2019 presents yet another way Kirby Smart will try to emulate his mentor.
The heightened expectations surrounding the Georgia football program haven’t changed even after the departures of a pair of coordinators who helped the Bulldogs reach the national title game in 2017 and came close to a return to the College Football Playoff in 2018.
Kirby Smart’s team this season is widely pegged to reach the final four. If the Bulldogs do, they’ll be the rare team in the playoff era to accomplish that after losing both coordinators from the previous year.
Of the 20 teams to reach the playoff in the five years of the system, only Alabama last year did so after a turnover in both its offensive and defensive coordinators.
Georgia will try to join the Crimson Tide this season with James Coley replacing Jim Chaney as offensive coordinator and Dan Lanning stepping up as defensive coordinator to succeed Mel Tucker.
Ironically, Nick Saban finds himself doing the same thing again in 2019.
4 responses to ““Kirby knows what he’s doing, they’re going to be primed and ready.””
I’m hoping Coley is an upgrade at OC and Lanning can at least replace Tucker competently–after all he still has Kirby next to him on the sideline.
Maybe this will keep Kirby from burning up those headsets.??
A lot of hype…but nothing but air so far. Personally, I think we are better this year than last, but so is Bama imo.
But this is the year we beat them, if we stay healthy.
For such a loaded team we are dangerously thin at QB and with Zeus on the mend, it’s hard to know how productive our RBs behind Swift will be. I’m definitely not trying to be a buzzkill, because I agree if we’re healthy, we should be better this year. If Fromm and Swift go down, however, our season could derail quickly.