s not a look you want to see turn into a trend. Especially if it means overpaying the guy who’s overseeing the offense.