“I trust Kirby Smart,” said Pittman, who spent four years on staff as offensive line coach and was also associate head coach. “Kirby, with his hires, has been outstanding in what he’s done. He knew Coach Cochran. I promise you he’ll be a good special teams coordinator because Kirby’s not a guy that just hires guys on whims or anything of that nature, on recommendations of other people. He does his homework.”
That’s a quote from the guy who hired away Smart’s last special teams coach, the move that opened up the spot for Cochran’s hire.
And here’s an indication of how Cochran is going to go about his business in the new job:
“Coach Cochran has said he would like to use me as a resource to kind of help him be the best special teams coach he can be and best relate to the specialists that he’s going to be dealing with in the future,” said Blankenship who won the Lou Groza Award last season as the nation’s top kicker and wrapped up his Bulldog career as the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Blankenship plans to take Cochran up on that.
I’m sure there’s going to be a learning curve for him, but you’ve got to appreciate the thought that went into the decision to hire, as well as Cochran’s natural drive to do his job well. We’ll see where things go.