This is such a smart take by Jeff Schultz ($$) on why Kirby Smart’s offseason has been so impressive.
Since the end of a season that again came up short of the primary objective, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has made over his offensive coaching staff (and possibly his philosophy), lured a highly regarded transfer quarterback to Athens, signed the nation’s top recruiting class and, as if banging a gong from the roof of the Butts-Mehre building, and with an evil laugh, stole renowned strength coach and motivational ninja Scott Cochran away from Alabama.
Imagine if all decision-makers in sports responded this way to failure.
This should not be taken as some declaration that Georgia is going to win the national championship, or even the SEC title, in 2020. But in the past eight weeks, Smart has exemplified how the steward of a sports program should operate after anything less than a championship. If the Bulldogs don’t win titles, it won’t be because Smart didn’t acknowledge that for as much as he has accomplished in his four seasons, it wasn’t nearly good enough.
There are no guarantees, in football or in life. But as I wrote after Smart brought Monken on board,
As for Smart himself, again, I’m more impressed by his willingness to challenge himself in how best to manage his program. I don’t know how Monken works out, but at least we now have evidence that Smart is open-minded about how to achieve success. And as I also pointed out last week, in hiring two former head coaches to round out his staff, he’s also shown that he’s comfortable with himself. (Not to mention that in hiring Luke and Monken, both of whom will have an opportunity to rehabilitate their reputations after being fired from their last positions, Kirby’s following a certain process á la Tuscaloosa.)
That last paragraph, more than anything else in this post, is why I’m optimistic about where the program is headed from here.
I don’t know if everything he’s done will work, but I’m impressed he’s trying.