There goes one pet theory.

Honestly, I thought Kirby Smart engineered Scott Fountain’s departure to Arkansas as a way to open up a spot on his staff to bring someone like Todd Monken on board without running off another offensive assistant.  Based on this, though, I have to admit that doesn’t make much sense.

Additionally, the Razorbacks contracted to pay buyouts for a couple of the assistant coaches.

Arkansas agreed to pay Kentucky an amount not to exceed $100,000 for LeBlanc, who will draw an annual salary of $450,000. The Razorbacks agreed to pay Georgia an amount not to exceed $32,5000 for special teams coach Scott Fountain, who also agreed to a $450,000 salary.

You don’t pay a buyout for a coach who’s already been fired.  So, Sam Pittman coaxed Fountain into jumping ship and joining him for a nice pay raise.  Unless you figure Kirby’s blown through three-dimensional chess mastery and is working on level four by somehow anticipating that Pittman wanted Fountain badly enough to cut Greg McGarity a check for the privilege…

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  1. Hobnail_Boot

    I suspect that Kirby decided to move on from Coley some time in November.

    Fountain leaving just allowed him to adjust his timeline to find Coley’s replacement.

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    • Down Island Way

      I’m gonna wager CKS had a feeling something had to change or move on in early to mid October no matter what, the month of November solidified his Spidey sense

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  2. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    This just means Coley was always going to be a goner. The decision was probably made sometime after the title game, after Kirby had a chance to watch tape.

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  3. Dawgflan

    My pet theory is Justin Fields forced the change in scheme.

    Seeing what he did in his first year at OSU had to make Smart realize the stark difference that a space and player-friendly scheme can make. Smart saw the learning curve Justin went through to learn UGA’s scheme, and would talk about “needing to learn to make good decisions” quite a bit. Six months later he’s already learned how to make good decisions in a completely new system, and puts up a Heisman candidate season. Meanwhile, in Athens, the high quality, more seasoned QB that Fields couldn’t overtake puts up a decidedly un-Heisman campaign.

    From a recruiting, development, and program wins/championship perspective, the need for better Xs and Os in addition to Jimmies/Justins/Joes all crystallized in Justin Fields.

    That’s my no evidence-based theory. 🙂

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    • ASEF

      If it hurts recruiting, it will get Kirby’s attention in a hurry.

      Fields blowing up at Ohio State while Fromm struggled absolutely hurt recruiting. Kirby apparently tried to get Bryce Young in for a late, “under the radar” visit, and he got turned down flat. I am not saying that spurred anything, but it’s a telling anecdote. Sales is a numbers game. The fewer you can pitch, the fewer you can close.

      And college football is a QB game right now. A super elite roster like Georgia’s gives you a large margin for error, but you better be able to find that weak link in the secondary and eat it alive when you hit the field against an equivalent opponent.

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    • dawgtired

      THAT, is an interesting take. I’ll have to weigh that theory. It’s something to consider.
      My initial thought was Fields progressed quicker simply because of the reps he HAD to have at OSU vs the reps he got as a back up at UGA. Still, I’ve heard many fans of ‘spread offenses’ discuss the simplicity for high school QBs.
      If Monken is about to unfold a system that our offense can catch onto quickly, and our defense continues to be what they have been…oh boy.

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      • Russ

        I thought the same as Dawgflan. Fields didn’t suddenly decide to try. Day molded a system around his abilities and it got them to the playoffs (and should have gotten them past Clemson for an ass-beating from LSU). Kirby has eyes and saw what everyone else saw.

        I don’t think we’ll see wholesale changes to our offense, but given Monken’s referenced work at building an offense around the talent at hand, I do expect to see more plays/scheme built to take advantage of our particular talent. Hopefully it’s more than just “jet sweep” for Cook, or “one read and run” (a la Justin Fields) for Newman. If we had TWO plays for each player to potentially run, that doubles our options!

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      • stoopnagle

        It makes sense to me. Kirby has been thinking about it and he had to choose in ’18 do I go with what got me one play away from a national title, or do I go wholesale on a true freshman. He chose the former and tried to massage the latter, but nope. Now he doesn’t have a choice.

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    • dawgman3000

      Interesting take my man. Between the Fields saga and what really happened behind the scenes with Richt and Pruitt, I’m almost certain a best seller among UGA fans could be written.

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  4. ASEF

    $32,500? There’s a few hours of ‘cruitin’ helicopter air time.

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  5. jt10mc (the other one)

    Fontaine wasn’t fired and had a place on the staff. Whoever is theorizing this doesn’t know what they are talking about.

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