So, we heard from Kirby yesterday, for the first time since he hired Todd Monken and watched James Coley leave for Texas A&M. What we got was an obvious series of questions and a polite dodge.
Kirby Smart stood at the podium late Wednesday morning in the Georgia football team meeting room for a signing day press conference.
It was the first time he met with the media since since the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans so that meant that recruiting certainly wasn‘t the only topic to come up.
The Bulldogs coach was asked about new offensive coordinator Todd Monken and the philosophy change that may come with him. Monken’s offenses at Oklahoma State and in the NFL with Tampa Bay piled up the passing yards.
“I can’t honestly say that right now,” Smart said. “I think everyone wants to hear some grand speech of opening this up and doing that. That’s not necessarily what you need. What you need is to be productive, score points, and do the explosive plays which we’ve talked about consistently.”
Monken replaced James Coley as offensive coordinator after one season. Coley was moved to assistant head coach but left after four seasons on staff to be tight ends coach at Texas A&M.
When Smart was asked about how different the offense will look under Monken, he pointed to the remaining opening on his coaching staff.
“I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “I think the roles on our 2020 staff still aren’t complete with our assistant coach spot open. I think that will develop out as we go along. Certainly excited, I know the kids are excited for the opportunity but we’ll have to see where that goes.”
That wasn’t the question I wish had been asked, unfortunately. What I much would have rather heard was how much autonomy in the offensive design Smart intends to give Monken, in comparison to whatever restraints Coley was expected to operate within.
Yeah, we still probably wouldn’t have gotten a detailed answer, but I have a feeling the dodge would have been more informative. Oh, well.